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Reworlding: Ramallah

Short Science Fiction Stories from Palestine

Onomatopee Z0017

Critical science fiction, on its most basic level, is an opportunity to experiment with new ways of existing in the world; imaging different, economic, political and social structures. Within its pages, science fiction holds the space to test ambitious projects without the fear of failure. Reading and writing science fiction is, in all its imaginative and disruptive potential, something which I believe is valuable to anyone living under conditions which they wish to change.

‘Reworlding’ is the name given to a concerted effort to reimagine the places and spaces we inhabit, by generating a multiplicity of futures with which to affect the present positively. Reworlding takes the notion of worldbuilding beyond any ostensible purpose as art or entertainment and deploys aspects of it as a radical tool to instigate change in the world.

The stories compiled in this book were the outcome of a writing workshop series led by Callum Copley in a town called Birzeit, a few miles north of Ramallah, Palestine. From alien experiments to fortune-tellers and telepathic conspiracies; the stories compiled here represent visions of the West Bank and beyond, reworlding both the local and the interplanetary. Although the contributions in the collection vary in form, length and style, all join a rapidly growing but comparatively small niche of Palestinian science fiction.

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Onomatopee Z0017, Callum Copley, 2019

Reworlding Ramallah

short science fiction stories from Palestine

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“Science Fiction is an opportunity to understand ourselves, our hopes and our fears, and imagine a world radically different than the one we are presented with today – free from the restraints of time. It is a place where we can create exciting new futures and explore how we might get there tomorrow.” 

How does the future meet us halfway? Can we think of freedom beyond a logic of progress? How can we envision a political horizon beyond the realities around us? What are the limitations of raising questions about the future in this way? These are the types of questions underpinning the workshops in which consisted of drawing tasks, readings, discussions, and movie screenings that ultimately concluded in the development of their own stories.

The stories complied in this book were the outcome of workshop series held in Birzeit, Palestine from January to April 2019, hosted by Disarming Design From Palestine. The workshop explored the concept of worldbuilding within Science Fiction as a method to reimagine the places and spaces we inhabit, by generating a multiplicity of futures with which to positively effect the present. The workshop was not only an opportunity to experiment with new ways of existing in the world; imaging different, economic and social structures, but facilitated a critical perspective on the familiar. 

Type
softcover
Dimensions
114 x 181 mm / 4.5 x 7.1 inch (portrait)
Pages
164
ISBN
978-94-93148-18-5
Editor
Callum Copley
Author
Hilda Moucharrafieh, Shayma Nader, Adele Jarrar, Shada Mustafa, Qusai Al Saify, Hiba Isleem, Jamila Ewais, Fakhry Al-Serdawi
Graphic
Callum Copley, Francisca Khamis, Joud Toamah
Language
English / arab
Release date
19/10/2019
Binding
glued
Paper
Holmen Book Cream 80 gr. inside pages and Munken Print Cream 150 gr. cover
Edition
900
Color
black/white
Printer
Printon, Tallin (Est)
Image specs
6 b/w images
Translator
Sabaa Rjoub, Maria Khatchadourian, Hala Namer, Hilda Moucharrafieh
Made possible by
Onomatopee, Disarming Design, Dar Laila
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