More Brilliant than the Sun: Adventures in Sonic Fiction is one of the most extraordinary books on music ever written. Part manifesto for a militant posthumanism, part journey through the unacknowledged traditions of diasporic science fiction, this book finds the future shock in Afrofuturist sounds from jazz, dub and techno to funk, hip hop and jungle. By exploring the music of such musical luminaries as Sun Ra, Alice Coltrane, Lee Perry, Dr Octagon, Parliament and Underground Resistance, theorist and artist Kodwo Eshun mobilises their concepts in order to open the possibilities of sonic fiction: the hitherto unexplored intersections between science fiction and organised sound. Situated between electronic music history, media theory, science fiction and Afrodiasporic studies, More Brilliant than the Sun is one of the key works to stake a claim for the generative possibilities of Afrofuturism. Much referenced since its original publication in 1998, but long unavailable, this new edition includes an introduction by Kodwo Eshun as well as texts by filmmaker John Akomfrah and producer Steve Goodman aka kode9.
“Armed with a central thesis that is brilliant in its simplicity, that turns conventional ways of thinking on its head and joins the dots between different fields of creative endeavour with devastating elegance and wit.”
“Eshun’s writing is like hearing Public Enemy after a lifetime of listening to Elvis Presley.”
“A groundbreaking, mind-stretching, annoying, arrogant and rather brilliant book which forces the reader to use their brain.”
“Fantastically sacrilegious, written in mesmerisingly forbidding prose and heaving with maniacal fervour.”
“The most sustained and penetrating analysis to date of what the author calls ‘sonic fiction’: the otherworldly vistas and alien mindscapes conjured by genres like dub reggae, hip hop, techno, and jungle.”