BBC Radio 3's Late Junction is heading into space tomorrow (23:00, UK time). Jennifer Lucy Allan travels the spaceways for a Late Junction special on science fiction, with jazz flautist Nicole Mitchell. Mitchell leads the rotating cast of the eclectic Black Earth Ensemble, and is former chairperson of Chicago musicians collective the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians). She joins us to select music and discuss the work of science fiction writer Octavia Butler who has been deeply influential on her work. Butler’s visions of time travel, inter-species relationships and an unravelling America, propose radical spaces where social relations can be reimagined and Afrofuturist utopias can take root.
Elsewhere we’ll hear other artists who have been exploring alternative futures. Expect dub legend Scientist meeting the space invaders, Stockhausen’s flying saucer operas, Ursula Le Guin’s imagined languages, and Detroit techno duo Drexciya’s sub-aquatic Black Atlantic society.
The two-hour show will be available online shortly after broadcast.