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Ngugi wa Thiong’o in Decolonising The Mind

“The effect of the cultural bomb is to annihilate a people’s belief in their names, in their languages, in their environment, in their heritage of struggle, in their unity, in their capacities and ultimately in themselves. It makes them see their past as one wasteland of non-achievement and it makes them want to distance themselves from that wasteland. It makes them want to identify with that which is furthest removed from themselves; for instance, with other people’s languages rather than their own. It makes them identify with that which is decadent and reactionary, all those forces that would stop their own springs of life. It even plants serious doubts about the moral righteousness of struggle. Possibilities of triumph or victory are seen as remote, ridiculous dreams. The intended results are despair, despondency and a collective death-wish.

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RETCON was successfully kickstarted in 2019 and will publish works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. The magazine will feature a mix of short stories, poetry, art, and essay focusing on themes of decolonization.

The magazine was created with an aim to return power to the stories of Indigenous, Black, and other PoC communities who have historically been edited, overwritten, and erased. RETCON particularly centers #ownvoices authors and artists, which serves the dual purpose of lending a platform to underrepresented voices and offering readers authenticity. We think everyone deserves a glimpse at a world untainted by colonial interference. Fiction in this magazine will build on a foundation of hope, exploring the worlds, magic, and technology that was, that might have been, and that still could be.

Through this lens, Retcon hopes to offer a worthy contribution to the ancient and transformative tradition of speculative fiction.

“…Living in a post-apocalyptic world morbid and horrid

The secrets of the past they hoarded…”

3030 lyrics, “Deltron 3030” © Universal Music Publishing Group

Jes Negrón founded RETCON to change the narrative regarding historically colonized communities in the general SF/F consciousness, especially in the States, where she resides.

Jes has worked in media over 19 years, in the book and video game industries, working as a literary agent, editor, narrative designer, writer, and more.

Jes runs RETCON solo, in the spare moments squeezed from the days—so patience is really appreciated.

Learn more about Jes Negrón at

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