Outer Spaces


My whole body changed into something else. I could see through myself. And I went up… I wasn’t in human form… I landed on a planet that I identified as Saturn… they teleported me and I was down on [a] stage with them. They wanted to talk with me. They had one little antenna on each ear. A little antenna over each eye. They talked to me. They told me to stop [attending college] because there was going to be great trouble in schools… the world was going into complete chaos… I would speak [through music], and the world would listen. That’s what they told me.

Sun Ra, 1936


So this spotlight – it seemed like a spotlight, but now I call it the energy car – it shined down on me, and my body changed into beams of light. Now you see, when a spotlight shines, you can see little specks of dust.  It gave that appearance, it [sic] could see through myself, and I went up at terrific speed to another dimension, another planet.

Sun Ra, excerpted in Mark Sinker, “Loving the Alien. Black Science Fiction”, The Wire, Issue #96, February 1992


I’m not human. I never called anybody mother. […]  I never call nobody father. I never felt that way. […]  [T]his planet is not only inhabited by humans, it’s inhabited by aliens too. […]  The danger spot is the United States. […]  Never in the history of the world has there been a case where you take a whole people and bring ‘em in the country in the Commerce Department. […]  It happened here. […]  They didn’t need no passport. So they’d come as displaced people. […]  They just brought some people in…and said Oh you they is nothing, they beastly”.

“‘Fallen Angel’. Excerpt from an Interview with Rick Theis”, Semiotext(e) 12, Oasis, Vol. 4 No. 3, 1983


Sun Ra