BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION

Here you will find books, films, articles and more on the subject of science fiction and fantasy by - and about - people of African descent.

8 YA Science Fiction & Fantasy Books with Black / Afrikan Teen Heroes and Sheroes!

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In her insightful article, Kid Lit Equality – Fantasy or Reality?’ author Zetta Elliot says “There’s clearly a direct link between the misrepresentation of Black youth as inherently criminal and the justification given by those who brazenly take their lives. The publishing industry can’t solve this problem, but the relative lack of children’s books by and about people of color nonetheless…

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Gamebooks: A new form of Black Speculative Fiction Emerges!

The Keys

“What the heck is a gamebook,” you ask?

The KeysA gamebook is any book in which the reader participates in the story by making choices which affect the course of the narrative.

Unlike most novels, there are many ways in which a gamebook’s story can be completed, and many different circumstances that can be experienced along the way.

There are three families of gamebooks. The oldest is the branching-plot…

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ADVICE FOR THE YOUNGIN Or 7 (or more) Steps to Success and Longevity in the World of Black Speculative Fiction http://wp.me/s1wCBE-youngin

Devo

Balogun Ojetade and Milton DavisA common criticism that many veteran authors – and by ‘veteran author’, I mean one who has published more than one book, play or screenplay and who has been in the industry for at least 5 years – have about young authors entering the industry is that these youngins want all the trappings of a successful career but aren’t willing to put in the work needed to earn them.

This isn’t surprising.…

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WHAT’S IN A NAME? Afrofuturism vs. Black Speculative Fiction!

Afrofuturism

Cyberfunk

Recently, in the popular Facebook group – State of Black Science Fiction 2012 (2012 is the year the collective of authors, artists, musicians, game creators, filmmakers and fans formed) – I asked the following question:

“Why is there no clear cut definition of ‘Afrofuturism’? Is it because the term was not coined by a person of African descent, thus the examination comes from an external lens?…

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IT’S A THING! Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade bring us Cyberfunk with The City!

The City

It began a couple of weeks ago and then it spread like wildfire. Author Milton Davis posted this in the State of Black Science Fiction Facebook Group:

Okay y’all, here’s an anthology idea…

‘The City. No one knows how it began or when it will end. No one knows how we came to be here, 20 millions souls, 1500 different species all crammed together in plascrete and biosteel. No one’s been in or out…

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THE KEYS: YOU are the hero!

The Keys

The Keys

In 1978, an unproven assistant editor in her early twenties, Joëlle Delbourgo got an unwelcome message: her boss at Bantam wanted to see her.

Delbourgo was championing a new children’s title called The Cave of Time. The book was something of an anomaly – it didn’t have a plot or a main character or even a proper ending. Instead, the reader was asked to assume the role of the hero. And The Cave…

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BE COOL! Afrofuturism and the Ancient Afrikan Martial Arts!

African Martial Arts

“Why do people like me, people of African descent, fight so hard to show our footprint in Europe and around the world when we have an entire continent where our presence goes without saying? There is a clear, legitimate argument as to why, but there’s also a shallow, superficial answer to the question as well; because it’s so COOL.”Milton Davis, author and publisher

African martial artsThe Asian martial arts have…

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Dieselfunk

DieselfunkWhat is Dieselfunk, you ask?

And what is the Dieselfunk canon…a weapon that shoots big, iron balls and runs on diesel fuel?

Well, to answer the second question…that would be the Dieselfunk cannon (TWO “n”). The Dieselfunk canon (ONE “n”) is a collection or list of books considered the definitive works in Dieselfunk.

To answer the first question, we need to first define Dieselpunk.

DieselfunkOften referred…

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Steamfunk

Black Speculative FictionA few days ago, my friend, Jegna (“mentor”) and frequent collaboration partner, Milton Davis made this statement on Facebook:

“One of my goals is to form a local collective where artists, writers, filmmakers and animators can come together and create content from which we all can benefit. I know it will be difficult, but I think that as we all progress as individuals, we might be able to pool our…

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Steamfunk

The Wild, Wild, WestMy journey to becoming an author began at the age of four at the feet of my mother, who would enjoin me to sit with her and watch two of her favorite television shows – The Wild, Wild West and Get Smart. These two brilliantly crafted shows would have a strong influence on what and how I wrote.

I was also strongly influenced by comic books.

Fam 2My sisters, for some odd reason believing I was…

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