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.

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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5 Tips For Raising Black Children Who LOVE to Read!

Black Science Fiction

Once Upon A Time in AfrikaA couple of years ago, I got the notion to develop a program that would inspire Black youth to read Science Fiction and Fantasy and teach them to write it well. I knew Black children would only respond positively to such a symposium if they saw themselves as the heroes and sheroes. I also knew I had the perfect team of authors and artists to give them such images.

I presented the idea to the Stat…

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THE BUTLER / BANKS BOOK TOUR CLOSES WITH A KNOCKOUT FROM BALOGUN OJETADE!

What a wild ride!

The Butler / Banks Book Tour has been nothing short of incredible! Incredible authors sharing incredible books in an incredible super-genre: Black Speculative Fiction.

As the tour, also known as the Fresh Fest of Afrofuturism comes to a close, I would like to thank the writers who have worked hard to help promote their fellow authors and to spread the greatness that is Black…

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THE BUTLER / BANKS BOOK TOUR CONTINUES: Crystal Connor and Her Co-Hort, Lori Titus Hijack the Airship Sweet Chariot!

Crystal 4

Hi fans and friends of the Chronicles of Harriet website and its creator, Balogun Ojetade!

Crystal 3This is not your funktastic captain speaking. This is the airship pirate, Crystal Connor. I have hijacked the Airship Sweet Chariot and Balogun is…unavailable at the moment, so I’m broadcasting today’s Butler / Banks Book Tour message.

Don’t fret, Balogun will be back with you tomorrow, but I wanted to let…

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THE BUTLER / BANKS BOOK TOUR ZIG ZAGS THROUGH HISTORICAL INACCURACIES WITH AUTHOR CLARENCE YOUNG!

Zig Zag Claybourne aka C.E. Young

Zig 1Today we continue rolling with author Clarence Young, aka Zig Zag Claybourne. Zig Zag is a lifelong fan of speculative fiction and of writing. As Clarence Young, he writes humor and drama. As Zig Zag Claybourne he writes fiction and poetry, ranging from science fiction to street-lit satire to magic realism.

Zig  Zag says “I love fiction. Period. Worlds imagined, worlds altered, whether simply…

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