“Here are Samuel R. Delany, Joe Haldeman, Simon R. Green, Ian R. MacLeod, Ian McDonald and Todd McCaffrey singing the praises of female sci fi greats like Ursula K. Le Guin, Octavia E. Butler, and Andre Norton.” http://www.themarysue.com/heforshe-scifi/at
Here’s an excerpt from Alaya Dawn Johnson’s timely essay on science fiction and Afrofuturism:
“There are more black writers of science fiction than there have ever been. Every year more of us debut to wider acclaim, find ourselves regularly on genre awards lists for the first time, and experience the pleasure of seeing more and more diverse faces at conventions. The black community has always embraced science fiction — the famous Dark Matter anthologies, edited by Sheree R. Thomas, included a work of speculative fiction from W.E.B. Du Bois. And now science fiction has, I think, finally been forced to recognize us.
But our rise to prominence — which can seem sudden if you haven’t been aware of the deep currents of science fictional imagination that have rippled through the black community for more than a century — also brings out dormant hostility. In his article “Racism in Science Fiction,” published in the 1990s, Delany predicted the current backlash that can make it easy to dismiss SF as more racist than other fields (it isn’t).
As long as there are only one or two black writers, Delany wrote, he doesn’t expect to experience much overt racial hostility in a field where people pride themselves on their liberal values. But that’s only ‘until, say, black writers start to number thirteen, fifteen, twenty percent of the total. At that point, where the competition might be perceived as having some economic heft, chances are we will have as much racism and prejudice here as in any other field.'”
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‘Crumbs’ – The First Ever Ethiopian Post-Apocalyptic, Sur | Shadow and Act. “Directed by Spaniard Llansó, who actually
lives in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), “Crumbs” stars Daniel Tadesse, and
tells a story of diminutive superhero Gagano (played by Tadesse), a junk collector, who embarks on a “surreal epic
journey” that’s set against “post-apocalyptic Ethiopian landscapes,” says the press description.”
– By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for my blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,600 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 60 trips to carry that many people.
In this issue:
Editorial: Speculative Fiction in Nigeria: The Journey to Being: Mazi Nwonwu
The 4:15 Appointment: Rafeeat Aliyu
HostBods: Tendai Huchu
Crocodile Ark: Oluwole Talabi
A Winter in Lagos: Saratu Abiola
Art: Mami Water: Calm Waters: Kelsey Arrington
Interview: The World According to Ibrahim Ganiyu
Essay: The Unbearable Solitude of Being an African Fan Girl: Chinelo Onwualu