Afro SF

AfroSF is the first ever anthology of Science Fiction by African writers only that was open to submissions from African writers across Africa and abroad. Edited by Ivor W. Hartmann, published by StoryTime, and due for release on the

1st of December 2012, ebook edition first, print edition later, and is comprised of original (unpublished) works only.

Why Science Fiction?

SciFi, like most fiction genres that aren’t Contemporary except perhaps Romance and Crime to an extent, is highly underdeveloped in African literature as a whole. SciFi is also the only genre that enables African writers to envision a future from our African perspective. Moreover, it does this in a way that is not purely academic and so provides a vision that is readily understandable through a fictional context. The value of this envisioning for any third-world country, or in our case continent, cannot be overstated nor negated. If you can’t see and relay an understandable vision of the future, your future will be co-opted by someone else’s vision, one that will not necessarily have your best interests at heart. Thus, Science Fiction by African writers is of paramount importance to the development and future of our continent.

The stories in AfroSF represent a diversity of voices and themes specifically rooted in the SciFi genre, from some stellar established and upcoming African writers.

“The stories in AfroSF feature all the things fans of science fiction expect: deep space travel, dystopian  landscapes,  alien  species,  totalitarian  bureaucracy,  military  adventure,  neuro- enhanced nightlife, artificial intelligence, futures both to be feared and longed for. At once familiar and disarmingly original, these stories are fascinating for the diversity of voices at play and for the unique perspective each author brings to the genre. This is SF for the Twenty-first Century.”-David Anthony Durham, Campbell Award winning author of The Acacia Trilogy.

“I’d like the repurpose the title of an old anthropological study to describe this fine new anthology: ‘African Genesis.’ The stories in this unprecedented, full-spectrum collection of tales by African writers must surely represent, by virtue of their wit, vigor, daring, and passion, the genesis of a bright new day for Afrocentric science fiction. The contributors here are utterly conversant with all SF subgenres, and employ a full suite of up-to-date concepts and tools to convey their continent-wide, multiplex, idiosyncratic sense of wonder. With the publication of this book, the global web of science fiction is strengthened and invigorated by the inclusion of some hitherto neglected voices.” -Paul Di Filippo, co-author of Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010.

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afro sf
Title: AfroSF: Science Fiction Anthology by African Writers
Author: Various
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 405 pages