The ASFS is the organization of African writers, artists, editors, and publishers in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and related genres.

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan on Booker shortlist

Candadian-Ghanaian Esi Edugyan's novel of history and speculation has been shortlisted for the 2019 Man Booker Prize.  The Man Booker is generally regarded as the UK's top literary award.  This is Esi Edugyan's second appearance on the Booker shortlist for her novel Half Blood Blues, set in the 1920s in which a biracial German boy meets touring jazz musicians. Her new work is set in an alternative history of flying machines and adventure.  Interesting how some of the Western news reports avoid all mention of the speculative elements of the novel.  Fortunately, Africa literary life is not so sectarian.  

Omenana issue 12 goes live

Issue Twelve of the leading African SFF Magazine goes live today 29th August, with stories by Mirette Bahgat, Osahon Ize-Iyamu, Tiah Marie Beautement, and H.J. Golaki. Review by Joseph Omotayo, Artist Spotlight Tamara Reddy, illustrations this issue by Sunny Efemena. The PDF version will be available 1st September. The screen readable version is up at https://omenana.com/2018/08/30/omenana-magazine-issue-12/

Mame Bougouma Diene's new anthology

The man heading up the ASFS's French-language outreach has a new collection of short stories just published August 28 a new collection of short stories Dark Moons Rising on a Starless Night. Available now from Amazon  at https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Moons-Rising-Starless-Night/dp/1944866140

AfroSF third volume announces Table of Contents.

AfroSF the first volume showed the world that Africans not only DID write SFF but MANY Africans were--it was a movement.  AfroSFV2 published in 2016 contributed most of the nominees for the Nommo Award for best novella in 2017.  Series Editor Ivor Hartmann has announced the contents for AfroSFV3 due out in November 2018  and it's an impressive list of names that will be well known to fans of African fiction -- many if not most of the ASFS members. Check out the AfroSF Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AfroSF/photos/a.442249019146536/1968056616565761/?type=3&theater

T. L. Huchu 'Njuzu'
Cristy Zinn 'The Girl who stared at Mars'
Mandisi Nkomo 'The Emo Hunter'
Biram Mboob 'The Luminal Frontier'
Gabriella Muwanga 'The Far Side'
Wole Talabi 'Drift Flux'
Stephen Embleton 'Journal of a DNA Pirate'
Masimba Musodza 'The Interplanetary Water Company'
Dilman Dila 'Safari Nyota'
Mazi Nwonwu 'Parental Control'
Andrew C. Dakalira 'Inhabitable'
Mame Bougouma Diene 'Ogotemmeli's Song'

October's Ake Arts and Book Festival to have African SFF film programme

Visitors to the 2018 Ake Festival in Lago Nigeria will be treated to a film programme of African science fiction and fantasy fillms, as part of the the theme 'Fantastical Futures'. More news from http://www.akefestival.org.

Authors say 'Thanks' to the ASFS  

Voting for the winners of the 2018 Nommo Awards has closed. All those members who DID vote have received a surprise package of THANKS from African SFF authors. The package of goodies included valuable novellas, whole novels, short stories, a new graphic novel and works of art for members to keep from the following: Gavin Chait, Dilman Dila, Masha du Toit, Rob Malan, Henrietta Rose-Innes, and Sofia Samatar. Honour, thanks and respect to these recognised artists. Members: please nominate and vote next year as well. The more members who participate, the more representative and accurate the prize-giving becomes.

October's Ake Arts and Book Festival on the theme of 'Fantastical Futures'

This year's Ake Festival happens slightly earlier -- from Friday 26 October to Sunday 28th October, and in Ikeja, Lagos rather than Abeokuta.  It also focuses on the future -- guests will include well know speculative fiction authors.  An exciting line up of SFF and comics friendly panels are (possibly) being developed.  More news from Ake itself at http://www.akefestival.org.

Wole Talabi wins new Caine Prize Reader's Award

'Wednesday's Story' by Wole Talabi nominated last year for a Nommo was nominated for this year's Caine Prize and won a new part of the Caine Prize, the Readers Award.  The Royal Overseas League is a sponsor of the Caine as a whole initiated the new Award for which the thousand-plus members of the ROSL vote.

Tom Ilube given top UK honour

Mr Tom Ilube, the benefactor who funds the Nommo Awards, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.  Well deserved Sir, and thank you. 

Deji Bryce Olukotun's After the Flare shortlisted for John W Campbell Award.

The Campbell is one of the most prestigious of the US-based science fiction awards. Other nominees include Kim Stanley Robison, Kameron Hurley, John Kessel and Paul McAuley. Olukotun is the only African on the shortlist.  After the Flare is also nominated for the Ilube Nommo Award.

Database of all published African SFF update

The database curated by Wole Talabi keeping a record of all published African speculative fiction was updated on 19 May 2018, adding for example, the contents of the most recent issue of Omenana and some surprising publications in Western magazines. Just look at the top bar menu, under RESOURCES, first item.




NOMMO AWARD SHORT LIST ANNOUNCED

NOMMO Nomination Results for 2018

Below are the Long List Nominees in each of the 4 categories for the 2018 Nommo Awards:
Members of the African Speculative Fiction Society nominate for the short list.  They can nominate up to five works each.
  
The long list of nominated works is alphabetical order by title.  All are speculative fiction, were published in calendar year 2017, and are thought to be by Africans as defined by the ASFS and Nommo Awards Guidelines.  

The nominees will be asked to confirm their eligibility and eligibility of their works in writing.  Nominees will also be asked to make complete texts or excerpts available to ASFS Members only for purposes of informed voting. 

PLEASE NOTE: The long lists consist of all titles in their respective categories that were nominated by members of the ASFS.  Some of these works were nominated once, some just missed the shortlist.  The ASFS lists them in full to draw attention to all the works members felt worthy of consideration.

NOVEL NOMINEES

OUR MEMORY LIKE DUST
Gavin Chait
THE REAL
Masha du Toit
FEVER
Deon Meyer
AKATA WARRIOR
Nnedi Okorafor
AFTER THE FLARE
Deji Olokotun
BEASTS MADE OF NIGHT
Tochi Onyebuchi


NOVELLA NOMINEES

BINTI: HOME
Nnedi Okorafor
FALLOW
Sofia Samatar
THE MURDERS OF MOLLY SOUTHBOURNE
Tade Thompson

SHORT STORY NOMINEES

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SEA
Nerine Dorman
A DOOR AJAR
Sibongile Fisher
READ BEFORE USE
Chinelo Onwualu
SNAKE STORY
Henrietta Rose-Innes
THE REGRESSION TEST
Wole Talabi

GRAPHIC NOVEL SHORT LIST NOMINEES



ERU
Writers and artists Tobe Ezeogu, Ozo Ezeogu



GUARDIAN PRIME GENESIS
Written by Wale Awelenje
Art Jide Martin


HERO KAKERE
Writer and artist”Tobe Ezeogu, Artist Kelechi Issac,


IRETI BIDEMI 
Michael Balogun and Adeleye Yusuf



LAKE OF TEARS
Writer Kwabena Ofei
Artiist Setor Fiadzigbey



QUEST & THE SIGN OF THE SHINING BEAST
Writer Robert S Malan
Artist John Cockshaw




Full information on 'News' Page.



Toby Bennett added to "Reading Aloud"
In honour of World Read Aloud Day we launched our Reading Aloud page with Unathi Magubeni reading his novella Nwelezelange the Star Child.  Now we have readings by Chinelo Onwualu and Toby Bennett.  Listen here...

UNSUNG STORIES OPENS SUBMISSION WINDOW
"Speculative fiction. That means anything not mundane: fantasy; science fiction; horror; weird fiction; magical realism; etc. Complete novels of 40K + words to be considered for print publication." Read More...




 As a valuable resource to both readers and writers of SFF, the ASFS maintains a list of speculative fiction by African writers here. You can help fill gaps in this list by completing the form provided here.



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