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posted May 14, 2019, 2:35 AM by African Speculative Fiction Soc


New Resources added here

A new list of websites and journals that have published speculative fiction by Africans has been added to our Resources page.  Soon to come--a sample manuscript format for your final drafts being submitted and a new comics titles database.

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.  

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'

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.

What Happened in 2018

posted Feb 26, 2019, 6:15 AM by African Speculative Fiction Soc   [ updated Feb 27, 2019, 4:54 AM ]

Just to refresh your memory when thinking about what to nominate--here are some works published in 2018.

The third volume in the series AfroSFv3 edited by Ivor Hartmann appeared in 2018.  Contributors were:  
T L Huchu
Cristy Zinn
Mandisi Nkomo
Biram Mboob,
Gabriella Muwanga
Wole Talabi
Stephen Embleton
Masimba Musodza
Dilman Dila
Mazi Nwonwu
Andrew Dakalira
Mame Bougouma Diene

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adebayo appeared in both the USA, UK and in Nigerian editions.

Last year’s winner of the Ilube Nommo for best novel was Tochi Onyebuchi.  The second volume in his series appeared, Crown of Thunder.

Single author spec fix collections in 2018 included We Won't Fade into Darknesss by T J Benson, Dark Moons Rising in a Cloudless Night  by Mame Bougouma Diene and Learning How to Drown by Cat Hellisen 

The Caine Prize anthology Redemption Song reprinted the nominated speculative stories by Wole Talabi and Stacy Hardy (which are not eligible) but also included stories by Dilman Dila and Awuor Onyango.  

A lot of stories of course appeared online.

ONLINE FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:

Walter Emeka Dinjos passed away recently.  He was a productive, successful young writer on the brink of great success. He was also the founder of Sub-Sahara magazine. Here are links to three of his online stories published in 2018, all eligible for nomination.
  1. Middle of Nowhere – Abyss and Apex, March 2018 
  2. Being a Giant in Men’s World – Galaxy’s Edge Magazine, May 2018
  3. Nneamaka’s Ghost– Beneath Ceaseless Skies, January 2018
From AfroSFv3, Tendai Huchu’s story was made available in the Johannesburg Review of Books.

Omenana magazine brought out two issues in 2018:
Issue 11
With fiction contributions by Blaize Kaye, Tariro Ndoro, Ray Mwihaki, Derek Lubangakene, Relmy Divingu

Issue 12
With contributions by Mirette Bahghat, Osahon Ize-Iyamu, Tiah Marie Beautement, and H J Golaki

Some of Wole Talabi’s 2018 published material is also online:
Necessary and Sufficient Conditions now available online via Apex.
The Harmonic Resonance of Ejiro Anaborhi, first published in F&SF is now an online podcast.

Stephen Embleton's The Girl With Two Bodies at Kalahari Review.

We will be adding to this reminder list so please email info@africansfs.com to remind us and we'll post here.

APPEL A SOUMISSIONS – LA REPUBLIQUE DU CENTAURE

posted Jan 31, 2019, 9:57 AM by African Speculative Fiction Soc   [ updated Jan 31, 2019, 9:59 AM ]

Cher(e)s auteur(e)s,

La revue de fiction spéculative québécoise La République du Centaure dédiée aux littératures de l’imaginaire souhaite publier une série de nouvelles, spéculatives, par des auteurs et auteures d’Afrique francophone sur le continent ou dans la diaspora.

Les auteurs doivent être Africains, selon la définition de l’African Speculative Fiction Society. 

C’est une excellente opportunité pour faire connaitre votre travail à l’étranger et contribuer au développement de la scène de fiction spéculative noire au Canada et en Amérique du Nord. 

Dix histoires seront retenues vers une sélection finale. Les auteurs choisis pour publication seront rémunérés 25 dollars canadiens par histoire. 

Pas de sélections simultanées (nouvelle soumises à plusieurs revues simultanément), mais chaque auteur peut soumettre à hauteur de deux nouvelles y compris des réimpressions. 

Les nouvelles doivent être entre 1500 et 7500 mots, en format de manuscrit standard, en .docx ou .doc,  soumises à l’adresse suivante : alain.ducharme@gmail.com.  

Les soumissions sont ouvertes pour la durée du mois de février 2019. Merci de donner 90 jours aux éditeurs pour revenir vers vous. 

Pour plus d’informations, ou si vous n’avez pas reçu de réponse au-delà de 90 jours, adressez-vous à Mr. Alain Ducharme alain.ducharme@gmail.com, directeur littéraire de la République du Centaure.

Bien à vous et bonne chance!

Mame Bougouma Diene
Porte-parole US/Francophone
African Speculative Fiction Society

Haunting Anthology: call for submissions

posted Apr 10, 2018, 6:09 AM by African Speculative Fiction Soc

Following the ICFA conference, the ASFS received the following from African fiction scholar Alexis Brooks de Vita:
 Please allow me to thank you for your friendliness, your encouragement, and your interest in inviting international authors to contribute to my next anthology, tentatively titled Tales of the Uncanny and the Sublime, which I will be submitting to Double Dragon Press.  The subject is haunting, any aspect of haunting or being haunted that the writer wishes to explore.  I am seeking short stories, of sufficient length to allow the writer's full but pithy expression of his or her vision.  Original submissions only, please; do not submit previously published material, including self-published material.  One poem submission per author, in lieu of a short story, is also welcomed.  
        Interested writers should query Alexis Brooks de Vita at blifewater@aol.com, including "Haunting Anthology Query" in the subject line.  No attachments, please.  Please include a short synopsis or abstract in the body of the email query, and indicate if the story has been completed or is still in process.  Please give an estimated final word length and date of completion, if at all possible.  French, Italian, or Spanish submissions are also welcome, if the author agrees that I am free to include my  English translation in the published anthology following the original text, in its entirety.  Please include a very brief author's bio with the query.  
        If the author does not receive an answer to his or her query within ten days, please feel free to resubmit the query to the same email address.  Conditionally accepted material will be due in its entirety by October 31, 2018, though the earliest completed submissions will have the best chance of receiving a full acceptance and contract.  If conditionally accepted material is submitted sooner than October 31, this will speed up publication.  No material has a final acceptance until it is received in its entirety and editorial suggestions are mutually approved by writer and editor.  Final acceptance by the publisher will be indicated by the author's receipt of an e-contract.  Any other questions may be resolved by reviewing a copy of our previous two Double Dragon anthologies, Love and Darker Passions and Tales in Firelight and Shadow, which includes a translation of an urban legend originally submitted in Spanish.

NNEDI OKORAFOR'S "BINTI: THE NIGHT MASQUERADE" PUBLISHED

posted Jan 31, 2018, 7:53 AM by African Speculative Fiction Soc

The concluding part of the highly-acclaimed science fiction trilogy that began with Nnedi Okorafor's Hugo- and Nebula Award-winning BINTI.

Binti


Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse.

Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment has already claimed the lives of many close to her.

Once again it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene--though the elders of her people do not entirely trust her motives--and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people, once and for all.

Don't miss this essential concluding volume in the Binti trilogy, click here.


UNSUNG STORIES OPENS SUBMISSION WINDOW

posted Jan 31, 2018, 7:47 AM by African Speculative Fiction Soc   [ updated Jan 31, 2018, 7:49 AM ]

"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."

Unsung Stories, the UK based SFF publisher has issued a call for works by world SFF writers.  The window for submission opened 29th January.  Click here for more information.

100 African Writers of SFF

posted Jan 31, 2018, 7:35 AM by African Speculative Fiction Soc   [ updated Jan 31, 2018, 8:03 AM ]

Geoff Ryman's "100 African Writers of SFF" has its new home at Strange Horizons: http://strangehorizons.com/100-african-writers-of-sff/


http://strangehorizons.com/100-african-writers-of-sff/

Winner of the British Science Fiction Association Award Best Non-Fiction 2016

About that title...

100: Because it’s easy to remember. More like 120 or 130 writers, but many I won’t get to meet. I’ll list as many as I can by location, by social scene. Because people, even writers, succeed in groups.

AFRICAN: Meaning mostly people with African citizenship in Africa, but I’m not going to be draconian. Writers like Nnedi Okorafor and Sofia Samatar are beacons to young Africans. They take an active role in African publishing projects—Nnedi with Lagos 2060 and AfroSF and Sofia with the Jalada Afrofuture(s) anthology, which she helped edit. “African” itself is a dubious concept. I will try to use more precise terms—nations, cities, and peoples.

WRITERS: Will include filmmakers, poets, and comics artists. Not all of them have published frequently. Some have only published themselves, but given the lack of publisher opportunities, I think that’s enterprising. They’re still writers.

SFF: Stands for science fiction and fantasy. I use the term in its broadest sense to include generic SF and fantasy, horror, alternative histories, speculative fiction, slipstream, variations on Kafka, fables, nonsense, and more.

Check back regularly for the latest edition.

Part 1: Nairobi

Part 2: Writers in the UK

Part 3: Cape Town

Part 4: Malawi

Part 5: Interview with Sofia Samatar

Part 6: Cape Town - The Writers

Part 7: Kampala, Uganda


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