I’m back with the third and last part of the AfroSF Contributor’s Spotlight – if you’ve missed the first two posts, check out the first one here and the second one here. And if you’re still wondering just what AfroSF is (which you shouldn’t be!), then check out this post. I also interview Ivor Hartmann, the editor and publisher of AfroSF, in that post.
AfroSF is the first ever anthology of Science Fiction by African writers only that was open to submissions from African writers all across Africa and abroad. It will be released in December 2012 in an ebook edition first and later a print edition. AfroSF – Science Fiction by African Writers is edited by Ivor W Hartmann and will be published by StoryTime.
In Part Two of the Contributor’s Spotlight I featured Martin Stokes, Ashley Jacobs, Anthony Gashagua, Nick Wood, Cristy Zinn and Uko Bendi Udo.
Let’s get on with this last post, shall we?
Joan De La Haye
Joan De La Haye writes horror and some very twisted thrillers. She invariably wakes up in the middle of the night, because she’s figured out yet another freaky way to mess with her already screwed up characters. Her novels, Shadows (reviewed by me here) and Requiem in E Sharp, as well as her novella, Oasis, are published by Fox Spirit.
You can find Joan on her website.
Nnedi Okorafor is a novelist of Nigerian descent known for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings and memorable characters. In a profile of Nnedi’s work titled, ‘Weapons of Mass Creation’, The New York Times called Nnedi’s imagination ‘stunning’. Her novels include Who Fears Death (winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel), Akata Witch (an Amazon.com Best Book of the Year), Zahrah the Windseeker (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature), and The Shadow Speaker (winner of the CBS Parallax Award). Her children’s book Long Juju Man is the winner of the Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa. Her first comic ‘The Elgort’ was featured in the Mystery in Space anthology (DC Comics/Vertigo) and her compilation of short stories, Kabu Kabu (Prime Books) and chapter book Iridessa and the Secret of the Never Mine (Disney Press) are scheduled for release in 2013. Nnedi holds a PhD in Literature and is a professor of creative writing at Chicago State University. Visit Nnedi at www.nnedi.com.
Sally-Ann Murray lives in Durban and lectures at UKZN. Her imagination, however, knows no bounds. In 2010, her novel Small Moving Parts won the MNet Literary Award and the Herman Charles Bosman Prize. She is busy with a second novel, and has published strange stories in English Studies in Africa (2012) and English Inside Out (2011).
Sarah Lotz is a screenwriter and novelist with a fondness for the macabre and fake names. She writes urban horror novels under the name S.L. Grey with author Louis Greenberg (The Mall reviewed by me here) and a YA pulp fiction zombie series with her daughter, Savannah, under the pseudonym Lily Herne (Deadlands reviewed by me here). Her latest solo novel, The Three, will be published by Hodder in the UK and Reagan Arthur in the US in 2014. She lives in Cape Town with her family and other animals.
Hello there. I’m Rafeeat Aliyu and I’m an African flying machine. While my home base is located in Abuja, Nigeria, I naturally have the tendency of drifting and after jumping from Abuja to the UK, then to the south of France, then back to Abuja, I am now in East London (but may be in Eastern China the next time you blink). I write for a living, mostly non-fiction essays and opinion pieces for websites and blogs, so this will be my first published piece of fiction. I have a wide variety of interests that are not limited to; listening to Japanese folk metal music; researching on African and world history/ies; picking up new languages; watching Korean historical dramas; reading and watching wuxia, cooking spicy dishes and meditating on the Yoruba cosmos.
My interests in histories, cultures, traditions, reading and music greatly influence my writing. Assorted sources of inspiration roll around in my brain and then I end up writing out a story that is the result of all that action. It may due to this that I always have difficulty summarising what I write, so bear with me as I briefly outline the brain process behind Ofe!, my contribution to the AfroSF anthology. Immediately before I wrote Ofe! I was reading a lot of queer and lesbian speculative fiction, in particular lesbian steampunk. Before that, I read several detective/mystery pulp fiction stories. Then, add to this the fact that as a post-colonial Yoruba woman, I have an ongoing interest in learning more on Yoruba philosophy and cosmology. I also enjoy watching Yoruba movies, especially those that are infused with elements of magic and have humans with powerful abilities. This brings me to main idea behind this story, at the time of writing Ofe! I was plagued with the idea of an Africa with superheroes…superhumans moreso, and I imagined a world where human beings with extraordinary powers existed but lived undercover. What would happen to bring these human beings out of hiding?
Ofe! is also the brainchild of listening to Simphiwe Dana’s albums Zandisile and The One Love Movement on repeat while ruminating on the possibilities of science fiction (and steampunk) present in Dogon, Yoruba and Chinese mythologies. I truly hope you all enjoy reading Ofe!.
Biram Mboob was born in The Gambia in 1979. His short stories have appeared in a number of magazines, including Granta and Sable, as well as a number of anthologies including Tell Tales and Dreams, Miracles and Jazz. Biram earns a living as an IT Consultant and lives in South London.
Chinelo Onwualu is former journalist turned writer and editor living in Abuja, Nigeria. She has a BA in English from Calvin College and an MA in journalism from Syracuse University. Her work has appeared in Saraba Magazine, Sentinel Nigeria Magazine and the 2010 Dugwe Anthology of New Writing. Follow her on her blog at www.chineloonwualu.blogspot.com.
Efe Okogu is a Nigerian Writer, Anarchist, and Hobo. His publications include “The Train Game” in the anthology Diaspora City, “The Birth of the Blue” in Chimurenga, “Cigarette” in The Ranfurly Review, “Taxi Girl” in Thieves Jargon, “Deathpat” in the anthology Best New Writing 2011, “Restless Nature” in Decades Review, “Sweat and 419” in NigeriansTalk, and “South of the River” in Curbside Splendour.
He’s spent his entire adult life on the road and has witnessed a unifying theme – institutions ranging from governments to the IMF are used by the rich and powerful to steal resources and life from the people. The devastation of the planet is merely a by-product.
Proposition 23 is set a couple of centuries in the future: the earth is dying; artificial intelligences are on the rise; humans are implanted at birth with neuros which they use to interface with technology; the world is run under one system; and anarchists plot revolution from the shadows.
And since most of you know me, I’m not going to say much about myself. I’ve been blogging and reviewing here since 2008, and most of you know that I’m a bookseller, too, and that I’ve got a great passion for Speculative Fiction. My story in AfroSF is titled ‘Angel Song‘, and is, I guess, a story that brings together war, religion, and SF. I’d like to say that I explore these three subjects a bit in the tale, but that’s for you to decide. I hope you’ll dig it, though, just I’m pretty sure you’ll dig the rest of the tales in AfroSF. You can follow my writing endeavors over at The Writer’s Life, and if you’d like to check out some of my writing, head on over to eFantasy and check out their Dark Fantasy Special – my story, Twisted, was included and published in that issue.
Here’s a list of the authors and stories that will be appearing in AfroSF:
‘Moom!’ Nnedi Okorafor
‘Home Affairs’ Sarah Lotz
‘Five Sets of Hands’ Cristy Zinn
‘New Mzansi’ Ashley Jacobs
‘Azania’ Nick Wood
‘Notes from Gethsemane’ Tade Thompson
‘Planet X’ S.A. Partridge
‘The Gift of Touch’ Chinelo Onwualu
‘The Foreigner’ Uko Bendi Udo
‘Angel Song’ Dave de Burgh
‘The Rare Earth’ Biram Mboob
‘Terms & Conditions Apply’ Sally-Ann Murray
‘Heresy’ Mandisi Nkomo
‘Closing Time’ Liam Kruger
‘Masquerade Stories’ Chiagozie Fred Nwonwu
‘The Trial’ Joan De La Haye
‘Brandy City’ Mia Arderne
‘Ofe!’ Rafeeat Aliyu
‘Claws and Savages’ Martin Stokes
‘To Gaze at the Sun’ Clifton Gachagua
‘Proposition 23’ (Novelette) Efe Okogu
AfroSF will be published in December and available practically everywhere through Amazon, so please spread the word about this sure-to-be-excellent SF anthology!
Until next time,