Afrique & SFF. A Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction – Fantastic Stories. By Nisi Shawl As I write this it’s February — Black History Month in the U.S. and Canada — for a few more days.
As you read it, that official month is officially over. But just as black history didn’t just occur in the February of any given year, it takes more than a mere month to encompass it. Even if the focus is narrowed to the black history of science fiction. In Defense of Sword and Soul. Black Sci-Fi Writers Look To The Future : Code Switch. Author Steven Barnes vividly remembers attending science fiction conventions when he first started in the field 30 years ago: "For almost 20 years, as far as I could tell, I was the only black male science fiction writer in the world," he says.
The legendary Samuel R. Delany, who'd written science fiction classics like Nova and Dhalgren, had left the field, Barnes says, because it had become impossible for him to make a living there; those early conventions were distinctly unwelcoming to nonwhite voices. "I had black friends in the field who would not talk about how they really felt to their white friends because they were afraid of losing their friendship," says Barnes, whose science fiction bona-fides are extensive and hard-earned; he has published over two dozen novels and written for shows like Stargate SG-1 and The Outer Limits. He's a black man who has dedicated his life to this genre, but, he says, "It can be very painful in the nerd tribe. " SFF africaine, par Alain Vicky (Le Monde diplomatique, juin 2013)
The weird worlds of African sci-fi - African Business Magazine. African sci-fi features all manner of weird and outlandish things, from crime-fighting robots to technological dystopias.
But could they be closer to predicting the future than they realise? Since the birth of the science fiction genre in the early 19th century, Africans have been conspicuously absent from sci-fi films, novels and comics. The art of science fiction from Algeria to Pakistan. Some see science fiction as its own genre.
Sansour's "A Space Exodus" has been widely shown since the artist completed the 5 1/2 minute video in 2009 . The work is at once a humorous satire of Stanley Kubrick's cult sci-fi classic "2001: A Space Odyssey," whose soundtrack uses the same music, and a serious reflection upon the Palestinian condition.
NK Jemisin: the fantasy writer upending the 'racist and sexist status quo' Black Futures Matter: Redefining Afrofuturism. Where is Voodoo in Afrofuturism? Screenshot of George Clinton, whose 'Holy Funk' music was was aimed at leading black Americans back into space It’s March 31st, 2015 and it’s yet another Art Forum at the Goethe Zentrum Kampala (premises of the Ugandan German Cultural Society).
This month, the topic is Afrofuturism and the Afropolis. Afrofuturism and the World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy. What does the future hold?
Afrofuturists explore this question using various creative mediums (including science fiction, visual art, and a lot of great music) as both an artistic aesthetic and an expression of critical race theory, imagining the future and reexamining the past with the lens of African diaspora. As author Ytasha L. 6 Afrofuturism Films You Need to See. L'afro-futurisme : tendance rétro-branchée ou art engagé? The Futuristic Sounds Of Sun Ra, Space Is The Place, Friendly Galaxy, Cosmic Equation, Magic City, Visits Planet Earth.
Crowdfund This: Indiegogo Campaign for Afrofuturist Sci-F. By Sergio | Shadow and Act July 2, 2015 at 7:47AM Ytasha Womack has definitely established a name for herself over the past few years, as a leading proponent and advocate of the concept of Afrofuturism, with her acclaimed, best-selling book, “Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi & Fantasy Culture,” as well as her latest sci-fi book, “Rayla 2212”.
And she will be one of the Guests of Honor at the 23rd annual Diversicon in Minneapolis, later this month, which is an annual sci-fi convention created to further "social opportunities and to encourage the multicultural, multimedia exploration and celebration of SF by those within and outside of the traditional SF community". But she is also a filmmaker, producing previous romantic comedies, "The Engagement" and "Love Shorts," and was also as the co-producer of the documentary "Tupac Shakur: Before I Wake. " Au pays de l'Afrofuturisme. John Boyega dans Star Wars VII, Le Réveil de la force Petite fille, dès qu’un clip de Missy Elliott passait à la télé, on le fêtait comme un jubilé.
C’était la promesse d’un voyage dans un espace-temps inconnu. Ses vidéos étaient aussi imprévisibles et soufflantes : de « Sock 2 Me » où elle évolue dans l’univers de Megaman en compagnie de Da Brat, en passant par l’inquiétant « She’s A Bitch » et bien d’autres. Plus tard, le critique Touré qualifiera dans Vibe la musique de Missy Eliott et Timbaland « d’avant-garde sonique » et de « hip-hop sci-fi ».
Bien que le terme « afrofuturisme » soit récent, il définit une vision qui lui est antérieure. En fin d’année dernière, la présence de l’acteur d’origine nigériane John Boyega dans le nouveau Star Wars a provoqué une polémique ridicule. Si il y a bien une figure emblématique de l’afrofuturisme, c’est évidemment Sun Ra. L’afrofuturisme trouve d’autant plus de sens lorsqu’on le corrèle au féminisme.
Ces auteurs fascinants venus d'ailleurs. La SF n'est pas l'apanage des pays industrialisés, contrairement à ce qu'on pourrait croire.
I Challenge You to Stop Reading White, Straight, Cis Male Authors for One Year - xoJane. Back in 2012, I faced a conundrum. I write short fiction, and I wanted to get better at writing it. To do that I had to write, write, and write some more. But just as important was reading, reading, and reading a lot more. I Don't Care if Media About Queer PoC "Won't Sell" - We Need to Create it Anyway. 'The Ballad of Black Tom' is a Fresh Take on Cosmic Horror. To get by, New York’s Charles Thomas Tester runs short cons and plays the only three songs he has on his set list.
With his mom in the grave, and his father so close to being there, it’s all he can do to keep a roof overhead. He takes an odd job delivering an arcane manuscript to the mysterious Ma Att. He plays it cool when he speaks to the woman shadowed in a doorway, despite the fact that he has hidden the last page of the book at home in his guitar case. Victor LaValle’s The Ballad of Black Tom and the work of H.P. Lovecraft. Nick Hayes In Victor LaValle’s riveting horror tale The Ballad of Black Tom, a man is beckoned to the threshold of apocalypse with the promise of seeing beyond the fabric of reality.
It’s an impulse that underpins many of LaValle’s novels and stories: a pursuit of what lurks beyond the surface, a desire to see clearly the monsters that we create. LaValle puts it to work powerfully in his new novella, the story of Tommy Tester, a 20-year-old black man hustling to pay rent and take care of his father in Harlem in 1924. Non-European Fantasy by Women ~ Mad Hatter's Bookshelf & Book Review. Fantasy by Women Who Broke Away from Europe A List Complied by Martha Wells This is a sampler list of fantasy novels and short story collections with non-European settings, or secondary fantasy worlds drawn from non-European influences, all by women writers. What’s a Barbados Sci Fi Con like? AnimeKon Expo snapshots.
It was like the ComicCon of the Caribbean! People of all ages. Men and women. A full cross section of the region showed up to share in their love of all things science fiction in a wide variety of media. One thing that struck me about the event was the shared nature of space. The Islamic Roots Of Science Fiction. Islam Sci-Fi interview with Hal. W. Hall – Islam and Science Fiction. Image Source: Endless Bookshelf Continuing our series of interviews, for the current iteration we interview Hal W. SFF Is Pakistan’s Hope For The Future. Islam and Sci-Fi interview with Moustafa Chamli – Islam and Science Fiction. People of color do fucking read SF/F. Deadbrowalking: wild unicorn herd check in.