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The magazine of speculative fiction called Strange Horizons has debuted a brand new series, titled “100 African Writers of SFF.”

The project, which is expected to run through 2017 and 2018, is executed by Geoff Ryman, two-time winner, British Science Fiction Association Award. It features interviews with African writers of science fiction and fantasy. Each chapter is defined by location: the first, second and third are set in Nairobi, United Kingdom and Cape Town.

The term “writers,” in the sense of this series, broadly includes rappers, spokenword artists, filmmakers, comics artists and poets. Already, a handful of writers have been featured, including Jennifer Makumbi (2013 Kwani? Manuscript Prize winner), Racheal Zadok (co-founder, Short Story Day Africa), Ntone Edjabe (Founder of Chimurenga) and Moses Kilolo (Managing Editor of Jalada publications), among others.

While explaining the idea behind the project, Ryman notes, “There must be a reason why almost the only prose fiction I’m reading comes out of Africa … If a sharp break with traditional culture is one of the things that inspires fantasy and SF writing then Africa might be an epitome of the modern experience of moving through change.”

Strange Horizons is a weekly magazine which publishes speculative fiction, poetry, reviews, essays, interviews, roundtable discussions and art. It is a “not-for-profit, volunteer-staffed magazine of and about speculative fiction, founded in 2000 with the aim of highlighting new voices and perspectives in speculative fiction and related nonfiction. Since its founding, fiction and poetry published in Strange Horizons has been nominated for or won awards including the Hugo, World Fantasy, Theodore Sturgeon Memorial, Rhysling, and James Tiptree Jr Awards.”

Following the three-chapter debut, future chapters are scheduled to be released every two months. To read the interviews and check for updates, go HERE.


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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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