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The Future of African Speculative Fiction: StoryTime’s AfroSFv2 Anthology Out Now

The Future of African Speculative Fiction: StoryTime’s AfroSFv2 Anthology Out Now

AfroSFnullAlert! The eagerly awaited second anthology of African science fiction from StoryTime, AfroSFv2, is finally available.

The first edition, AfroSF, was released in 2012 and hailed as the first African anthology of science fiction writing. It contained work from established names – such as Nnedi Okorafor, Sarah Lotz and Tendai Huchu – as well as up-and-coming authors.

Efe Okogo, Tade Thompson, and Nick Wood, whose work featured in AfroSF, make a return in AfroSFv2, which takes the form of five longer novellas.

All five stories have already been recommended for the 2015 James Tiptree, Jr Award.

Lotz says: “AfroSFv2 is not only as entertaining as all hell, it’s a smorgasbord of top-class imaginative storytelling, originality, superb writing and searing social critique. If this is the future of speculative fiction, we’re in safe hands.”

In an interview with Bookshy, editor Ivor Hartmann says he chose to publish a novella anthology mainly because: “I like the length a novella gives to really get into a story, novellas are the longest story form a print anthology can feasibly comprise, and I wanted to challenge both myself and the writers to see if we could publish the first novellas anthology of science fiction by African writers.”

About the book

Continuing the groundbreaking tradition of the first volume, AfroSFv2 is an anthology of five original SF novellas by African writers.

Table of Contents

“The Last Pantheon”
Tade Thompson & Nick Wood
An epic superhero face-off thousands of years in the making.

“Hell Freezes Over”
Mame Bougouma Diene
Long after the last skyscraper has drowned who remains and how will they survive?

“The Flying Man of Stone”
Dilman Dila
When ancient technology seems like magic legends live again in the midst of war and sides will be chosen.

Andrew Dakalira
A space shuttle crash, the numeral eight, serial murders, what connects them all could end humanity.

“An Indigo Song for Paradise”
Efe Tokunbo Okogu
Change is coming to Paradise city and it won’t be pretty, but if this is paradise then heaven must be hell in need of a revolution.

Praise for AfroSFv2

“I loved every minute of it. A bouquet with Africa’s finest bring futures seen from African perspectives. Refreshing, surprising, magical, grim and beautiful. There is a pulse throbbing through these stories that insists you follow along.” – Margrét Helgadóttir, author of The Stars Seem So Far Away.

“There was a time when William Gibson said: ‘The future is already here, it’s just not very evenly distributed.’ Then came Ian McDonald who replied: ‘The future is actually evenly distributed – as everyone from Nigeria to America, from China to India gets the same iPhone at the same time – it’s just that other people are doing more interesting and funky things with it.’ So, as the Future arrives everywhere, be prepared to read AfroSFv2 stories, a brilliant mixture of emerging voices from the vanishing peripheral of the world.” – Francesco Verso, author of Nexhuman and editor of Future Fiction.

About the editor

Ivor W Hartmann, Zimbabwean writer, editor, publisher, visual artist, and author of Mr Goop (Vivlia, 2010). Nominated for the UMA Award (“Earth Rise”, 2009), awarded The Golden Baobab Prize (“Mr Goop”, 2009), and finalist for The Yvonne Vera Award (“A Mouse amongst Men”, 2011). His writing has appeared in African Writing Magazine, Wordsetc, Munyori Literary Journal, Something Wicked, The Apex Book of World SF V2, Litro, and other publications. He runs the StoryTime micro-press, publisher of the African Roar annual anthologies and AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers anthology, and is on the advisory board of Writers International Network Zimbabwe.

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