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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 2 (COMING SOON)

I'm happy to reveal the cover design for volume two of "The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!" which includes my short story "Water".

I'm looking forward to reading the other contributors' pieces when it's finally out... soon.

Contributors: Obinna Udenwe, Mapule Mohulatsi, Christine Coates, Thato Magano, Gugu Mary Tizita McLaren, Nkosithandile Peme, Adaobi Okwy, Evan Morris, Khalid Salleh, Pamela Moeng, Stephen Embleton


COVER REVEAL: 11 November 2016
Cover art: Megan Ross
Book design: Duduzile Mabaso

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Future

While you are looking rosily at your past, complaining about your present, and spreading fear and despair for your future, there are kids trying to find their place in that noise, challenging the negativity and old ideas to find promise and hope for their lives ahead.

Monday, October 10, 2016

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Happy Halloween. Hope you get your Monday coffee:O #InktoberSelfie Final Inktober.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Imagine Africa 500 - Kindle Edition Out Now

I'm happy to announce the release of the Amazon Kindle version of "Imagine Africa 500" today:

My short story among good company in this gem from Shadreck Chikoti and Billy Kahora, fifteen SFF writers from Africa, imagining Africa in 500 years:

Muthi Nhlema, Dilman Dila, Chinelo Onwualu, Hagai Magai, Frances Naiga Muwonge, Lauri Kubuitsile, Aubrey Chinguwo, Wole Talabi, Tuntufye Simwimba, Musinguzi Ray Robert, Derek Lubangakene, Catherine Shepherd, Hannah Onoguwe, Stephen Embleton, Tiseke Chilima.

Kindle

iPad Kindle

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Imagine Africa 500 - Speculative Fiction From Africa

3,000 Words
Quoted in the foreword. We shouldn't look at ourselves as "The Dark Continent" but rather as the Land of Light. The land of so many possibilities.


BACKGROUND: 

  • Stories set in Africa 500 years from now.
  • Genre: Speculative fiction.
  • Publisher: Pan African Publishers Ltd (Lilongwe Malawi)
  • Editor: Billy Kahora (editor at Kwani)
  • Copy editor: Andrea Mesen.
  • Stories Selected by: Billy Kahora, Shadreck Chikoti, and Trine Andersen.
  • Contact persons: Shadreck Chikoti and Trine Andersen.

A great selection of ideas and stories of Africa in the future from Africa.






Sunday, August 21, 2016

The African Speculative Fiction Society is here!


Two things:

  1. I'm really proud to be part of the rising tide of African speculative fiction,
  2. I'm really proud to have been given the opportunity to create the logo/brand.

With member input, we managed to steer the design into something unique - and most importantly for me - not clichéd African (continents, design motifs, rough textures).



The central character (literally) is the Nommo:

"The Nommo are mythological ancestral spirits (sometimes referred to as deities) worshipped by the Dogon people of Mali. The word Nommos is derived from a Dogon word meaning "to make one drink." The Nommos are usually described as amphibious, hermaphroditic, fish-like creatures. Folk art depictions of the Nommos show creatures with humanoid upper torsos, legs/feet, and a fish-like lower torso and tail. The Nommos are also referred to as “Masters of the Water”, “the Monitors”, and "the Teachers”. Nommo can be a proper name of an individual, or can refer to the group of spirits as a whole. For purposes of this article “Nommo” refers to a specific individual and “Nommos” is used to reference the group of beings." Wikipedia

Find out more about ASFS here.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Tracking 100 African Writers of SFF

Geoff Ryman takes on the momentous task of tracking down and interviewing 100 African Writers of SFF in an eyeopening series on TOR.com.




The initial instalment focuses on the diversity of talent in Nairobi and surrounds, setting the stage for the world to wake up to the talent already prospering on this beautiful continent.
It reveals an exciting time in speculative and science fiction fantasy literature, never mind traditional fiction, as writers deal with their own languages and culture in the local and global context. Testing their boundaries, screwing with the norms and dictates of english "rules" to hone their own voices and speak for themselves. A particularly difficult task in traditional publishing with its own "guidelines" (aka rules). This has lead to many self publishing or starting their own mags, anthologies and books - with great success and following locally.

"No audience" for this content? It's already there, as Omenana, Kwani? and their compatriots have proved. There is now an outpouring to feed the appetite of the readers.

It's high time the world started to take notice of the ideas, philosophical and cultural impact, and magic emanating from here. 

I'm trying to catch up with all the reading as it is!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Imagine Africa 500: Review by Mark Bould

Mark Bould gives his insights into this collection of speculative fiction from Africa:

Imagine Africa 500 is a smart and engaging addition to the growing number of anthologies of African sf, not quite as literary as Nerine Dorman’s Terra Incognita, nor quite as pulpy as Ivor Hartmann’s AfroSF collections. Billy Kahora, The Story Club and Pan African Publishers are to be congratulated for setting this all in motion, for their commitment to developing new writers, for their efforts to address the domination of African sf by South Africa and Nigeria – Imagine Africa 500 includes five authors from Malawi, four from Uganda and one from Botswana, as well as three Nigerians and two South Africans – and by male writers – two-fifths of the stories are by women, which is not parity but is heading in the right direction.
Read the original review here.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Nebula & The Void


15/10/2015

He looked into the void and the void screamed back.

Blackness speckled with a few stars was how he had always imagined traveling through the vastness of space. Before any campaign he would picture, from his position on the ship's bridge, a 270 degree view of a silent depth, the blackness occasionally interrupted by the mass of a gas giant growing to dominate his vision.

Smeared across the charcoal canvas was something alive, breathing its gaseous paints into every inch of black; a myriad of pastels bleeding into one another.

The Room (Flash Fiction)


06/11/2015

The floorboards shook. For a moment, the dust and frayed carpeting were suspended in space. Finally, everything settled back down as if nothing had happened.

The curtains were sucked against the window frames, one succumbing and disappearing out into the bright noonday sun. With bursts of dust off the fragile floral material, the air returned to the room.

For a moment there was silence.

Win A Year's Food (Flash Fiction)

17/10/2014
360 Words

The 365 loaves of bread were offloaded in the afternoon. Helen stood in her kitchen doorway watching the delivery van rise on its shocks as the weight of the crate was transferred onto her lawn. Not quite what she had imagined, but who can look a gift horse in the mouth?

The delivery man released the hydraulic lift control, stepped around the crate to check all was well with the package, and turned blankly to Helen. His job was done.

She smiled back at him with a tentative hand-raising. What the hell was she supposed to do now? 700 grams times by 365, equaled 255 kilograms. That was four times her weight. Twice that of her husband, Jacob. “Win A Year’s Food” it had said. Apparently people live on bread alone.

The man retracted the machine arm, closed the back doors and hurried back into the van off to his next delivery.

The package remained on the lawn.

Tape41 (Short Film Script)

2008

In September 2007 the South African Police Services “misplaced” a vital piece of evidence in one of their leading organized crime investigations.

This evidence, a video tape, contained footage that would not only bring one of South Africa’s leading crime lords to justice, but would also incriminate the SAPS in a separate but related case.

This tape eventually turned up on the internet and finally back in the hands of the media.

This is an unedited copy of that tape.

21 Pages

THE SEA – TRADITIONS IN A BOTTLE (Short Story)

20/03/2015
589 Words

The swirling activity in the glass had now settled. The last grains of sand, that had escaped the plastic bottle, lay on the bottom while pale particles hovered in the rest of the cloudy water.

It had only been two days since he returned from the coast. In that time he hadn’t opened the bottle. In fact he had forgotten about it altogether. He had even forgotten why he had walked barefoot into the low waves that day, jeans rolled up over his ankles, and feeling slightly awkward. The fact that there were about eight other people performing a similar task didn't make it any less odd for him.

He had remembered the bottle five minutes ago. So here he was. He sat alone at the kitchen counter, leaning in on the glass.

His fingers tapped the countertop apprehensively.

OUT OF THE BLUE (Script) 2008

OUT OF THE BLUE:
The Desktop Chronicles
Contributions by Michael Louw, Stephen Embleton & William Rea
06/3/2008


In the vein of Monty Python's Flying Circus...
19 Sketches.


The Pencil Sketch
(May 2008)

Part 1


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Land of Light - Short Story Published

Short story published!

Grateful to be part of this speculative fiction anthology out of Africa.
Thank you Shadreck Chikoti and everyone involved. I can also appreciate the time and effort required to bring a book to print.

Imagine Africa 500 years in the future.

Imagine Africa 500 - Speculative Fiction From Africa