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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 clich├ęd 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!