Tuesday, March 30, 2010

African Science Fiction

Nnedi Okorafor, science fiction and fantasy author of Nigerian descent, talks about African science fiction.  Compared to our own scene, the scope of the problem is much larger because there is the question of "African-ness" (in which case, we should ask about Asian science fiction instead of Philippine science fiction.)  Okorafor lists down a handful of African SF novels, including three of her own, and comments:

It's really short. I decided to only focus mainly on novels because there are a LOT more short stories and I don't have time to put it together. How do I define African SF? I don't. I know it when I see it.  Debate amongst yourselves. The main fact is that this list DOES exist. Africans ARE writing their own science fiction, contrary to what some may think. But the fact is that Africans need to also write more of it. As I said, this list is short…way too short. I probably missed some folks, so add to the list if you like; we should all be viewing literature with open eyes. It shouldn't take people making lists to expose other kinds of SF. Be curious. Search inside and outside the box.

She also includes a link to Pumzi, a short SF film by Wanuri Kahiu.

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