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Strange Horizons is excited to present to you 100 African Writers of SFF, a series that will run through 2017, and beyond. 100 African Writers of SFF will explore the recent explosion of speculative fiction across the African continent. Written by the noted science fiction writer and academic, Geoff Ryman, who has drawn upon extensive travel and research to put it together, it will feature interviews with speculative fiction writers across various African countries. We hope to introduce our readers to exciting voices from Malawi, Tanzania, South Africa and Uganda, among others.

Strange Horizons will be taking this project forward from Tor, which published the first two issues (Nairobi and Writers in the UK) last year.

With an established tradition of SFF writing, and a thriving and diverse contemporary literary scene (as evidenced by the Jalada Collective's 2015 AfroFutures issue, the omenana magazine, and the African Speculative Fiction Society), the African continent is indispensable to the global SF conversation. Through 100 African Writers of SFF, Geoff Ryman and Strange Horizons hope to contribute to that conversation, and provide a bridge between the writers featured here, and the global SF readership.

We expect to bring you the first part of the series - on South African writers - by the end of February. Watch the Strange Horizons space!


Gautam Bhatia is an Indian speculative fiction writer, and the co-ordinating editor of Strange Horizons. He is the author of the science fiction duology, The Wall (HarperCollins India, 2020) and The Horizon (HarperCollins India, 2021). Both novels featured on Locus Magazine's year-end recommended reading list, and The Wall was shortlisted for the Valley of Words Award for English-language fiction. His short stories have appeared in The Gollancz Book of South Asian Science Fiction and LiveMint magazine. He is based in New Delhi, India.
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26 Sep 2022

Would a Teixcalaanli aristocrat look up at the sky, think of Lsel Station, and wonder—with Auden—"what doubtful act allows/ Our freedom in this English house/ our picnics in the sun"?
I propose that The Expanse and its ilk present us with a similar sentiment, in reverse—a warning that for all the promise of futurism and technological advancement, plenty of new, and perhaps much worse futures are right before us. In the course of outrunning la vieux monde, we may find that we are awaited not simply by new worlds to win, but also many more which may yet be lost.
where oil slurped up out of the dirt, they drink the coffee
Science fiction is a genre that continues to struggle with its own colonialist history, of which many of its portrayals of extractivism are a part. Science fiction is also a genre that has a history of being socially progressive and conscious – these are both truths.
Bring my stones, my bones, back to me
If we are to accept that the extractive unconscious is latent, is everywhere, part of everything, but unseen and unspoken, and killing us in our waking lives, then science fiction constitutes its dreams.
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Waste is profoundly shaping and changing our society and our way of living. Our daily mundane world always treats waste as a hidden structure, together with its whole ecosystem, and places it beyond our sight, to maintain the glories of contemporary life. But unfortunately, some are advantaged by this, while others suffer.
Like this woman, I am carrying the world on my back.
So we’re talking about a violence that supplants the histories of people and things, scrubbing them clean so that they can fuel the oppressive and unequal status quo it sustains.
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