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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 based in New Delhi, India. When not at his day job as a lawyer and legal academic, he tries to lay hands on the latest works of historical and speculative fiction—with a particular taste for high fantasy and Orwellian dystopias—and read them from cover to cover. He has reviewed before for the Jadaliyya Magazine, and blogs about books at anenduringromantic.
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