Aqdas Aftab is a nonbinary writer, reader, and dreamer from Islamabad, currently getting their PhD in decolonial trans literature. Aqdas is often thinking about prison abolition, queer speculation, and the healing power of dandelions. Some of their words can be found in Bitch Media, The Rumpus, Yes Poetry, and Transcendent 4: The Year's Best Speculative Transgender Fiction.
I wanted to ask francophone African speculative authors how they feel, how non-Black francophone African authors relate to the controversy, but also how they position themselves either as Afrofuturists or Africanfuturists, or as neither.
In conclusion, I argue that SF fanzines in China mostly played a transitional role. That is, when no professional platforms were available to publish articles and stories, fanzines stepped in. Though most of those fanzines did not last very long, they played the important role of compiling and delivering information. The key reason why I identify those magazines as fanzines is because all the contributors joined out of their interest in SF and worked for free.
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