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MOBI Å DOC AfroSF By Ivor W. Hartmann FREE É AfroSF is the first ever anthology of Science Fiction by African writers only that was open to submissions of original previously unpublished works across Africa and abroad'Proposition 23' by Efe Okogu nominated for the 2013 BSFA awardsTOC'Moom' Nnedi Okorafor'Home Affairs' Sarah Lotz'The SSale' Tendai Huchu'Five Sets of Hands' Cristy Zinn'New Mzansi' Ashley Jacobs'Azania' Nick Wood'Notes from Gethsemane' Tade Thompson'Planet X' SA Partridge'The Gift of Touch' Chinelo Onwualu'The Foreigner' Uko Bendi Udo'Angel Song' Dave de Burgh'The Rare Earth' Biram Mboob'Terms Condition Fantastic effort Some stories definitely stood out for me loved most of them There were also some I wish would develop into a larger story Can't wait for the next edition

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S Apply' Sally Ann Murray'Heresy' Mandisi Nkomo'Closing Time' Liam Kruger'Masuerade Stories' Chiagozie Fred Nwonwu'The Trial' Joan De La Haye'Brandy City' Mia Arderne'Ofe' Rafeeat Aliyu'Claws and Savages' Martin Stokes'To Gaze at the Sun' Clifton Gachagua'Proposition 23' Novelette Efe Oko I constantly hunt for collections of speculative short stories featuring themes and characters with an Africa flavor I was excited to discover AfroSF Science Fiction by African Writers edited by Ivor W Hartmann AfroSF presents 22 noteworthy and emerging authors who are Africans living on the continent and throughout the world I have read or been involved with other sci fi collections such as Genesis An Anthology of Black Science Fiction Black Science Fiction Society; Dark Matter Reading the Bones edited by Sheree R Thomas; and The Darker Mask Heroes from the Shadows edited by Gary Phillips and Christopher Chambers I've published my own anthology AFRO Sci Fi that features my stories I like sci fi anthologies a lot I am always happy to see a new oneAfroSF as with all anthologies has literary high plateaus mediocre valleys and dismal pits Most readers will find at least one or two stories that they will thoroughly enjoy and be enlightened by and perhaps even be moved emotionally to tears There are mid range stories that despite flaws are still worth the time to read and ponder And some stories will make you wonder how in heavens did the manuscript get past the editors My biggest concern is the price of the e book I paid a whopping 999 for a Kindle edition In reality this is far too much money for a digital volume of this scope apparently the US Justice Department agrees with me However my curiosity overcame my fiscal sensibilities I wanted to read purely “African” science fiction; and embrace the hopes fears and view of the future by writers who are knowledgeable of the 54 individual nations and thousands of social cultures in Africa “Home Affairs” by Sarah Lotz is set in an African dystopia where robots are the face of the government that most people interact with A slight computer error can cause a catastrophic loss of your personal and national identity It is a thought provoking piece that is probably closer to reality than we would like to admit “The Rare Earth” by Biram Mboob is an excellent piece set in a future Africa ruthlessly controlled by global corporations hi tech gangs and a self proclaimed messiah who uses stolen technology to produce religious miracles There are other stories offering killer drones spaceships political and technological conflict that I found interesting However many of the contributoring writers are not conversant with concepts such as FTL and other sci fi hardware For instance traveling to the edge of the Earth solar system in a chemical powered rocket would take than a few months such as depicted in Heresy by Mandisi Nkomo The NASA Voyager space crafts the fastest human made machines ever have been traveling for than three decades just to reach the fringes of the solar system boundaries The science in science fiction should be plausible or at least current with existing tech The real power of AfroSF flows from the exploration of everyday human problems in futuristic settings Situations involve oppressive government incurable diseases innovative expressions of sexuality foreign nations occupying huge tracts of native lands corporate greed global climate change and religious fanaticism These are relevant issues for Africans today and tomorrow Many of the writers in AfroSF strove to investigate the crucial element of sci fi by asking “What if Africa ”

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AfroSF By Ivor W. HartmaAfroSF is the first ever anthology of Science Fiction by African writers only that was open to submissions of original previously unpublished works across Africa and abroad'Proposition 23' by Efe Okogu nominated for the 2013 BSFA awardsTOC'Moom' Nnedi Okorafor'Home Affairs' Sarah Lotz'The This is a historic collection of afrofuturistic literature written primarily by bloggers I was assigned several of these for a class and thus have not finished reading this collection Here are some reviews of the stories in this collection that I have in fact read The Sale by Tendai Huchu → ★★★☆☆A story of a world overtaken by bureaucracy Genuinely liked and appreciated the commentary of this story Really think that when writing a story about a population being brutally repressed you should think twice about it being via estrogen that gives your character breasts The Gift of Touch by Chinelo Onwualu → ★★★★★A brief space opera with good characters and great dialogue This one feels like some very conscious commentary on Firefly the television show and I had a lot of fun writing a very brief essay about it Heresy by Mandisi Nkomo → ★★★★☆This one is some very good satire on South African politics and also communism turned fascism Very cold very dark very interesting I'd like to read about this To Gaze at the Sun by Clifton Gachagua → ★★★☆☆Absolutely fascinated by this story's seeming implication that Africa’s Great Rift Valley cuts along the middle of the continent through both Egypt and Sudan it does not Somewhat sad at this worldbuilding because overall I really liked the ideas explored here of parenthood and identity Proposition 23 by Efe Okogu → ★★★★☆ A corporation cannot be killed thus no matter how heinous the crimes it commits The worst it can face is a fine The longest story a three point of view scifi dystopia The premise is essentially the Matrix but without giant bugs manipulating us just AI As a result this one feels prescient Very smart and I liked this one Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify | Youtube | About |