Though Black women's literature spans every genre imaginable, the visibility of Black women in speculative fiction is often low. These women create work that not only speaks to their experiences but imagines new worlds and possibilities. Their stories take us on journeys. And while though the work may offer temporary moments of escape, when we return we're better able to interpret our own place in the world. If you're interested in taking the trip, you'll want to check out these Black women science fiction writers.
Tananarive Due wrote her first novel, The Between, in 1995. Since then she's gone on to author a number of novels that span multiple genres including the African Immortals Series. There have been reports that a film version of My Soul to Keep is currently in production and will star Blair Underwood. In 2012 became an endowed Cosby chair of the Humanities at Spelman College.
Must Read: My Soul to Keep
Must Read: Mindscape
Born in Jamaica, Nalo Hopkinson has published a number of novels and short stories and edited anthologies. Her novel Sister Mine won the John W. Campbell Award, the World Fantasy Award and the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. She currently teaches at University of California Riverside.
Must Read: Brown Girl in the Ring
Brooklyn resident N. K. Jeminisin has been shortlisted with a number of awards for her science fiction/fantasy short stories and novels and was awarded the Locus Award for Best First Novel for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.
Must Read: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Nigerian-American Nnedia Okorafor's writes African-based science fiction stories. Her novel Who Fears Death won the World Fantasy Award for best novel. In addition to her novels for adults, she's written prize-winning young adult books including Akata Witch, Zahrah the Windseeker, and The Shadow Speaker, and a children's book Long Juju Man. Hopefully, we'll see her work again soon in theaters because Akata Witch's film rights have been optioned. She is currently a professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Buffalo.
Must Read: Who Fears Death
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