The title says it all. For the next fortnight and some change, people in various corners of the internet will be celebrating Black Speculative Fiction Month by creating and exposing other people to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and other Speculative Fiction built and birthed by People of Color. This is something that I never thought I’d see. Though there is still a lot of education and analysis needed on why Black (and other races, and gender-conscious) Speculative Fiction spaces are so necessary, it’s still good to sit back and celebrate every once in a while.
Given the popularity of my Six Essential Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Written By Black Authors post, my contribution to Black Speculative Fiction Month will be to highlight new and/or forthcoming works by black authors. So, here’s a list! I’ve read, #amreading or intending to read most of these books (excepting the ones that aren’t out yet), and I assure you that there’s something on this list for everyone. So, get amongst:
1. Kabu Kabu – Nnedi Okorafor
Kabu Kabu is a collection of previously published and new short stories by Nnedi Okorafor. I haven’t read it yet, but I love her work, so I’m sure that it’s great.
2. The Seedbearing Prince – DaVaun Sanders
The Seedbearing Prince is an all-ages Sci-Fi tale with crisp writing, an engaging story, and a cool world. I’m reading it now and I’m not disappointed.
3. Skinless – L.M. Davis
L.M. Davis has posted here before. Her Shifters series was amazing, and I’m closing in on the end of Skinless, the first book in her three part Skinless series.
4. Afrofuturism: The Wold of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture – Ytasha L. Womack
Afrofuturism is an examination of…you guessed it, Afrofuturism in contemporary literature and culture. It looks to be a good primer, and one that I definitely want to own in physical form.
5. Mothership – Anthology, Bill Campbell & Edward Austin Hall, Eds.
Forthcoming anthology featuring many amazing PoC authors works of speculative fiction. Keep an eye on this one, it’ll be good.
6. The Constant Tower – Carole McDonnell
Haven’t read this one yet, but I read McDonnell’s previous work, Wind Follower. Great stuff, and I’m sure that this one will be just as great, or even better. Check it out.
7. Long Division – Kiese Laymon
Planning on reading this one very soon. My wife is reading it now. Laymon’s essays are electrifying, and I don’t see why this novel will be anything less than amazing.
Woman of the Woods – Milton Davis
Meji is one of the premiere works of Sword and Soul on my list of amazing things that you should read. Davis’ works never disappoint, and I’m definitely getting this as soon as I whittle my reading list down a bit.
Now, this is by no means a definitive list of important works to read this month. So, if any of you have anything to add (especially more works by women!!!!), drop a line in the comments won’t you? Please? Thanks.