Tuesday, May 06, 2008

afro-future females

Once upon a time, I wrote an essay that took (in my humble opinion) an overdue look at the science fiction being written by black women. There were very few academic texts on the subject at that point, and the ideas were inspired by Sheree Thomas's groundbreaking 2000 collection Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora (and of course, Octavia Butler). The essay was subsequently accepted for publication in a collection and proceeded to grow outdated in the academic publishing labyrinth. In the end, when two other contributors flaked on completing their essays after extensive badgering, the publisher dropped the project. That's the bad news. The good news is the field has been rapidly growing ever since, and I eagerly await Marleen S. Barr's forthcoming collection Afro-Future Females: Black Writers Chart Science Fiction's Newest New-Wave Trajectory.

Via io9