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  • Writer's pictureKL Forslund

The State of Black Science Fiction

Updated: Mar 14, 2021

We honor the dead on Memorial Day, but they’re here to remind us every day. We forgive on Forgiveness Day, but we should be doing that every day. Nobody should wait until the special day. The day is meant to reinforce what we should already be doing. February is Black History Month, and we know there’s thousands of years of Black History.


Part of that history is writers of color who’ve been filling the alleged void of Black Science Fiction (and Fantasy!). Some of the stories are about being Black, some are about people who happen to be Black. All of them are fantastic. Some are mainstream, but many are independently published. They’ve taken the hard road where mainstream publishers are just awakening to looking for voices like theirs.


Hear them.


Now.


I set out on the easy road and scroll through my friends’ pages and groups to make a list article. It took long enough that my back hurts. Good. Pain gives the work meaning. The list is not a completed work, but neither is history. There’s always something going on. Read and if you can, add to it.


Black Authors and Where to Find Them


Al Stewart


Alan Jones


Aleron Kong


Alex Smith (I think this is the right one, maybe)


Alex Jennings


Alexander Simmons


Alicia McCalla


Andrea Hairston


Antoine Bandele


Ashleigh Davenport


Athena Persephoni


Aurelius Raines


Baba Okiki-Ifa Oluso


Balogun Ojetade


Bob McNeil


Brandon Rouse


Brandon O'Brien


Brent Lambert


Brittni Chenelle


Bryan D. Convington


Cadwell Turnbull


Carl Hancock Rux


Carole McDonnell


C. C. Ekeke


Cecil Washington


Celestian Antrig Brightmoon


Cerece Rennie Murphy


Charles Saunders


Charlie J. Eskew


Christopher A. Hunter


Christopher Chambers


Christopher Surratt


Cole Riley


Colson Whitehead


Danian Darrell Jerry


Daniel Jose Older


Darryl Dawson


DaVaun Saunders


David Anthony Durham


Denny Upkins


Derrick A. Bell


Derrick Ferguson


Deston J. Munden


Dewaine Farria


DeWayne Copeland


Donovan Hall


Dwayne A. Madry


Dwayne McDuffie


Echo Ishi


Edward Austin Hall


Ekpeki Donald Oghenechovwe


Elwin Michael Cotman


Emmy Jackson


Enock Simbaya


Errick Nunnally


Eugen Bacon


Evan Winter


Frederick S. Blackmon


Geoffrey Thorne


Gloria Sanders Williams


Hannibal Tabu


Howard Night


Ismael Reed


Jahmil Effend


James Beamon


James L Hill


Jarla Tangh


Jason Malcom Stewart


Jelani Wilson


Jesse J. Holland


Jessie L. Sifford


John H. Sibley


John Jennings


Justin C. Key


Justina Ireland


K Ceres Wright


K. R. S. McEntire


KC King


Keith Gaston


Keith Hayden


Kyoko M


Kwame Mbalia


Letitia Carelock


Leon Clarke


Levar Burton


Mack Little


Malcom Morrow


Marc L Abbot


Marlon James


Mat Johnson


Maurice Broadus


Maurice Ruffin


Milton Davis


Minister Faust (aka Malcolm Azania)


N. K. Jemisin


Nalo Hopkinson


Namina Forna


Napoleon Wells


Nicole Givens Kurtz


Nisi Shawl


Nnedi Okorafor


Nmesoma Okechukwu


Octavia Butler


Odie Hawkins


Percival Everett


Pierre Demery


P.Djèlí Clark


Penelope Flynn


Q Allen


R Alan Brooks


Rachel Cox


Rob Cameron


Ronald T. Jones


Ruth de Jauregui


Samuel Delaney


Steve Bellinger


Steven Barnes


Steven Van Patten


Tade Thompson


Ta-Nehisi Coates


Tananarive Due


T.C. Morgan


T. L. Thompson


Thomas Davis


Thomas Webb


Tim Fielder


Timothy Lee Reed


Tobias S Buckell


Tochi Onyebuchi


Toni Adeyemi


Troy L. Wiggins


Valjeanne Jeffers


Victor Lavalle


Violette Meier


Walter Mosley


W. E. B. Du Bois


William Hayashi


Wole Talabi


Zig Zag Claybourne (Clarence Young)



Black Comic and Book Publishing Companies

During my search, I found companies making comic books and books and more.


Brown Band Entertainment


Diskordia


Etan Comics


Griot Enterprises


Heroes of the World


Kronket Comics


MV Media


PBS Media


RAE Comics


Sistah Scifi


Sovereign Comics


Visonary Studios


Wingless Entertainment


Write On Right On



Credit Where It's Due

I could not have built this list without the work Milton Davis put in on his site MV Media and The State of Black Science Fiction facebook group. I pretty much scrolled and found names and tested links for everybody who created there. It is a good place to learn about Black Fiction, expand the diversity of you reading, and meet some pretty cool people to talk about The Expanse and Wakanda.



More

A Twitter friend of mine, Gabino Iglesias tackled a list of Black Authors You Should Read last year. My list is shorter than his, and his was a pebble from the mountain.



Feedback

If there’s a typo, bad link or an author I missed, let me know in the comments. The work is not complete.


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