• KL Forslund

The State of Black Science Fiction

Updated: Feb 8

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

https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/issho-ni/list?title_no=278326


Alan Jones

https://www.amazon.com/Alan-D-Jones/e/B076YRP3B7%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share


Alicia McCalla

https://aliciamccalla.com/


Antoine Bandele

https://www.antoinebandele.com/


Ashleigh Davenport

https://linktr.ee/AshWritesLots


Athena Persephoni

https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/rbooker1003


Balogun Ojetade

https://chroniclesofharriet.com/


Bob McNeil

https://grandmamosespress.com/2021/02/02/black-lives-matter-introducing-bob-mcneil/


Brittni Chenelle

https://www.amazon.com/Brittni-Chenelle/e/B00K4SAKOO/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1


Carole McDonnell

http://www.amazon.com/Carole-McDonnell/e/B0034Q3BWG/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1


Celestian Antrig Brightmoon

https://www.illustratoroffantasies.com/shop


Cerece Rennie Murphy

https://www.cerecerenniemurphy.com/


Charles Saunders

https://differentdrumming.com/


Christopher Surratt

https://www.amazon.com/s?i=stripbooks&rh=p_27%3AChristopher+Surratt&s=relevancerank&text=Christopher+Surratt&ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1


Darryl Dawson

https://www.darryldawsonbooks.com/


Denny Upkins

https://dennisupkins.wordpress.com/


Deston J. Munden

https://www.amazon.com/Deston-J-Munden/e/B07Q2D6948/


Dewaine Farria

https://www.dewainefarria.com/


Donna and Steve Bellinger

https://www.pcbeeusa.com/bellingerbooks/


Donovan Hall

https://twitter.com/Donovan49951130


Echo Ishi

https://echoishiizone.com/about/


Enock Simbaya

https://www.amazon.com/s?i=stripbooks&rh=p_27%3AEnock+Simbaya&s=relevancerank&text=Enock+Simbaya&ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1


Errick Nunnally

http://errick-nunnally.squarespace.com/


Eugen Bacon

http://eugenbacon.com/


Gloria Sanders Williams

https://www.amazon.com/Gloria-Sanders-Williams/e/B004N6SWO8


Hannibal Tabu

http://hannibaltabu.com/


Howard Night

https://www.howardnight.com/


Jahmil Effend

https://www.amazon.com/War-Fallows-Council-Jahmil-Effend-ebook/dp/B08VSFYMLJ/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Jahmil+Effend&qid=1612647817&sr=8-1


Jarla Tangh

http://jarlatangh.blogspot.com/


James L Hill

http://jlhill-books.com/index.html


Jason Malcom Stewart

https://about.me/jaymal


John Jennings

https://twitter.com/JIJennings


Justin C. Key

https://justinckey.com/


Justina Ireland

https://www.authorjustinaireland.com/


K Ceres Wright

http://kceres.net/


K. R. S. McEntire

https://www.amazon.com/K-R-S-McEntire/e/B083QZ558W/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1


KC King

https://www.amazon.com/THRIVE-TRANSGENUS-Book-KC-KING-ebook/dp/B0180GZ4RY/ref=sr_1_9?s=digital-text&geniuslink=true


Keith Hayden

https://keithhayden.net/


Kyoko M

https://www.misskyokom.com/


Letitia Carelock

http://shewhowritesmonsters.com/


Leon Clarke

https://www.amazon.com/s?i=stripbooks&rh=p_27%3ALeon+Clarke+Jr&s=relevancerank&text=Leon+Clarke+Jr&ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1


Mack Little

https://www.ellysianpress.com/authors/mack-little/


Malcom Morrow

https://www.killersindisguise.com/


Marc L Abbot

https://whoismarclabbott.com/


Marlon James

https://www.marlonjameswriter.com/


Milton Davis

https://www.mvmediaatl.com/


N. K. Jemisin

https://nkjemisin.com/


Namina Forna

https://naminaforna.com/


Napoleon Wells

https://twitter.com/NapoleonBXSith


Nicole Givens Kurtz

https://nicolegivenskurtz.net/


Nisi Shawl

http://www.nisishawl.com/


Nnedi Okorafor

https://nnedi.com/


Nmesoma Okechukwu

https://www.amazon.com/Nmesoma-Okechukwu/e/B07WXMCH1H/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1


Octavia Butler

https://www.octaviabutler.com/


Pierre Demery

https://www.amazon.com/s?i=digital-text&rh=p_27%3APierre+Demery&s=relevancerank&text=Pierre+Demery&ref=dp_byline_sr_ebooks_1


Penelope Flynn

https://www.penelopeflynn.com/booksandmedia


R Alan Brooks

https://www.ralanwrites.com/


Rachel Cox

https://coxhenry9.wixsite.com/rachaelcox-writing


Ronald T. Jones

https://www.amazon.com/Ronald-T-Jones/e/B002C1OJ8Y?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1612331021&sr=1-1


Steven Van Patten

https://brookwaterscurse.com/


T.C. Morgan

https://instagram.com/authortcmorgan?igshid=guzhszva4vlc


T. L. Thompson

https://www.authortlthompson.com/


Thomas Davis

https://www.versatile-layer.com/


Thomas Webb

https://www.thomaswebbbooks.com/


Toni Adeyemi

https://www.tomiadeyemi.com/


Violette Meier

http://violettemeier.com/


Zig Zag Claybourne

http://www.writeonrighton.com/



Black Comic and Book Publishing Companies

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


Brown Band Entertainment

http://www.bbe4.com/


Diskordia

http://diskordiacomic.com/


Etan Comics

https://etancomics.com/


Griot Enterprises

https://www.griotenterprises.com/


Heroes of the World

https://theheroesoftheworld.com/


Kronket Comics

https://www.konkretcomics.com/


MV Media

https://www.mvmediaatl.com/


PBS Media

http://pbsmediastudios.com/


RAE Comics

https://www.raecomics.com/


Sistah Scifi

https://sistahscifi.com/


Sovereign Comics

https://sovereigncomicsllc.square.site/


Wingless Entertainment

https://www.winglessent.com/comics


Write On Right On

http://www.writeonrighton.com/index.html



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.


https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=the%20state%20of%20black%20science%20fiction


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.


https://litreactor.com/columns/black-authors-you-should-read


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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