South African SF

SF in SA (27) One Language is Never Enough: On Both Harnessing and Resisting the Western Gaze (May 2016)

Why do we write? And, perhaps even more importantly, for whom do we write? We certainly would not write if there was no reader, even if that reader…

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SF in SA (26) Credo Mutwa: Time Unraveller by Ruth Simbao (2.5MB)

Interesting article (available here with permission from the author) on the art and SF vision of umZulu healer and visionary Credo…

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SF in SA (25): Academia and the Advance of African SF (August 2015)

African SF used to be pretty thin on the ground, although this may be partly down to narrow Western definitions of what exactly SF is - whether it…

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SF in SA (23) African SF Rec List from Nine Worlds (August 2014)

African SF (9 Worlds) Panel Rec List Marguerite Abouet – Aya De Yopougon Ayodele Arigbabu - Lagos 2060 Lauren Beukes –…

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(Not) SF in SA 22: ‘It’s All About Pianos’: Writing through Pain/Disability (Sep 2014)

‘It’s All About Pianos’: Stories & ACT Through Chronic Illness & Hidden Disability In 1982, South African state TV was just 6 years…

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SF in SA 21. Identity, belonging and ecological crisis in South African speculative fiction by Dr. Elzette Steenkamp (Apr 2014)

Sf in SA 21. Identity, belonging and ecological crisis in SA speculative fiction (Dr. Elzette Steenkamp: April 2014)

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Part 20 – Beyond ‘Broken Monsters’ and ‘The Three’ (February 2014)

Part 20. (Feb 2014) South African speculative fiction in the year Twenty Fourteen (2014)

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Part 19. Writing the Future of Race by Michelle Murrain (August 2013)

I like thinking about the future, and its many possibilities. Race is an important, although often subtle, component of my fiction. Almost all of my…

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Part 18 – On African Literary Prizes 2013 (July 2013)

Perspectives on Literary Awards for African Writing

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Part 17 – Africa in Science Fiction by Nick Wood (December 2012)

African Science Fiction in South London...

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Part 16 – 2011 – South African Speculative Fiction Gathers Momentum (April 2012) by Sarah Lotz, Nick Wood & Tanya Barben

An account of a year past and a year coming, for South African spec-fic

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Part 15 – SF in SA 15 – On Writing the ‘Other’, with Zandile Mahlasela (March 2012)

On Writing about (perceived) 'Differences'

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Part 14 – SF in SA 14 – Interview with South African Writer Tom Learmont (January 2012) by Nick Wood

In mid November 2011, I picked Tom Learmont up from Finchley Central tube station in North London and we made our way to a nearby pub for a…

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Part 13 – SF in SA 13 – Mighty Man, a Superman for Soweto (November 2011) by Nick Wood

On a black 'South African' super-hero from the 70's.

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Part 12 – Lauren Beukes wins Arthur C. Clarke Award (May 2011) by Nick Wood

A Brief appreciation of Zoo City c/f Locus Online.

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Part 11 – Our Ancestors Are Not Ghosts (December 2010) by Nick Wood

On judging stories from their roots and not from Eurocentric distances.

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Part 10 – South African Speculative Fiction Over The Ages (December 2009) by Nick Wood

A socio-historical overview of the development of South African speculative fiction.

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Part 9 – Doris Lessing (Southern Rhodesia/Zimbabwe) (August 2009) by Adam Roberts

An appreciation of Doris Lessing, ex-Rhodesian/Zimbabwean writer, reprinted with kind permission by SF author and academic Adam Roberts.

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Part 8 – Insider versus Outsider Fiction?

A review of Resnick and Dozois' Future Earths: Under African Skies and Chimurenga.

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Part 7 – Science Fiction in Southern Africa by Ingrid Johnston

African Novels in Canadian Schools - Access, Reception and Cultural Mediation. Reprinted [With Permission] from Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature, 44, (1), 2006, pp. 20-27.

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Part 6 – Science Fiction in Southern Africa by Gail Jamieson

Gail Jamieson's article from Probe 134 (2007) Reprinted [With Permission] January 2008).

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Part 5 – Some Thoughts On South African Science Fiction

Reprinted [With Permission] from Vector (2006) - (September 2007).

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Part 4 – A Rare (South African) Fantasy

Tanya Barben's view on Timlin's The Ship That Sailed To Mars. (August 2007).

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Part 3 – South African SF – i.e. Speculative Fiction, not just Science

A commentary on Professor Deirdre Byrne's articles on South African science fiction (July 2006).

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Part 2 – African SF?

A brief overview of SF within the African context (September 2005).

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Part 1. A Personal Introduction

A personal introduction to my exposure to SF in SA (July 2005).

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