Blog – October 2016 to January 2017: Onwards The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS)!

Well, it’s been a busy and disturbing 2016 on many levels – I’ll stick mostly with the fiction, although the downturn of Trump and BREXIT are already marginalising the market of dystopian fiction. I mean, how bad can it get, right? ***** all signals down **** Of VERY good news at least is the formation of The African Speculative Fiction Society – kudos to Geoff Ryman for leading on this – and nominations are already open for the Nommo Awards – for novels, short fiction, comics/graphic ...
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SF in SA 28 (October 2016) – Is there such a thing as South African Comics?

As I mentioned some years ago on the South African Comics website, I have been on the search for South African comics for some time - and wrote about Mighty Man, the 1970s black super-hero here - who was ultimately toppled by the Soweto Uprising and the Struggle for freedom. George van der Riet is the proprietor of this website, which is a fantastic nostalgic trawl though the history of South African comics. But what about if you’re looking for new and current South African comics? One grea...
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Blog: June to September 2016

Just back from WorldCon in Kansas City where I was on a good number of panels, including giving a first reading from AZANIAN BRIDGES I also delivered a well-received workshop on Managing Anxiety and spoke on South African Science Fiction. Big news of this period though is the launch of the African Speculative Fiction Society, with the parallel announcement of the Nommo Awards, for Best African SF. Chinelo Onwualu from Nigeria is the Chief Spokesperson – and Geoff Ryman (more on Geoff late...
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Blog: March to May 2016

Just a brief update this time. I've added another SF in SA (27) Essay, entitled: 'One Language is Never Enough: On Both Harnessing and Resisting the Western Gaze.' (With both a debt and thanks to a wonderful writer, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz - and ongoing warm wishes!) I have a story, Dream-Hunter, in the latest edition of Omenana Magazine. But please read through the entire magazine, which has a wide variety of really good, really interesting African SFF, as well as an excellent article by Wol...
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Blog – Jan/Feb 2016 – Azanian Bridges

Soon to be launched, my debut novel 'Azanian Bridges' via the excellent NewCon Press. You can read the opening chapter via Books Live SA here. Two reviews of 'AZANIAN BRIDGES' have come out to date, the first on the SFBook Review site here.  Yes, 'Azanian Bridges is the kind of science fiction we need...!' (Not surprising I'd agree, of course!) The second is by Dr. Mark Bould here. Given the centrality of a current existing apartheid within the narrative counterfactual, I have also felt ...
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