Manchester Review Issue 18: 21 Today: African Speculative Fiction

Manchester Review Issue 18: 21 Today: African Speculative Fiction

In 2015 I wrote a short story called “Mother’s Love“, which was longlisted for the Short Story Day Africa Prize. Tomorrow, Friday 21st July 2017, Mother’s Love will appear as a reprint in issue 18 of the Manchester Review, a special issue titled 21 Today: African Speculative Fiction. This special issue is edited by none other than Geoff Ryman, and it brings some much deserved attention to the rise of African Speculative Fiction over the recent years. Feast your eyes on the table of contents below, which shows a list of truly wonderful African writers of speculative fiction.

I also urge you to check out the African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) for a better understanding of just how much African Speculative Fiction we have been producing out here. You can also follow the ASFS on Twitter. There is also a fantastic episode of one of my favourite podcasts, The Coode Street Podcast, which features Geoff Ryman talking about 100 African Writers of SF/F.


Table of Contents

The Manchester Review Issue 18

Special Issue:


21 Today: Introduction by Geoff Ryman

Part One Introduction: Lift Off

Branded (2003) by Lauren Beukes (South Africa)

Warped (2004) by Ayodele Arigbabu (Nigeria)

Eden’s Burning (2008) by Doreen Baingana (Uganda)

Doppelganger (2008) by Peter Kalu (Nigeria/UK)


Part Two introduction: Publishing Venues, Workshops and Awards

Please Feed Motion (2011) by Irenosen Okojie (Nigeria/UK)

How Nnedi got Her Curved Spine (2012) by Nnedi Okorafor (Nigeria/USA)

Writing in the Stars (2015) by Jonathan Dotse (Ghana)

Mother’s Love (2015) by Dayo Ntwari (Nigeria/Rwanda)


Part Three introduction: Superheroes: Gods and Politics

The Last Pantheon (2015) by Nick Wood and Tade Thompson (Nigeria, South Africa, UK) part one

part two

part three

Khamzila’s Adventure – graphic novel (2016) by Ziphosakhe Hlobo and Lena Posch, art by Ethnique Nicole Leonards, with afterword by Monde Sitole (South Africa)


Part Four: South African Conundrums

Stations (2015) by Nick Mulgrew (South Africa)

Shame (2014) by Nerine Dorman (South Africa)


Part Five: Nairobi Beatniks

No Kissing the Dolls Unless Jimi Hendrix is Playing (2014) by Clifton Cachagua (Kenya)

Elephants Chained to Giant Kennels (2012) by Mehul Gohil (Kenya)


Part Six: Living in an African Future

Sahara (2016) by Shadreck Chikoti (Malawi)

Land of Light (2015) by Stephen Embleton (South Africa)

Women are from Venus (2015) by Tiseke Chilima (Malawi)

One wit’ This Place (2015) by Muthi Nhelma (Malawi)

Her Broken Shadow (2016) excerpt from shooting script, written and directed by Dilman Dila (Uganda)


Part Seven introduction: Should I stay or should I go? Publishing internationally, writing locally

The Regression Test (2017) by Wole Talabi (Nigeria/Malaysia)

The Old Man with The Third Hand’ 2017 by Kofi Nyameye (Ghana)


21 Tomorrow

A list of links to 21 more SFF stories by Africans published in online publications and available for free.


21 Today: The Rise of African Speculative Fiction year by year by Geoff Ryman

A work in progress tracing the rise and then explosion of African Speculative fiction

with an

‘Endnote: How Did This Happen?’ speculating about contributing factors.


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