Everything except time travel

Another great anthology of African speculative fiction, edited by Ivor W. Hartmann. I can just recommend it.


Ivor W. Hartmann (ed.): AfroSFv3. StoryTime Publishing 2018. 233 p. ISBN 978-9198291339.


Since Zimbabwean writer and editor Ivor W. Hartmann started asking for submissions to AfroSFv4, the fourth anthology of African speculative ficiton it was time for me to read the previous antho AfroSFv3. The edition contains stories from a dozen authors, some of whom I am familiar with like T. Huchu, Wole Talabi, or Mazi Nwonwu because I have been reading African SF for a while. The spectrum of stories spans space opera, biohazard, cyberpunk, first contact, more space opera… everything except time travel.

As is not surprising with an anthology, I do not like all stories equally well. Some plots are not convincing. However, I read the book in one go. My favourite story is »Parental Control« by Mazi Nwonwu. It’s about a 16 year old guy, a legendary virtual gamer, who’s mother is an android and who meets his father for the first time. This raises a lot of questions. Another favourite is »Safari Nyota: A Prologue« by Dilam Dila about a generation spaceship in which android doppelgangers watch over their human originals who sleep in cryotanks until one day a fateful decision has to be made by one of them.

My recommendation: grab this book and shorten the waiting time until AfroSFv4 is published. You will not regret it.

Table of Contents
T. L. Huchu ‘Njuzu’
Cristy Zinn ‘The Girl who stared at Mars’
Mandisi Nkomo ‘The Emo Hunter’
Biram Mboob ‘The Luminal Frontier’
Gabriella Muwanga ‘The Far Side’
Wole Talabi ‘Drift Flux’
Stephen Embleton ‘Journal of a DNA Pirate’
Masimba Musodza ‘The Interplanetary Water Company’
Dilman Dila ‘Safari Nyota’
Mazi Nwonwu ‘Parental Control’
Andrew C. Dakalira ‘Inhabitable’
Mame Bougouma Diene ‘Ogotemmeli’s Song’

To the publisher’s website
Omenana is the only speculative fiction magazine in Africa, co-founded and edited by Mazi Nwonwu
Here’s my blog post about Afro SFv1, the first anthology of African speculative fiction ever

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