Black People : Black people and science fiction/fantasy

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  1. African_Prince

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    Why aren't there more Black authors of science fiction/fantasy? Fantasy is probably the oldest genre of storytelling there is so it probably began in Africa. I don't think any other genre stimulates the imagination to the extent that science fiction/fantasy does, especially fantasy, because it forces us to imagine a world that is drastically different from our own. Elves, dwarves, leperchauns etc. are entirely too Eurocentric for me so I wish more Black authors would write ancient African based and/or contemporary Black fantasy novels.
     
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    Have you heard of Octavia E. Butler?

    http://destee.com/forums/showthread.php?t=64758

    Her books are GREAT!

     
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    I love Octavia Butler, I own all of her novels (including Survivor, which I haven't read yet). I especially love Kindred and her Patternist series.

    There's an anthology of Black sci-fi/fantasy short stories called Dark Matter II : Reading the Bones. My two favorite stories (so far) are Yahimba's Choice by Charles Saunder's and A Quality of Sand. There's some stuff by Tananarive Due and Stephen Barnes that I really want to read as well. I'd prefer to read Black oriented novels but since there are so few, I have no choice but to read more medieval Euro oriented fantasy, even if it is kind of corny. I've always read science fiction but the idea of fantasy appeals to me more.
     
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    Okay great! I'm going to have check out those books by Charles Saunder's, Tananarive, and Stephen Barnes.

    I would however like to read more sci-fi books by blacks myself...

    It's funny cause a few days ago I was reading some folklore from Africa and I was amazed at some of the stories.

    I would think now of days it may be harder to reach blacks through sci-fi as some seem that they are not into it as much.

    But most folks when you say "sci-fi" the first thing that comes to mind is aliens and spaceships

     
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    cause we'd rather write sex/love/betrayal stories...

    i love sci-fi too...my favorite author is frank herbert...

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    You can incorporate all that stuff, "sex/love/betrayal", into sci-fi books...

    Octavis Butler is a prime example of an author who did so.

     
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    true but truthfully speaking...
    most black folks are not into sci-fi....
    i used to get cracked on from my friends for going home
    in the summer time when everyone was outside to watch
    lost in space....it is what it is...

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    Again, sci-fi is not just aliens and spaceships

    Blade was a sci-fi and blacks loved it.

    I think black people would be more likely to embrace sci-fi if blacks were in these kind of books or movies.

     
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    actually blade is considered fantasy....
    all vampire movies basically are...

    generally speaking for the most part...black women read romance novels and magazines while black men hardly read fiction...black men tend to read non-fictional novels generally dealing in either religion or history....from my experience...
    now it would be nice if we could get more black people to read sci-fi/fantasy and thusly getting more black authors in this genre of writing but truthfully speaking....i'm not holding my breath....lol


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    Me too but, to be honest, I like aliens.
     
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