Speculative fiction contains writings of science fiction, fantasy and horror or, those stories the bend what is and ask readers to speculate about what could be. Editors Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade have set aside October to celebrate works that transport us to new worlds; worlds of adventure; of terror; of war and wonder; of iron and steam and are authored by Black writers. If you’re unable to attend any of the events they’ve planned, do visit the blog page that announces the events so that you can build your background
knowledge in the history, seminal works and authors, both classic and contemporary.
Speculative fiction allows both readers and writings to explore issues such as race in ways other genres do not. At times, these writers create creatures and situations that go beyond race, as do other authors. However, the attraction to spec fic has more to do with the worlds created in the writing. One will read them because they read zombies, sci fi or high fantasy. Milton Davis speaks to this complicated issue.
Scowering my blog, I found a few titles you should consider picking up this month.
Promise of Shadows by Justine Ireland; Simon and Schuster, 2014
The Zero Degree Zombie Zone by Patrick Henry Bass and Jerry Craft; Scholastic, 2014
Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson; Arthur A. Levine, 2014
Mesmerize by Artist Arthur; Kimani Tru, 2009
The Agency 3: Traitor in the Tunnel by Y. S. Lee; Candelwick, 2009
Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn; St. Martin Press 11 2009
The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards; HarperCollins, 2012
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010
Awake by Wendy McNair Raven; 2010
Shadow Walker by L A Banks; Sea Lion Books, 2010
47 by Walter Mosley; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2006
Bayou by Jeremy Love; Zuda, 2009
Sweet Whisper Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton; Philomel, 1982
Black Powder by Staton Rabin; Margaret McElderry Books, 2005
Ship of souls by Zetta Elliott; AmazonEncore, 28 Feb
Shieldwolf Dawning by Selena Nemorin; CreateSpace, 2014
Do yourself a real favor and visit Twinja Book Reviews. Guinevere and Libertad dedicate their blog to black speculative fiction and are a much better source on that than I am. And, check them out on Twitter, too! @Dos_Twinjas