|From The State of Black Science Fiction Facebook Group|
|Available at MVmedia|
As Ojetade said in his blog post celebrating the first Black Speculative Fiction Month: "Why? Because every day we meet Black people who have never imagined Black folks writing and reading speculative fiction; especially science fiction. Why? Because a recent poll among young people found that the most popular genres were science fiction and fantasy. Why? Because every prominent scientist in the US listed that they read science fiction." From the Chronicles of Harriet blog.
MVmedia, LLC features his own, Ojetade's, and the founder of the sword and soul genre, Charles S. Saunders' books, plus several anthologies. There's also a selection of graphic novels for comics fans. Personally, I highly recommend From Here to Timbuktu for older teens and adults and Amber and the Hidden City for tweens and teens.
As an avid speculative fiction fan and aspiring author, I simply can't imagine that anyone would think there isn't a market for books by and for Black fans! Yet, that's been a reality for far too long. Thanks to the indie market, the choices for speculative fiction fans have vastly expanded and caught the attention of major publishers. New books published by traditional publishers include Dread Nation by Justine Ireland (highly recommended by me!), A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney, The Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and, of course, the award-winning books of Nnedi Okorafor.
Alien Star Books. Intended for teens and young adults of Color, it has room for all teen and YA speculative fiction books, both indie and traditionally published. My focus is on diverse protagonists. There's a page for each demographic, ranging from Black to Differently Abled to Non-Humans and Aliens.
As we approach the end of October and Black Speculative Fiction Month, I invite you to check out the resources and books available to science fiction and fantasy fans. From zombies to steamfunk to outer space, there's a fantastic story for every fan!
Resources for readers:
Alien Star Books
Chronicles of Harriet
The State of Black Science Fiction Facebook Group
The Black Science Fiction Society Facebook Group and Website
Look for my next post on hummingbird magnets for fall and winter on Friday, November 2nd.
And don't forget to submit your flash fiction! They're due by end of the day tomorrow, October 30!