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mei 16, 2011, 7:23am

I've just been listening to an interview with Nigerian-American author Nnedi Okorafor about her book, Who Fears Death, and one of the questions she was asked was about why there is very little African science fiction. So that got me wondering... I can think of SF work from Japan and Latin America - can anyone recommend any from other non-European parts of the world?

mei 16, 2011, 8:47am

Vandana Singh (India) writes SF short stories. I read the one in Interfictions and really liked it. Her collection The woman who thought she was a planet is on my want list.

That's a really good question and I'll be interested to follow this thread. I always think of SF as primarily a British/American/Australian genre, mainly due to the lack of translations into English and my poor reading ability in other languages. Although some work from continental Europe has been translated, I'm sure there is a lot more that hasn't.

Bewerkt: mrt 11, 2018, 5:47am

Depending on whether you consider Russia as European, there's Yevgeny Zamyatin & the Strugatsky brothers.

Bewerkt: jun 7, 2011, 11:38pm

From the Caribbean, there's Nalo Hopkinson, and Tobias Buckell.

jun 8, 2011, 12:37am

I second the recommendations for Vandana Singh and Nalo Hopkinson. Both are excellent writers who use non-European settings in their work to great effect.

jun 8, 2011, 1:04am

Lauren Beukes is a South African writer of SF/F; her novel Zoo City won the Arthur C. Clarke Award this year.

Karen Lord wrote a novel called Redemption in Indigo that I believe is a retelling of a Senegalese folktale; I don't know Lord's nationality though.

And S.P. Somtow is a Thai SF/F author (and composer). He was also published under the name Somtow Sucharitkul.

Of those, the only one I've personally read is Beukes; but I've heard good things about all.

jun 8, 2011, 9:29am

Thanks all, some very interesting ideas to follow up here!

jun 8, 2011, 12:46pm

Tom Learmont's book "Light Across Time" will be published in South Africa this month. No US/British publisher yet. No record in LT as of yet.

I'm not sure whether to mention Lavie Tidhar. Born in Israel, has lived many places, but published in the UK and US. He also runs which is bound to be of interest.

nov 29, 2017, 10:52am

I'm reviving this thread because Eurocon 2018's theme is African SF (, and some of you might be able to travel to Amiens, where the Con takes place.
If you read French, Galaxies has a special issue on the subject (Galaxie n°46) - if not, about half of the short stories featured were translated from English anyway... There are stories by Lesley Nneka Arimah, Sofia Samatar, Moussa Ould Ebnou, Nnedi Okorafor, Mame Bougouma Diene and others.

Bewerkt: dec 29, 2017, 4:35pm

Here's a link to an LA Times article about African science fiction from October 2017.

Also, here is a link to Geoff Ryman's 21 Today articles on African speculative fiction published in the Manchester Review. He did a series on in 2016 about African writers of speculative fiction as well.

dec 29, 2017, 4:42pm

Bewerkt: dec 29, 2017, 5:00pm

Relevant anthologies available in the US:

The Sea Is Ours : Tales from Steampunk Southeast Asia, edited by Jaymee Goh and Joyce Chng

Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root : Caribbean Fabulist Fiction, edited by Nalo Hopkinson

So long been dreaming : Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy includes writers from multiple continents, plus First Nations writers from the US and the UK. Edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan

Breaking the Bow: Speculative Fiction Inspired by the Ramayana, edited by Anil Menon and Vandana Singh, features many South Asian writers.

dec 30, 2017, 3:40am

> 12 Thanks for all these links & recommendations. I've read a bit of African/non-European SF and am always keen to find more.

mrt 11, 2018, 12:10am

I've recently enjoyed Djinn City, epic urban fantasy from Bangladesh, which has djinns as the main magical creatures rather than werewolves or vampires or other European folkloric figures.