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The Future of African Science Fiction

over at the newly-formed blog, AfroCyberPunk, Jonathan Dotse of Ghana writes about The Future of African Science Fiction:

Welcome to Africa.

You are not where you think you are. You are not on a safari, or an expedition, or a mission. Your footprint is not the first here, nor will it be the last. Africa is a tour with no guide and no schedule, a ride with no stops, no brakes, and no particular destination – there isn’t even a plan – so don’t bother booking a return trip; just go with the flow. If you are still looking for African science fiction, I advise you to put away your camera and open your eyes.

Africa is science fiction.

Not the science fiction of your grandfather or the Foundation of your Asimov, no. Africa lends herself to the dystopian gloom of failed states, the iron rule of corruption, cartels snaking cold fingers into the upper echelons of government, and high tech gangs of disillusioned youth. Follow her streets into dark melancholy and taste her despair, the bitter and the sweet simmering together to form her unique flavor. Follow the trails of waste spilling out from her gutters, follow them down to the banks of her industrial empires, her charred forests, and damp mines. You will not find your Jedi warriors here, but you might run into some street thugs or hackers, scammers, drug dealers, con men and women, street children, ritual murderers, street evangelists preaching hope and doom. The only Force here is hard currency, and it’s dark on both sides. Embrace her reality.

Africa is cyberpunk.

Read the rest of the essay!


May 6, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,


  1. Really like this…as I said on Jonathan Dotse’s blog…it’s got a little of that William Gibson vibe I love so much.


    Comment by Johnny Laird | May 6, 2010

  2. The same was in ex-USSR in 90s.

    Comment by Boris Sidyuk | May 9, 2010

  3. Jonathan does have a point, but haven’t writers had a tendency to focus on the continent’s exotica? Binyavanga Wainaina’s Granta piece: How to write about Africa might be of some relevance here.


    Comment by Anil Menon | May 11, 2010

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