The Afrofuturism genre is a place where storytellers and artists get to use mysticism, magic, sci-fi & fantasy to entertain readers while enlightening them as they explore our collective past history and envision our future in ways that invite us to examine what is possible in our present. Octavia Butler's work is amazing for so many reasons - but I especially adore her incredibly complex, strong heroines.
I'm looking forward to hearing what the amazing panel guests at Leimert have to share. I'm also excited to meeting readers at the book signing for TRUST & TRUTH! Click here for details about Leimert Book Fair - voted one of the Los Angeles's best 5 annual Book Fairs.
If you'd like to delve into this delicious genre, here's list of some of my favorite Afrofuturism authors & their books to get your started:
Octavia Butler - Kindred
Nnedi Okorafor - Who Fears Death
N.K. Jemison - Dreamblood Duology
Nalo Hopkinson - Sister Mine
Charles R Saunders - Imano
Gloria Naylor - Mama Day
Deborah Pratt - The Vision Quest
Afrofuturism is a cultural aesthetic, philosophy of science, and philosophy of history that combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, Afrocentrism, and magic realism with non-Western cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of black people, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past.