Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture by Ytasha L. Womack

By Ytasha L. Womack

2014 Locus Awards Finalist, Nonfiction Category

In this hip, available primer to the tune, literature, and paintings of Afrofuturism, writer Ytasha Womack introduces readers to the burgeoning group of artists developing Afrofuturist works, the innovators from the earlier, and the wide variety of matters they discover. From the sci-fi literature of Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler, and N. okay. Jemisin to the musical cosmos of sunlight Ra, George Clinton, and the Black Eyed Peas’, to the visible and multimedia artists encouraged via African Dogon myths and Egyptian deities, the book’s themes variety from the “alien” event of blacks in the United States to the “wake up” cry that peppers sci-fi literature, sermons, and activism. With a twofold target to entertain and enlighten, Afrofuturists try to collapse racial, ethnic, and social barriers to empower and loose members to be themselves.

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