Whether interested in investigating or immersing yourself within the genre of Afrofuturism or looking for some diversity in your science-fiction , nothing beats opening a good book. Still, with so many choices at one's disposal, deciding on just one title can prove difficult.
This list is a list ranging from my top selects from some of the genre ’s leading femme + trans voices - most new to the national stage. From Akwaeke Emezi to Rivers Solomon, many of these authors have been the recipients of national awards in the United States. Furthermore, these five titles have heavily contributed to advancing the genre and are helping to reimagine the black female experience beyond this current time and space - spatially and metaphysically.
Did you see your favorite? If not, feel free to share with me what you think should've made a list below in the comments.
1. “How Long 'Til Black Future Month?” by N.K. Jemisin (2018)
2. “Who Fears Death” by Nnedi Okorafor“ (2014)
3. “Temper: A Novel” by Nicky Drayden (2018)
4. “An Unkindness of Ghosts“ by Rivers Solomon (2017)
5. “Mem“ by Bethany Morrow (2018)
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Tyree Boyd-Pates is a museum curator and historian in Los Angeles. He also is an avid Afrofuturism lover who facilitates his Afrofuturism book club at LA’s own The Last Book Store! If ever free, feel free to join in!