SPECIAL GUESTS – AFROFUTURISM

We are delighted to announce four special guests for a Saturday afternoon focusing on Afrofuturism. Never heard of it? Check out Geoff Ryman’s award winning series at Strange Horizons

Geoff will be here to introduce and interview our Special Guests:

Tosin Coker
Tosin Coker always had a lifelong passion for Science Fiction, but her burning desire to contribute new blood to the genre was hindered by feelings of inadequacy. The UK market had never seen works released by a black female writer before, but by way of what she dubs a “Mission Impossible-style challenge”, Coker set out to buck the trends. A decade later, Coker is celebrated as one of Science Fiction’s most talented and refreshing players, with five novels already on the shelves. From her London home, she continues to write her sixth, bringing her total authored book count to thirteen.
Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso
Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso is an MA graduate of Creative Writing, Swansea University Wales. A collection of his stories, The Haunted Grave and Other Stories has been published by Parallel Universe Publication. His short stories, poems and non-fiction have appeared in a couple of journals, anthologies and magazines such as Emanation: Foray into Forever, Africa Roar Anthology, Open Road Review, Criterion Journal, ANA Review, Ground's Ear Anthology, Future Lovecraft, African Eyeball, Miracle e-zine, Episteme Journal, Texts on SAVVY Journal. He has been short listed in IdeasTap Inspires: Writers' Centre Norwich Writing competition, Ghana Poetry Prize, and Quickfox Poetry Competition.
Masimba Musodza
Masimba Musodza was born in Zimbabwe and has lived in the UK since 2002. His work has been published on StoryTime and its print edition, African Roar, Jungle Jim, Winter Tales, The Manchester Review and others. He is the author of the first science-fiction novel in his native language, ChiShona, MunaHacha Maive Nei? which was followed by Shavi Rechikadzi. His forthcoming offering, Herbert Wants To Come Home, will be in English. Musodza is a Charter Member of the African Speculative Fiction Society and its National Spokesperson for Zimbabwe.
Nick Wood
Nick Wood is a South African clinical psychologist, with over twenty short stories previously published in Interzone, Infinity Plus, PostScripts, Redstone Science Fiction and Fierce Family amongst others. He has a YA speculative fiction book published in South Africa entitled The Stone Chameleon as well as a debut novel Azanian Bridges, which has been shortlisted for four Awards, including the Nommos for Best African SF Novel (2016). His next book is Water Must Fall, a solar-punk thriller. Nick has completed an MA in Creative Writing (SF & Fantasy) through Middlesex University.
Geoff Ryman
Geoff Ryman, who has brought us together with our special guests, is himself is the author of the series in Strange Horizons, 100 African Writers of SFF which won the British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Non-Fiction. The series visits many cities in Kenya, South Africa, Malawi, Uganda, Ghana and Nigeria to talk to SFF writers. Geoff is also the Administrator of the Nommo Awards for Best Speculative Fiction by Africans, voted for by the African Speculative Fiction Association. The winners of the first Nommo Awards will be announced on 16 November at the Ake Festival in Abeokuta, Nigeria. He guest-edited the Manchester Review Special Issue 18 which reprinted 21 key stories from the history of African SFF in online format (just Google and go). Geoff is the winner of 16 Awards including the Arthur C Clarke Award twice and in 2012 a Nebula for his Nigeria-set novelet What We Found.