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Africa Risen

By Sheree Renée Thomas and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki and Zelda Knight
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Publisher Description

Winner of the 2023 Locus Award for Best Anthology

A 2023 World Fantasy Award Nominee
A 2023 British Fantasy Award Nominee
A 2023 NAACP Image Award Nominee

A NPR Best of the Year pick

A Book Riot Best SFF of the Year pick

magnificent and wide-ranging anthology . . . A must-read for all genre fans."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

From award-winning editorial team Sheree Renée Thomas, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, and Zelda Knight comes an anthology of thirty-two original stories showcasing the breadth of fantasy and science fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora.

A group of cabinet ministers query a supercomputer containing the minds of the country’s ancestors. A child robot on a dying planet uncovers signs of fragile new life. A descendent of a rain goddess inherits her grandmother’s ability to change her appearance—and perhaps the world.

Created in the legacy of the seminal, award-winning anthology series Dark Matter, Africa Risen celebrates the vibrancy, diversity, and reach of African and Afro-Diasporic SFF and reaffirms that Africa is not rising—it’s already here.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

34 Reviews

Thinking Face“So many thought-provoking stories. Book definitely addresses many difficult topics, some stories should have content warnings.”
Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersOriginal writingTwistyDark settingThought-provoking
Thumbs Up“I liked to read all these different outside of my comfort. And though they weren’t all for me, it think the book was worthwhile, to read something completely different.”
Thinking Face“I was expecting something different from this anthology. For the most part, I found only a few stories memorable. I think the writing style for many of them just wasn’t for me.”
Didn't grab my attention
Thinking Face“This was a pretty good collection of stories. I didn’t like all of the stories, but I liked most of them. There were a few that either I didn’t have the frame of reference to really understand, and a couple where the writing threw me out of the story, but overall this was a pleasurable read.”
Colorful personalitiesDiverse charactersBeautifully writtenComplexCreative settingBad writing
Slightly Smiling Face“This was a great anthology of speculative fiction written by African writers. The stories included were so diverse, with science fiction, fantasy, mythology, magical realism, folk tales, and more. As with all anthologies, there were some amazing stories, and some that weren't as great, but I didn't really dislike any of the stories. There were a lot that I wish would be expanded into full length novels or novellas! My favorites were March Magic, Ghost Ship, and The Papermakers.”
Diverse charactersBeautifully writtenOriginal writingThought-provoking

About Sheree Renée Thomas

Sheree Renée Thomas is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, and editor. Her work is inspired by myth and folklore, natural science and the genius of the Mississippi Delta. She is a co-editor of Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative Fiction (Tordotcom) and Trouble the Waters: Tales of the Deep Blue (Third Man Books). Her fiction collection, Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future was a Finalist for the 2021 Ignyte, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards. She is the editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, associate editor of Obsidian, and also edited the two-time World Fantasy Award-winning groundbreaking anthologies, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora and Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (Grand Central). She lives in Memphis, Tennessee near a river and a pyramid.

Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki is an African speculative fiction writer and editor from Nigeria. He won the Nommo Award for best short story by an African in 2019, the 2020 Otherwise Award, and the HWA diversity grant. He has been a finalist for the Nebula, Locus, BSFA, BFA, Sturgeon, This Is Horror, and Nommo awards. He co-edited the Dominion anthology, is guest editor at Interstellar Flight Press, and editor of the first ever Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction anthology. His written works have appeared and are forthcoming in Tor.com, NBC, Strange Horizons, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, Galaxy’s Edge and more.

Zelda Knight sells books by day at Pride Book Café, and writes sci-fi and fantasy romance at night. She’s also the publisher and editor-in-chief of Aurelia Leo, an independent Nebula Award-nominated press based in Louisville, Kentucky. Zelda co-edited Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora (Aurelia Leo, 2020), which has received critical acclaim, and won the 2021 British Fantasy Award for the same anthology. Keep in touch on social media or visit her website!

Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki

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