Blerd Bookstore Struggle: Science Fiction vs. African-American Literature

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7. Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History edited by Daniel Jose’ Older and Rose Fox (2014) features gripping stories that have been passed down through the generations, hidden between the lines of journal entries and love letters. 27 of today’s finest authors – including Tananarive Due, Sofia Samatar, Ken Liu, Victor LaValle, Nnedi Okorafor, and Sabrina Vourvoulias – reveal the people whose lives have been pushed to the margins of history.

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8. Dark Dreams I, II, and III edited by Brandon Massey showcases the best in horror and suspense by noted African-American writers Eric Jerome Dickey, Tananarive Due, L.A. Banks, Brandon Massey, Christopher Chambers, and many more.

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9. The Ancestors edited by Brandon Massey (2008) features authors L.A. Banks, Brandon Massey, and Tananarive Due exploring ancestral roots in horror novellas.

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10. Afro Scifi: Science Fiction by African Writers edited by Ivor Hartman is the first anthology of science fiction by African writers only that was open to submissions from across Africa and abroad. It is comprised of original (previously unpublished) works only, from stellar established and upcoming African writers Nnedi Okorafor, Sarah Lotz, Tendai Huchu, Cristy Zinn, Ashley Jacobs, Nick Wood, Tade Thompson, S.A. Partridge, Chinelo Onwualu, Uko Bendi Udo, Dave de Burgh, Biram Mboob, Sally-Ann Murray, Mandisi Nkomo and more.

Rasheedah Phillips is a Philadelphia public interest attorney, speculative fiction writer, the creator of The AfroFuturist Affair, and a founding member of She recently independently published her first speculative fiction collection, “Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales).”