7 Black Women Science Fiction Writers Everyone Should Know

Sci-fi and fantasy are two genres dominated by white, male voices. It can be extremely exhausting to see the same themes written by people with the same or similar perspectives. Here are seven prominent African-American women working in these two genres who have made a name for themselves by telling unique stories.

4442842661_c664401545_zN. K. Jemisin

Jemisin found acclaim after the release of her first novel The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. She has been short-listed for major awards in such a young career and was awarded the Locus Award for Best First Novel.



Nnedi Okorafor

Okorafor writes African-based science fiction stories and children’s books. Her novel Who Fears Death won the World Fantasy Award for best novel. Her works include Akata Witch, Zahrah the Windseeker, The Shadow Speaker and a children’s book Long Juju Man. She is a professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Buffalo.

4 Replies to “7 Black Women Science Fiction Writers Everyone Should Know”

  1. This is a great list. Thank you. I have read Octavia Butler's books and a book titled DEVIL'S WAKE, co-authored by Tananarive Due. Now I have more authors to follow!

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