10 Black Science Fiction Authors Everyone Should Know

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Charles Chesnutt

In August 1887, the mixed-race author published “The Goophered Grapevine.” It became the first work by an African-American to be published by The Atlantic.  His first book “The Conjure Woman” was a collection of short stories dealing with the issues of an African-American man living in the antebellum South. Chesnutt’s work is one of the first collections to be considered Black speculative fiction/fantasy.

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 6.01.56 PMCharles R. Saunders

In 1974, Saunders began writing short stories for the science fiction fan magazine “Dark Fantasy.” His story “Imaro,” which was the first in the “Sword and Stones” trilogy, was then published as a part of the “Year’s Best Fantasy Stories” collection published by DAW Books in 1975.

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  1. There are also Nnedi Okorafor, Octavia Butler, Tannanrive Due,Steven Barnes and up and coming Susan Diane Mitchell ( she's created a unique genre of her own)!!