African-American Science Fiction
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Is this the END of the Black World Or A New Beginning?
AFRICAN SCIENCE AND MAGIC . . .
“We need to resurrect a ruthless fanatic, famous for his brutal actions. Africa has thousands of ethnic groups with different languages, customs, and thus historical conflicts. The conflagrations in Europe were petty squabbles compared to the Great Wars of Africa that engulfed several continents and allowed millions of innocent people to be slaughtered, maimed or enslaved.” — From Resurrecting the King
SURVIVAL . . .
▪ How do you prepare for Future Shock — “the personal perception of too much change in too short a period of time" — predicted by author Alvin Toffler.
▪ Robots are taking a bigger role in our day-to-day to lives. Cars will drive themselves. Astronomers are sure there is life on other planets and maybe civilizations much more advanced than ours.
▪ We embrace the future or get buried by it.
▪ Africa provides all of the raw materials for modern technology yet receives few of the benefits . . . that will change, drastically.
AT REST . . .
“I rested, leaning on the column and wall behind me.
Heavy footsteps thundered in the palace. Foreign voices shouted. Hoarse. Fearful. Desperate.
I had bathed, attended to my grievous wounds, and fully rearmed, completely aware that the battle had not gone as we expected. By treachery and sorcery, we found ourselves outnumbered 1000 to one. My warrior brothers and sisters stood defiantly and only died after inflicting huge wounds to the northern demon beast and its fanatical minions. Blood ran in rivers. Rivers turned into oceans.
Enemy soldiers are racing up the palace staircase. Clanging, clumsy dull-witted servants of the beast. Only their numbers were superior to us. They were lost, tired, wounded, and driven only by the threat of slavery if they failed to obey their cold, white masters. Most of these soldiers would die soon, when they reached the top of the stairwell where I was guarding an empty royal chamber, enjoying perhaps my last mortal breaths. I loved the smooth, cold marble on my the bottom of my feet. I wished to see at least one more golden sunrise over the savanna. I wanted to enjoy a final hot, embrace with my wife; encourage my many sons and daughters to complete their studies.
The enemy saw me, hesitated, bunching up on the stairs and hastily shouted commands for more troops, perhaps archers with deadly poisoned arrows.
My musket was armed but I depended more on sharp, molded metal to teach these dogs a lesson that they would take to their graves and all the way back to the icy glaciers where they were spawned.
The shield I carried replaced the old battered one that I had to abandon in the throat of an invader; he was one of their esteemed, immortal, warrior gods. Strange, that he had bleated like a domestic goat when I slew him. I laughed as they surged forward."
AFRICA, THE ROOT OF ALL Sci-Fi? . . .
How will AFROFuturism — the use of technology for political, educational and social progress in Africa and its diaspora — affect the balance of power in the modern world?
How will we work, love and play? What will Africa become? How can we influence technology for our benefit?
SOLUTIONS . . .
Read the novels and short stories by AFROFuturists. Obtain an Afrofuturistic glimpse of what the world is about to become.
Science fiction and fantasy may frighten some people; yet it can inspire us to brave the steps into the future. The great minds of speculative fiction have pondered dire problems and offered innovative solutions. For centuries, sci-fi writers have been predicting things to come or exploring hidden fantasies in our world. Jules Verne, Ray Bradbury, Pauline Hopkins, George S. Schuyler, Langston Hughes and other writers from many nationalities have used their talents to create Sci-Fi and Fantasy with an African flavor.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stafford Levon Battle is an AFROFuturist. He is among many established and emerging writers penning thought-provoking tales about the past, present, and future of Africa and its people. He has written for newspapers, magazines, and national associations but his real love is fiction -- specifically, speculative fiction. In Battle's narratives, people who make the right choices prosper. His rallying call: "We are all African. Together, we can build a future where we all will thrive and grow."
BOOKS By Stafford Battle
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(Available Now) – A collection of short stories that take the reader into AFRO horror, sword & soul, and urban fantasy. Ride with a black sheriff who uses African magic to tame the Wild West. A Yankee reporter disturbs a Nubian demon in the deep south swamps of Virginia. A father and son lust for a beautiful priestess who is betrothed to a vengeful god. Space aliens seeking slaves disrupt an African wedding ceremony taking place on a Kenyan space station. On a distant planet, an African soldier deserts his post to free an alien captive. And, there are other stories with an Afrocentric approach.
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(Available Now in E-book) – In this collection, Nat Turner is still alive in the 21st Century but imprisoned by magic that only his offspring can destroy. An African warrior lusts for his sibling’s wife who is a European war prize. Along the African Sahel where the forest meets the desert, a grandmother and grandson are an awesome fighting team. However, the sensuous, older woman frequently loses her clothing in battles against the Demon in the Wall.
(Available Now in Print & E-book) – An Irish/African shaman is seduced by a beautiful jazz singer to use his knowledge of modern science and ancient magic to bring back to life an evil tyrant to unify Africa that is on the verge of another Great War of Africa. But the shaman fears he may not be able to control the demonic creature taht he snatches from the dead and unleashes upon the world.
For Book Reviewers: ARCs are available. Send email to "sbattle (at) sbattle.com" In subject line: Request ARC.