In a freak streak of luck dating back to my radio appearance in September, I received an invitation from African Writing Magazine to submit an article as a guest blogger on their website. The article I wrote was originally titled ‘On the Future of African Science Fiction,’ but due to its similarity with the title of my first post on AfroCyberPunk, it has been changed to ‘Fast-Forward: The Future of Science Fiction in Africa.’ Here’s an excerpt of the article:
Think about the future, just for a moment. I want you to envision what life might be like on this planet in about fifty years from now. Even if you aren’t a fan of science fiction, you might conjure up images of grand societies with laser weapons and jet packs, of course. But in that same future, allow your mind to travel to Africa. What do you see? Can you imagine what life might be like for someone living on the streets of Nairobi, Brazzaville, or Johannesburg fifty years from now? You’ll probably find that it’s not very easy to imagine Africa in the distant future, simply because there isn’t enough African science and speculative fiction to fuel the imagination. The genre has never gained a major following among African readers for good reason; the widely optimistic view of technological progress underlying traditional science fiction simply doesn’t resonate with much of the experience on the continent.