The Future of African Science Fiction


Welcome to Africa.

You are not where you think you are. You are not on a safari, or an expedition, or a mission. Your footprint is not the first here, nor will it be the last. Africa is a tour with no guide and no schedule, a ride with no stops, no brakes, and no particular destination – there isn’t even a plan – so don’t bother booking a return trip; just go with the flow. If you are still looking for African science fiction, I advise you to put away your camera and open your eyes.

Africa is science fiction.

Not the science fiction of your grandfather or the Foundation of your Asimov, no. Africa lends herself to the dystopian gloom of failed states, the iron rule of corruption, cartels snaking cold fingers into the upper echelons of government, and high tech gangs of disillusioned youth. Follow her streets into dark melancholy and taste her despair, the bitter and the sweet simmering together to form her unique flavor. Follow the trails of waste spilling out from her gutters, follow them down to the banks of her industrial empires, her charred forests, and damp mines. You will not find your Jedi warriors here, but you might run into some street thugs or hackers, scammers, drug dealers, con men and women, street children, ritual murderers, wandering evangelists preaching hope and doom. The only Force here is hard currency, and it’s dark on both sides. Embrace her reality.

Africa is cyberpunk.

What wonders only Africa has seen since she gave us our crawling legs, released us from her nurturing arms to roam the wide outer world, soar up into the sky, the galaxies, and conquer the universe. She has always waited for us to return with our stories of voyages far and wide to add to her rich legacy. Bring her your stories. She will listen. Stand in the city streets or in the market, on the buses and trains, in the towns and villages, and broadcast your story out loud into the networks; fuel the pulse of life surging through the dense grid of veins all around you. Africa is waiting for you, because you are the future of African science fiction.

Welcome to Africa.


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  1. Ronald T. Jones says:

    You should check out the website Black Science Fiction Society. I happen to be a member and you would be a great addition to its volume of talent and imagination.

  2. Hi I love the idea of afroyberpunk, I have started a cyberpunk blog trying to get a mmorg up and running but if You enjoy cyberpunk stories then checkout the On the wire page on my site, hope you like it

    • afrocyberpunk says:

      Thanks Only Human. I’ve checked out your site and it looks promising. I hope to try the game out when it’s up and running.

  3. akua says:

    omg!!!!! this is very interesting….. Ghana needs u.thanks for making Gh proud, will be waiting for the novel

  4. […] As far as my personal cyberpunk definition goes, this hits all the sweet spots. “High tech, low life” for certain. There are a few modern twists, such as the implantable “biocores” similar to technology in other science fiction books. There’s definitely a heavy cyber component, with a reference to “a virtual reality simulation”, with a slight echo of Inception‘s murky definition of reality. The ending reminded me of Ghost in the Shell, demonstrating the dangers of having technology that can affect one’s health and wellbeing. The pervasive wireless network reminded me of Vinge’s Rainbows End and the interesting elements that can bring up. But, the setting is unique; Africa isn’t usually a setting for science fiction stories, despite the fact that Jonathan makes a great argument that Africa is science fiction. […]

  5. dear spirits – thank you for this page – greets

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