Publisher: Catalyst Pr
Published: Sep 7 2021
Height: 0.90 Width: 5.90 Depth: 8.80
Imagine a season of the show Black Mirror where every mind-blowing episode was written/directed by an African creator. This anthology collects the best entries from “Short Story Day Africa” – a yearly competition. This collection’s theme is disruption, particularly climate-based. Thus, most of the stories are some form of speculative fiction or outright sci-fi as they imagine our world in near, far, and alternative futures. Reading these stories, which range from humorous to spiritual to devastatingly human, I was filled with the same sense of discovery and unease as watching a great twisty speculative show such as Black Mirror. The authors collected here run the gamut from professional writers to near amateurs, resulting in a fresh and fascinating collection. Great for readers of Ted Chiang, Nnedi Okorafor, and Ursula LeGuin.--Annie
This genre-spanning anthology explores the many ways that we grow, adapt, and survive in the face of our ever-changing global realities. These evocative, often prescient, stories showcase new and emerging writers from across Africa to investigate many of the pressing issues of our time: climate change, pandemics, social upheaval, surveillance, and more.
In Disruption, authors from across Africa use their stories to explore the concept of change--environmental, political, and physical--and the power or impotence of the human race to innovate our way through it. From a post-apocalyptic African village in Innocent Ilo's Before We Die Unwritten, to space colonization in Alithnayn Abdulkareem's Static, to a mother's attempt to save her infant from a dust storm in Mbozi Haimbe's Shelter, Disruption illuminates change around and within, and our infallible capacity for hope amidst disaster.Facing our shared anxieties head on, these authors scrutinize assumptions and invent worlds that combine the fantastical with the probable, the colonial with the dystopian, and the intrepid with the powerless, in stories recognizing our collective future and our disparate present. Disruption is the newest anthology from Short Story Day Africa, a non-profit organization established to develop and share the diversity of Africa's voices through publishing and writing workshops.