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  1. Afrofuturists are black entertainers, musicians, filmmakers, authors, artists and intellectuals who aim to break down racial barriers by designing science-fiction futures where oppression is optional or nonexistent. Rooted in academia, the Afrofuturism movement began among groups of college students gathered on the lawns of historically black institutions, and then later in internet groups who drew parallels between will.i.am and Sun Ra, America’s black Diaspora and fictional stories of alien abductions, activism and Octavia Butler. Check out Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture (Lawrence Hill Books, October 2013) by Ytasha L. Womack. Womack crafts an inspiring and imaginative timeline of an emerging ideology in Afrofuturism that is a compelling guide for cultural anthropologists, academics and African American historians. Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond (Rosarium Publishing, Oct. 13, 2013) by Bill Campbell (Editor) , Edward Hall (Editor) Mothership sets a bold new course by showcasing work from some of the most talented writers inside and outside of speculative fiction. These authors in this anthology (including Junot Diaz, Lauren Beukes, Victor LaValle, N.K. Jemisin, S.P. Somtow, Tobias Buckell, and more) have earned such honors as the Pulitzer Prize, the American Book Award, the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Bram Stoker, among others. They have garnered numerous accolades and have sold millions of copies around the world. Many of their names are likely to be new to you; Mothership is your invitation to get acquainted with them and their incredible writing. (Rosarium Publishing, Oct. 13, 2013)
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