The Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction (2021) Table of Contents

The table of contents has been revealed for The Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction (2021), the first ever Year’s Best African speculative fiction anthology, edited by Oghenchovwe Donald Ekpeki. There are 29 stories by 25 authors from Africa and the diaspora published in the year 2020. The book will be released September 28 and is available for pre-order.

Table of Contents:

“Where You Go” by Somto O. Ihezue
Originally Published in Omenana (Issue 16, December 2020)

“Things Boys Do” by Pemi Aguda.
Originally Published in Nightmare (Issue 89, February 2020)

“Giant Steps” by Russell Nichols Originally Published in Lightspeed Magazine (Issue 118, March 2020)

“The Future in Saltwater” by Tamara Jerée
Originally Published in Anathema Magazine (Issue 20, April 2020)

“The ThoughtBox” by Tlotlo Tsamaase
Originally Published in Clarkesworld (Issue 163, April 2020)

“The Parts That Make Us Monsters” by Sheree Renée Thomas
Originally Published in Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (Third Man Books: May 26, 2020)

“Scar Tissue” by Tobias S. Buckell
Originally Published in SLATE (Future Tense Fiction: May 30, 2020)

“Ancestries” by Sheree Renée Thomas
Originally Published in Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (Third Man Books: May 26, 2020)

“Breath of the Sahara” by Inegbenoise O. Osagie
Originally Published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies (Issue #305, June 4, 2020)

“The Many Lives of an Abiku” by Tobi Ogundiran
Originally Published in by Beneath Ceaseless Skies (Issue #309, July 30, 2020)

“A Love Song for Herkinal as composed by Ashkernas amid the ruins of New Haven” by Chinelo Onwualu. Originally Published in Uncanny Magazine Issue 35

“A Curse at Midnight” by Moustapha Mbacké Diop
Originally Published in Mythaxis (Issue 23, August 2020)

“A Mastery of German” by Marian Denise Moore
Originally Published in Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora edited by Zelda Knight and Oghenchovwe Donald Ekpeki (AURELIA LEO: August 17, 2020)

“Are We Ourselves?” by Michelle Mellon
Originally Published in Augur Magazine (Issue 3.2, Fall 2020)

“When the Last of the Birds and the Bees Have Gone On” by C.L. Clark
Originally Published in Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn’t Die edited by dave ring (Neon Hemlock Press: September 15, 2020)

“The Goatkeeper’s Harvest” by Tobi Ogundiran
Originally Published in The Dark (Issue 64, September 2020)

“Baba Klep” by Eugen Bacon
Originally Published in Hadithi & the State of Black Speculative Fiction edited by Eugen Bacon & Milton Davis (Luna Press Publishing: October 6, 2020)

“Desiccant” by Craig Laurance Gidney
Originally Published in Slay: Stories of the Vampire Noire edited by Nicole Givens Kurtz (Mocha Memoirs Press: October 13, 2020)

“Disassembly” by Makena Onjerika
Originally Published in Fireside Fiction (October 2020)

“The River of Night” by Tlotlo Tsamaase
Originally Published in The Dark (Issue 66, November 2020)

“Egoli” by T.L. Huchu
Originally Published in Africanfuturism: An Anthology edited by Wole Talabi (Brittle Paper: October 19, 2020)

“The Friendship Bench” by Yvette Lisa Ndlovu
Originally Published in BREATHE FIYAH: A Flash Fiction Collaboration Between FIYAH Magazine and Tor.com (October 19, 2020)

“Fort Kwame” by Derek Lubangakene
Originally Published in Africanfuturism: An Anthology edited by Wole Talabi (Brittle Paper: October 19, 2020)

“We Come as Gods” by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
Originally Published in BREATHE FIYAH: A Flash Fiction Collaboration Between FIYAH Magazine and Tor.com (October 19, 2020)

“And This is How to Stay Alive” by Shingai Njeri Kagunda
Originally Published in Fantasy Magazine (Issue 61, November 2020)

“The Front Line” by WC Dunlap
Originally Published in BREATHE FIYAH: A Flash Fiction Collaboration Between FIYAH Magazine and Tor.com (October 19, 2020)

“Penultimate” by ZZ Claybourne
Originally Published in Community of Magic Pens edited by E.D.E. Bell (Atthis Arts: May 4, 2020)

“Love Hangover” by Sheree Renée Thomas
Originally Published in Slay: Stories of the Vampire Noire edited by Nicole Givens Kurtz (Mocha Memoirs Press: October 13, 2020)

“Red_Bati” by Dilman Dila
Originally Published in Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora edited by Zelda Knight and Oghenchovwe Donald Ekpeki (AURELIA LEO: August 17, 2020)

The publisher’s post also lists titles of “Other notable short fiction of 2020 Short stories and novelettes we loved but didn’t get to publish.”

Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki is an African speculative fiction writer and editor from Nigeria. His short story “The Witching Hour” won the 2019 Nommo award for best short story by an African. He has received the 2020 Horror Writers Association diversity grant. For his writing and editing; the novella Ife-Iyoku, Tale of Imadeyunuagbon and the groundbreaking Dominion anthology where it appears, he’s been a finalist in the Nebula, Locus, BSFA, BFA, Sturgeon, Nommo and This is Horror awards. He is editor of the first ever Year’s Best African speculative fiction anthology, the Bridging Worlds non-fiction anthology forthcoming in 2021, and the Africa Risen anthology alongside Zelda Knight and Sheree Renee Thomas, forthcoming on Tordotcom in 2022.

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