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Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora Kindle Edition
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"Dominion is worth picking up not just for the wealth it contains, but because it's an important anthology, one that will help shape this decade of reading." - Cat Rambo, Nebula Award-winning Author and former President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)
"The Dominion Anthology contains an explosion of new voices and creativity from all across the diaspora. It's a feast of ideas that connects the old and the new, a song of new songs, and an exciting new collection of writers that I expect we'll see even greater things from in the near future." - Tobias S. Buckell, New York Times Bestselling, World Fantasy Award-winning, Hugo and Nebula Nominated Author
"Dominion is a massive achievement-the first new anthology with African editorship in some years. Established writers like Dilman Dila, Mame Bougouma Diene, Ekpeki Oghenechovwe, and Dare Segun Falowo join writers from Africa and the Diaspora. Each story is a coruscating world of its own." - Geoff Ryman, Award-winning and Critically-acclaimed Author of Air
"I love this anthology. New voices, new visions-science fiction would be much poorer without it." - Pat Cadigan, Hugo, Locus & Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Author of Synners and Vice President of the British Science Fiction Association
"The Dominion Anthology is an excellent addition to the imaginative writing of authors of African/African Diasporan descent. The stories provide an exciting and thought-provoking journey. It's a mind-expanding book where the authors weave cultural details from their respective origins that are fascinating and enlightening. Dominion belongs in every speculative fiction anthology collection." - Milton J. Davis, Black Fantastic Author and Owner of MVmedia, LLC
About the Author
EKPEKI OGHENECHOVWE DONALD (Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunuagbon) is a Nigerian writer and editor. He has been awarded an honourable mention in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, twice. His short story The Witching Hour, made the Tangent Online Recommended Reading List and won the Nommo award for Best Short Story by an African. He has been published in Selene Quarterly, Strange Horizons, Tor, and other venues, and has works forthcoming in several journals, magazines, and anthologies. He has guest edited and co-edited several publications, including Selene Quarterly, Invictus Quarterly, and the Dominion Anthology. He is a member of the African Speculative Fiction Society, Codex, the Horror Writers of America, the British Science Fiction Association, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. You can find him on Twitter at @penprince_NSA and on his website https: //www.ekpeki.com
JOSHUA OMENGA (Line Editor) is an editor and writer of literary fiction. He is a practicing attorney who divides his time between the legal and the literary professions. He can be contacted via the following media: Email: email@example.com; Blogs: www.joshuaomenga.wordpress.com; www.lexgius.wordpress.com; Facebook: /JoshuaOmenga; LinkedIn: /joshua-omenga. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B088SD5YJY
- Publisher : AURELIA LEO; 1st edition (August 17, 2020)
- Publication date : August 17, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 629 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 282 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #630,978 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This collection is nothing short of incredible! Every entry is thought-provoking, emotional, and many are so surreal I had to stop reading for a bit to wrap my head around what was happening. From a Halloween origin story to a young woman reclaiming herself and defying the status quo, not all stories were easy to read (see end for content/trigger warnings), but each one will certainly stay with me for a very long time.
My favorites were the surreal "Convergence in Chorus Architecture" (telling of three young people who survive a mass abduction by ethereal and sinister beings beyond time and space), "Emily" (a short poem-like snapshot of a moment frozen in time), "To Say Nothing of Lost Figurines" (a wholly charming story in which a time-space-traveling wizard has to team up with a low-level biracial civil servant who dreams of being and doing *more* to find his stolen wand), and "Thresher of Men" (where a goddess wreaks horrible, yet oftentimes well-deserved, vengeance on those who harm her stolen followers). The imagery and emotion in each of these is so utterly captivating and beautiful even in its horror I still find myself thinking about them. (I also really need Netflix or Shudder to get these on their radars and make them into full movies, especially "Convergence".)
As beautiful, horrific, and wonderful as this anthology is, there are some things to be aware of for those sensitive to disturbing content (not every entry contains these things and not all of them are graphic in nature): graphic violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, violence against women, familial abuse, child death, corpse desecration, body horror, loss of sanity, mentions of suicide, rape, disturbing imagery, violent abortion, racism and racial slurs, sexism in a patriarchal society.
"Trickin'" by Nicole Givens Kurtz provides an unsettling, post-apocalyptic vision involving a monstrous entity named only as Raoul who goes about wreaking bloody havoc on Halloween before sinking from the land again. The writing is solid, evocative even, but I felt as though I wanted a bit more of a wrap for the ending.
Any time I crack open a Dilman Dila story, I know I'm in for an unusual treat. "Red_Bati" introduces us to the artificial intelligence Akili, who deals with somewhat of an existential crisis. Dilman's writing is clever, and also a bit unsettling, and makes us examine non-human awareness and rewriting reality.
"A Maji Maji Chronicle" by Eugen Bacon is filled with beautiful imagery. As always, her style is lyrical and evocative, and gives us magical time travel with a twist as two visitors from the future cause mischief in Africa's past. It feels like a fairy tale, but has a darker undercurrent to counterbalance the whimsy.
"The Unclean" by Nuzo Onoh is a grim story of an arranged marriage and the cruelty people inflict on each other, spiced with a side order of serious body horror. You discover from the get-go that there's a heavy supernatural element, but it's the slow build to the unsettling finish that gives the quiet thrill. Powerful writing here.
As always with any anthology, there will be a story that didn't work for me in any shape or form. Unfortunately I didn't gel with "A Mastery of German" by Marian Denise Moore. The story took too long to get off the ground and I was disinvested quickly – perhaps mostly due to the story playing out in a sort of corporate/research environment.
"Convergence in Chorus Architecture" by Dare Segun Falowa may have quite a pedestrian start, but it melts into a vision of what can best be described as the lovechild of Salvador Dali and Zdzisław Beksiński. It's weird. It's wild. It's nightmarish. And I loved this story so very much.
While I didn't care much for her short story in this anthology Marian Denise Moore's poem "Emily" offers stark imagery filled with yearning. It's short but haunting.
"To Say Nothing of Lost Figurines" by Rafeeat Aliyu has more of a standard fantasy-adventure feel, which follows the doings of the magician Odun who is searching for a magical figurine that was stolen from him. Of course its retrieval does not go smoothly. This story has more of a feel of a prelude to longer-form fiction, but it's still enjoyable.
Oh my gosh, "Sleep Papa, Sleep" by Suyi Okungbowa Davies hit all the right notes for me. Max deals in illicit body parts, but he gets more than he bargained for when he sells bits and pieces harvested from kin. I really don't want to spoil this one for you – Suyi is a master of building tension.
"The Satellite Charmer" by Mame Bougouma Diene offers a vision of Africa pillaged by Asian mega-corporations equipped with terrifying technology. And it's about Ibrahima, who struggles to come to strike a balance between the old and the new, and the siren call of a destructive power beyond the reality he knows. This story is is a threnody of lost innocence, endings and transitions.
"Clanfall: Death of Kings" by Odida Nyabundi is another tale that feels more like an action-packed prologue than a fully rounded short story. That being said, I was left wanting more of this melding bio-mechanoid warriors and tribes duking it out for dominance.
"Thresher of Men" by Michael Boatman didn't work for me at all. I couldn't immerse and ended up skim-reading. The fault most likely lies with the reader, not the author, so you'd best make up your own mind on this one.
"Ife-Iyoku, The Tale of Imadeyunuagbon" by Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald tells of a people living in a world ravaged by a cataclysm. Society as we know it has crumbled, and these hardy survivors battle against a hostile environment poisoned by radiation and rife with mutations. The people themselves have beneficial mutations, and they survive by enforcing a rigid caste structure – for the benefit of the whole. But what happens when someone yearns for individuality? How does this put a precarious community into peril when there is a threat from without? At times violent and bloody, this action-packed tale of survival nonetheless offers some brutal twists in terms of challenging traditions.
All in all, Dominion offers a diverse selection of stories that showcases the depth and breadth of African speculative fiction. If you're tired of the same-old, same-old in speculative fiction, then step off the beaten track with this anthology. There's some strong stuff here.