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Terra Incognita: New Short Speculative Stories from Africa

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In Terra Incognita, Short Story Day Africa is proud to present nineteen stories of speculative fiction. Contained within the pages are stories that explore, among other things, the sexual magnetism of a tokoloshe, a deadly feud with a troop of baboons, a journey through colonial purgatory, along with ghosts, re-imagined folklore, and the fear of that which lies beneath bot ...more
Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published February 17th 2015 by Modjaji Books (first published January 1st 2015)
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Lukasz
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: anthology
As an active r/fantasy member, I participate in a yearly book bingo challenge. One of this year's squares - Afrofuturism made me realise I knew close to nothing about African speculative fiction.

Time to change it, and is there a better way than an anthology to hear a variety of voices? Not really. In Terra Incognita, Short Story Day Africa presents nineteen stories of speculative fiction. They feel more literary than pulpy. Each story explores a different theme, from sexual tension/magnetism, t
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Claudia Piña
Tantos nombres nuevos de gente talentosísima, con historias muy vívidas y que remontan a toda clase de escenarios poco convencionales con criaturas y folklore que no me son tan familiares pero que me parecieron fascinantes.

Creo que aunque hay estilos y temas variados, algo que aprecio de la mayoría de las historias de autoría africana que he leído es el sentido del humor. Es lo que en estos días se llama sassy y/o salty. Protagonistas con astucia y sin reparos en hacer saber su opinión, pero ta
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Tiah
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
- I am about to ploughed, she told herself. Ploughed and furrowed. -Diane Awerbuck, 'Leatherman'

- When I last saw the light. A cold morning, the sun just a hint on the horizon when we slipped down the ropes into the shafts? The last time I saw the sun? - Toby Bennett, 'Caverns Measure Less to Man'

- I love coffins. - Pwaangulongii Benrawangya, 'I am Sitting here Looking at a Graveyard'

- And this is why hope should never be allowed to breathe. - Tiah Beautement, 'Hands'

- Marion looked in the mirro
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Nerine Dorman
Mar 03, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
A wonderful selection of African speculative fiction that I had the pleasure of editing, and if you're looking for something that will subvert your expectations of what speculative fiction is, then this one may nibble at your imagination. ...more
Richard
#BookWalk | “the granite throat constricting” | Excerpts from Terra Incognita

To celebrate the launch of Short Story Day Africa’s latest anthology, I revisited the stories that I’d previously judged together with Samuel Kolawole (Writers’ Studio, Ibadan) and Jared Shurin (Jurassic London). Fortunately, I had already marked splendid passages in some of the stories, and it wasn’t difficult to lift striking excerpts from all the others. Hopefully, they’ll tempt you to order a copy of this superb an
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Anna
I found this book by chance at a used bookstore in Graskop, MP, South Africa last month and knew I couldn’t leave the store without it. I love speculative fiction and am trying to intentionally read more African literature this year. This collection was excellent, though if you don’t understand Xhosa or Afrikaans there will be a couple of stories that are lost on you.
Kaitlin
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-uk-library
Widely varied writing styles and stories - highly enjoyable, and each story a manageable length so that you could comfortably read one at a time if you were short on time.
Jetamors
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
... Was there some reason why most of the authors in this were white...?

Anyway, my favorite story from this one was "How My Father Became a God" by Dilman Dila.
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