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Dominion is the first anthology of speculative fiction and poetry by Africans and the African Diaspora. An old god rises up each fall to test his subjects. Once an old woman’s pet, a robot sent to mine an asteroid faces an existential crisis. A magician and his son time-travel to Ngoni country and try to change the course of history. A dead child returns to haunt his griev ...more
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Published August 17th 2020 by Aurelia Leo
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Richard Derus
The Publisher Says: Dominion is the first anthology of speculative fiction and poetry by Africans and the African Diaspora. An old god rises up each fall to test his subjects. Once an old woman’s pet, a robot sent to mine an asteroid faces an existential crisis. A magician and his son time-travel to Ngoni country and try to change the course of history. A dead child returns to haunt his grieving mother with terrifying consequences. Candace, an ambitious middle manager, is handed a project that w ...more
Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I do admit to the possibility of there being some bias to my rating, it being my first book and all. But there, can't help it, I think it's awesome. 😍 ...more
Silvana
A very, very strong anthology. Most of the authors are unknown to me and that's the beauty of anthology since many of them are now in my watch list!

I've watched one of the editors, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, in various con panels this year and the way he spoke about African SF, the diversity of it and the rich tradition behind it, had been very appealing to me. Of course when this book was mentioned lots of time during these cons, also in the context of Afrofuturism, I just knew I had to read i
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Cathy
Trickin by Nicole Givens Kurtz

An old god rises up each fall to test his subjects. A Halloween story with a supernatural twist. It was ok. ★★★☆☆

Red_Bati by Dilman Dila

Dilman Dila is a Ugandan writer and film maker. The story is about a robot facing an existential crisis. Is he a human inside of a pet robot? Does he have a spirit? What is his purpose?

This felt a bit like a physics lecture, with a side dish of techno-babble. However, if Murderbot ever wants to adopt a pet, this could be the ideal d
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Justin
Aug 17, 2020 added it
***I was granted an ARC of this via Netgalley from the publisher.***

When I saw this book being talked about on Twitter, I knew I had to have a chance to review it. Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Science Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora edited by Zelda Knight and Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald is an excellent anthology featuring great sci-fi stories that are diverse in their settings and themes. The stories can take place in small villages or in grand interdimensional spaces. They
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Jashana
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases, 2020
**I was provided an e-arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

As with any anthology, there were some stories that I really enjoyed and others that weren't exactly to my taste.

There were many stories that were folktale-esque, magical realism, etc. and that style of storytelling isn't something I'm incredibly familiar with (not since childhood anyway!) and it isn't always my favorite. But I think those stories were done well, so if that genre is your jam, you'll probably
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Nerine Dorman
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's always exciting to see short African speculative fiction gain traction in an anthology, and Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora edited by Zelda Knight and Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald most certainly delivers a range of tales. I will admit upfront that not all of the stories hit the mark with me, but I'll give a quick run-down.

"Trickin'" by Nicole Givens Kurtz provides an unsettling, post-apocalyptic vision involving a monstrous entity named only
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Arina
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
An outstanding anthology full of life and culture, blending Africanfuturism, Afrofuturism, Afrojujuism, and the brunt of speculative fiction.

Horror, sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal combine to create a collection of stories that approach compelling premises with unique worldbuilding and intriguing characters. Robots, betrayal, gods, unite in building stories that are epic, or have subtler SFF elements, or are bizarre and terrifying. Just as the title promises, you'll find the full scope of Africa an
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Runalong
Apr 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
A hugely impressive collection of stories ranging from fantasy, science fiction and horror tales exploring multiple aspects of the genres and giving me a host of nee authors to look out for - great read!

Full review - https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl...
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Dan
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This anthology presents works across a variety of speculative fiction genres. As with any anthology, some works will appeal more to certain readers than others, but Dominion has something for everyone and it has something that almost no other collection of spec-fic has: black people, both as characters and authors. Speculative fiction in the United States has overall failed black people in terms of representation. Mainstream spec-fic is dominated by white authors. Some well-meaning white authors ...more
Charles
Full review to come on the blog.

A great collection that covers a lot of ground in genre and tone. There is a feeling here in most of the works of deep wounds (no surprise to find many post-disaster/apocalypse stories) that the characters are struggling with, trying to recover from. The emphasis is on the ways that these wounds cannot be undone. The change has to be faced, confronted, and reckoned with before any sort of healing can start. And even then, the path forward can be hard, and lead to
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Milton
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege to read an advance copy. Dominion: An Anthology of Black Speculative Fiction is an excellent addition to the library of story collections that focus on the imaginative writing of authors of African/African Diaspora Descent. The stories range across the subgenres of speculative fiction as well as the world, providing an exciting and thought-provoking journey. It’s a mind-expanding book as well as the authors weave cultural details from their respective origins that are fascina ...more
Zelda Z. Knight
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The authors in this anthology are top-notch and I'm so proud I had the chance to work with them! ...more
Thistle & Verse
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Full review posted here: https://youtu.be/vaRkHiGtIyU ...more
Mike
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This anthology was interesting, topical, different from anything else I’ve read before, and really challenged me as a reader.

I’m always quick to snap up books based on cultures I’m unfamiliar with, so a collection of writings from African spec fic writers was super appealing to me. I was a little dubious of the “Africa and the African Diaspora” thing, though, for several reasons. One, Africa is about as far from monolithic as one can get, and lumping Ethiopia in with Senegal in with Nigeria in w
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Iseult Murphy
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Wonderful anthology of 12 stories and 1 poem written by African authors.
Like all anthologies, there were stories that appealed to me more than others, but I’m happy to say I found more hits than misses in Dominion.
I loved the mixture of science fiction, fantasy and horror stories in this anthology.
Standouts for me were The Unclean by Nuzo Onoh, the queen of African horror. This story of an abused bride has it all. Tension, terror, great characters, a slice of life and some folklore too. I lov
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A
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This excellent anthology covers a wide gamut of the genre universe. You can find robot stories, horror stories, fantasy, and science fantasy. If that’s not enough, then you are in luck, because you will discover a number of fantastic authors that ought to be household names. If you still demand more, every story holds many layers within it containing a great deal of social insight that needs to be absorbed by everyone within the SFF community. Every single story in here is a winner depending on ...more
Annarella
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think it is an excellent book and it was great to read story written by people with a different background.
I strongly appreciated the world building and the characters.
Not all the story were at the same level but I can say I liked the all.
It's strongly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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Tiah
May 30, 2020 added it
~Desperation was a terrible aroma.~

~I don't want to spend the rest of eternity talking to a metallic dog that thinks it's human.~

~Their first language had been song.~

~The second rule: never dig up the grave of your own relations. Never.~

~The universe is soul. It seems dead as a rotting corpse, but it's and illusion. The universe is everyone. The universe is love.~

~That a thing ends badly does not mean it was bad, or not the required or needed end.~
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Vanessa
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora brings together 13 stories from authors across the African continent and throughout the African diaspora. There’s a huge range of tones, settings, genres, and themes in this collection. There’s hard science fiction, fantasy adventure, and absolutely unsettling, truly creepy horror. Some of my favorites are the stories that cross and blur genre boundaries, mixing elements of science fiction, fantasy, and horror int ...more
Joshua Omenga
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A smorgasbord of dazzling tales! The stories in the Dominion Anthology range from folklore to hardcore science fiction - there's something for everyone.
Had to take a story at a time, didn't want to read them all at once. And oh, I had to read some over.
It's amazing an anthology can have such varied stories from different voices and yet all great in their own ways. Definitely an experience I'd like to relive.
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Stormy's Book Nest
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 he 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" (tellin
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Gautam Bhatia
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'd read this anthology earlier in the year. This is a very strong set of stories, that should find an important place in collections of contemporary African speculative fiction. For those acquainted with the genre, many of the names here will be familiar and trusted ones; for those new to it, this is an excellent introduction to some of the most dynamic and interesting speculative fiction that's presently on offer. ...more
Aline-Mwezi Niyonsenga
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
A moving anthology with many awe-inspiring works.
Jaq
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-nations
I enjoyed the diversity of voices and stories in this collection. I now own a copy for my own collection it was that enjoyable. I do want more though, so hope to see another collection come out soon.
A.C. Wise
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora edited by Zelda Knight & Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald brings together an incredible group of authors, spinning tales of near-future science fiction, post-apocalyptic worlds, distant and mythic pasts, and more, imagining what might be, and what never was. The anthology officially comes out in August, but I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek.

As the title states, the common thread binding these stories is Africa and
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Natrosette
Dominion is an anthology of twelve speculative short stories (and a poem) from Africa and the African Diaspora. With that being the singular factor uniting these works, they represent a wide range of genres, subjects, and settings. Robots, magicians, angry goddesses, zombies, greedy corporations, and more make appearances across small towns, spaceships, crumbling worlds, and interdimensional spaces.

Despite this great variance, there is one noticeable theme; a majority of these stories are post-a
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Annette Meserve
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Of all the anthologies out there, this one is a 'must-read'! From the beginning with 'Trickin' by Nicole Givens Kurtz all the way through to the end with Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald's 'Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunagon,' Dominion is a beautifully intimate, frequently raw, often disturbing look through the Afro-futurist lens. From this perspective, these thirteen authors utilize alien and futuristic worlds as metaphor to examine such issues as racial prejudice, environmental destruction, technol ...more
Moustapha Diop
« I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review. »

DOMINION is an anthology of speculative fiction written by Black authors all over the diaspora, and is the book I didn't know I needed.
One word to describe these stories? Rich. All of them are. The reading experience felt like if I sat near a fire in the wild, listening to griots telling stories and playing instruments at the same time. Even the science-fiction aspects —that I'm not usually a fan of— were
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Rowena Andrews
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an outstanding anthology of speculative fiction from voices that aren't heard often enough, and it was fascinating and enlightening to see how these very different stories were brought together by the author's backgrounds and experiences, and it made for a cohesive yet expansive offering of fantasy/sci-fi and a touch of horror. It is a buffet of incredible stories, and each one had it's own strengths. There were a couple that didn't work as well for me, largely as it felt as though they ...more
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“You’re not a human in a dog’s body,” Granny finally said, still watching the ice as it floated towards the ceiling.
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