The Year's Best African Speculative Fiction by Shingai Njeri Kagunda, Tendai Huchu, Derek Lubangakene, Eugen Bacon, Inegbenoise O. Osagie, Tobias S. Buckell, Chinelo Onwualu, Tlotlo Tsamaase, Sheree Renée Thomas, Tamara Jerée, Dilman Dila, Makena Onjerika, Marian Denise Moore, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, Michelle Mellon, C.L. Clark, Moustapha Mbacke Diop, Tobi Ogundiran, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Somto O. Ihezue, WC Dunlap, Pemi Aguda, Yvette Lisa Ndlovu, ZZ Claybourne, Russell Nichols, Craig Laurance Gidney

358 pages first pub 2021 (editions)

fiction fantasy short stories adventurous challenging reflective medium-paced


“And This is How to Stay Alive” by Shingai Njeri Kagunda “The Front Line” by WC Dunlap “A Love Song for Herkinal as composed by Ashkernas amid the ruins of New Haven” by Chinelo Onwualu “When the Last of the Birds and the Bees Have Gone On” by C.L...

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adventurous 100%
dark 83%
mysterious 66%
reflective 66%
challenging 50%
hopeful 33%
tense 33%
emotional 16%
informative 16%
inspiring 16%
sad 16%


medium 83%
fast 16%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 50% | Character: 25% | Plot: 25%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 25% | N/A: 25% | No: 25% | Yes: 25%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 50% | N/A: 25% | Yes: 25%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 25%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

It's complicated: 100%

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