Review of Zelda Knight and Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald, ed., Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction From Africa and the African Diaspora, (Aurelia Leo, 2020) — Purchase here. Reviewed by Sara L. Uckelman.
When I received an invitation to review this anthology, my response was the email equivalent of grabby hands: Oh my, yes, please!!! This is exactly the sort of fiction I want to be reading, and exactly the sort of fiction I want to see more of being published and promoted — stories that introduce me to new worlds, stories that fill gaps in my knowledge of history, stories that bring me into the unknown. So buckle in, and join me on a tour of these thirteen wonderful, wonderful stories, ranging from poetry/flash fic all the way to nearly novella-length. They cover the entire spectrum of speculative fiction, some fantastic, some scientific, some lingering on the borders of horro. As usual, we will review them individually, and link the reviews back here when they are published.
- “Trickin'” by Nicole Givens Kurtz
- “Red_Bati” by Dilman Dila
- “A Maji Maji Chronicle” by Eugen Bacon
- “The Unclean” by Nuzo Onoh
- “A Mastery of German” by Marian Denise Moore
- “Convergence in Chorus Architecture” by Dare Segun Falowo
- “Emily” by Marian Denise Moore
- “To Say Nothing of Lost Figurines” by Rafeeat Aliyu
- “Sleep Papa, Sleep” by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
- “The Satellite Charmer” by Mame Bougouma Diene
- “Clanfall: Death of Kings” by Odida Nyabundi
- “Thresher of Men” by Michael Boatman
- “Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunuagbon” by Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald
The ARC I read unfortunately had a number of typos in it (as well as no pagination, so we have left page references out of the individual reviews); I hope they are all fixed before the final publication, as they would otherwise mar what is an excellent collection.