Libraries & Archives

February 11, 2019

Afrofuturism book display

Check out one of these great books

Need a book to read? Try one of the Afrofuturism books on display in the St. Paul library.

What is Afrofuturism? The term is usually credited to Mark Dery in his 1994 book Flame Wars: The Discourse of Cyberculture. In a chapter titled Black to the Future: Interviews with Samuel R. Delany, Greg Tate, and Tricia Rose, Dery analyzes the state of science fiction and questions why more African American authors aren't leading the field. He suggests that they actually are, but not all follow typical science fiction genre conventions, so perhaps we need a new term. He suggests Afrofuturism as "Speculative fiction that treats African-American themes and addresses African-American concerns in the context of 20th century technoculture."

The term has morphed and expanded over the years, and there are many different but related definitions you can find online if you do a simple search, so we've taken into account the different definitions and we've put together a display full of books. Check one of these books out today.

Any books in our collection that we've missed? Or do you have a book you want to suggest we purchase? Let us know -

Tags: books, displays