Special Report

Best Black Science Fiction Writers in America

Walter Mosley b.1952
> Birthplace: Los Angeles
> Notable Work: Futureland (2001)

Though best-known for his mystery and crime novels, Walter Mosley also writes for the screen and frequently ventures into the realm of dystopian science fiction. His 2001 post-cyberpunk book “Futureland” explores how technology may drive the class and race divides through nine stories set in a universe where the Constitution no longer applies to individuals.

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Alaya Dawn Johnson b.1982
> Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
> Notable Work: The Summer Prince (2013)

Alaya Dawn Johnson has written multiple award-winning speculative fiction short stories, and her young adult and adult novels have won Nebula and Andre Norton Awards. Her first YA novel “The Summer Prince” is set in a post-apocalyptic, cyberpunk Brazil controlled by a matriarchal government that sacrifices a king every year.

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Nalo Hopkinson b.1960
> Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
> Notable Work: Brown Girl in the Ring (1998)

Jamaican-born Canadian author Nalo Hopkinson weaves Caribbean folklore into her fiction, some of it set in distant futures, and some in magical worlds resembling ours. Hopkinson has edited multiple sci-fi and fantasy anthologies, and in 2020 was named the 37th Damon Knight Grand Master, which is a lifetime achievement award for contributions to literature in the fields of science fiction and fantasy.

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Kai Ashante Wilson
> Birthplace: Toledo, OH
> Notable Work: Sorcerer of the Wildeeps (2015)

Kai Ashante Wilson is the author of critically acclaimed short fiction as well as two novellas – set in universes of magic, demigods, and necromancy – that also feature love between gay men of color. The unapologetic queerness of Wilson’s characters is something we can hope won’t stand out in the near future, as the genre widens to welcome underrepresented voices.

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P. Djèlí­ Clark b.1971
> Birthplace: Queens, NY
> Notable Work: Ring Shout (2020)

The short stories and novellas of writer and historian P. Djèlí Clark have won multiple Nebula and Locus awards. His 2020 alternate history novella “Ring Shout” follows three demon hunters who are out to destroy the demons summoned by the Ku Klux Klan in 1920s Georgia. It has been slated for development into a television series.

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