Black Futures

Across an array of mediums, genres, and aesthetics, Black speculative art inspires radical re-imaginings of the past and revolutionary visions for the future.

Read, listen and watch and explore more with these recommendations from the Center for Science and the Imagination and our visiting scholars.

Fiction

Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Friday Black

Octavia Butler, Wild Seed 

Charles Chestnutt, The Goophered Grapevine

Phenderson Djèlí Clark, The Black God’s Drums

Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Water Dancer

Martin R. Delany, Blake; or The Huts of America

W. E. B. Du Bois, “The Comet”

Akwaeke Emezi, Freshwater

Alexis Pauline Gumbs, M Archive

Frances Harper, Iola Leroy

N.K. Jemisin, The Broken Earth Trilogy

Victor LaValle, The Ballad of Black Tom

Karen Lord, Redemption in Indigo

Gloria Naylor, Mama Day

Nnedi Okorafor, Who Fears Death

Suyi Davies Okungbowa, David Mogo, Godhunter

Deji Bryce Olukotun, After the Flare

Ishmael Reed, Mumbo Jumbo

Charles Saunders, Imaro

Rivers Solomon, An Unkindness of Ghosts

Sheree Renée Thomas, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora

Film & T.V.

Crumbs

Danger Word

Electric Dreams, episode “Kill All Others”

Get Out

Love, Death, and Robots, episode “Zima Blue”

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Pumzi

Robots of Brixton

Space Traders

Us

Music

Big K.R.I.T.

Childish Gambino

Flying Lotus

Mikael Seifu

Moor Mother

Sons of Kemet

Sudan Archives

Tyler the Creator

Troy L. Wiggins’ Afrofuturist Playlist

Scholarship

Reynaldo Anderson, Afrofuturism 2.0

Michael G. Bennett, Afrofuturism

Kodwo Eshun, Further Considerations on Afrofuturism

Adilifu Nama, Super Black https://utpress.utexas.edu/books/namsue

Nisi Shawl, A Crash Course on the History of Black Science Fiction

Ytasha L. Womack, Afrofuturism

Image: Stacey Robinson, “Building Afrotopia” Digital collage, 2015