Originally Posted by GOLLUM
In the mainstream that may well be true but fortunately there are some discerning publishers and editors who do provide some level of exposure of less well known African writers in English translation in addition to the better known 'literary' writers in the West like Naghuib Mahfouz, Chinua Achebe, Nardine Gordimer and J.M. Coetze. When I resurrect my World Lit thread it will be a good opportunity for us to explore this largely untapped reservoir even further. This will also inlcude African writers who specialize in SFF. Admittedly I don't have a vast supply of English translated SFF in particular but I do have a very good antholgoy entitled 'Dark Matter:A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora'. Admittedly it focuses on African American writers but still shines a light on many very good but poorly known writers of the past and present. I'm sadly not aware of a comprehensive anthology that offers translated works by SFF African writes living and working in Africa. Certainly I think it would interest SFF fans if one were to be published.
Yeah I meant mainstream publishers because I have read broader selection of African general fiction author thanks to small publishers in UK,US(I don't use literary writers for serious general fiction authors).
I know of Dark Matter because of Charles.R.Sauners. Even afro-American authors are important in this when they write quality SFF. Saunders S&S based on real African history and myths is important reading for me since SFF like that by African authors are very rare. The authors in the continent seem to think you have write political books to be taken seriously and be published outside.
Again that's because of the lack of African consistent publishing. The authors are sadly listening to Penguins demand for new Chinua Achebe than anything else....