The month of October is proclaimed Black Speculative Fiction Month. A time to celebrate great works of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror written by and about Black people. Speculative Fiction is an umbrella term for Science Fiction, Historical Fiction Fantasy and Horror.
Black Speculative Fiction has risen in popularity due to events such as Comic Con,These types of conventions have been around for decades but have recently reached unprecedented heights. There is now a shared interest with Hollywood which attracts film fanatics as well as comic book fanatics. Because of the diverse group attending these events, Comic-Cons have exploded in popularity and have the potential to have an even larger explosion.. Even television has gotten into the act as Comic-Con is mentioned in the several episodes of the CBS television show The Big Bang Theory.
There are several outstanding authors writing Speculative fiction. Nalo Hopkinson has written several books including her novels ( Brown Girl In the Ring, The Salt Roads. Hopkinson a Jamaican science fiction and fantasy writer and editor. draws on Caribbean history and language, and its traditions of oral and written storytelling. Hopkinson is one of the founding members of the Carl Brandon Society and has been a speaker at science fiction conventions.
Tananarive Due wrote her first novel, The Between in 1995. Since then she’s gone on to author a number of novels that span multiple genres including the African Immortals Series. Another female author N. K. Jeminisin has been awarded a number of awards for her science fiction/fantasy short stories and novels and was awarded the Locus Award for Best First Novel for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Black people do read speculative fiction and these authors reinforce that fact with the overwhelming response they have received. It is also important for Blacks to experience heroes who appear similar to themselves.