Being an African fan girl is a strange, liminal thing. You’re never quite sure that you exist, you see. A part of you is rooted in your culture and its expectations for how a woman ought to behave – church, family, school – but another is flying off into the stars carrying a samurai sword and a machete. Not one thing or another, you’re both at the same time.
It doesn’t help that you’re invisible. In all the representations of geek culture, in all the arguments for inclusion, it doesn’t seem like your voice can be heard. After all, shows like The Big Bang Theory which are supposed to be modern representations of geeks and their culture seem entirely populated by white people with plenty of free time and disposable income. If you don’t look like that, don’t have that kind of money or time, are you still a geek?
This is my way to open The 2016 Sci-Fi Experience a non-challenge by Carl. Omenana is not purely-sf magazine, but I still would like you to try out the African speculative fiction. There are several issues of the magazine already. Enjoy the read. 🙂
I read this essay again cause lately I, as a woman, left out as a reader of major Polish science fiction and fantasy magazine.