Afritopianism: How to Write the Literature of Africanity Past, Present, and Future with Minister Faust

Next class date is Saturday, February 25, 2023, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific time. (The video of this class is available to Patreon supporters for $40).

While some people call it Afrofuturism, Africanfuturism, or the Black Fantastic, Afritopianism is the science fiction, horror, and fantasy that glows with the glory of 5,000 years of African civilisations, cultures, and geniuses in their spread across the world.

An aspirational literature, Afritopianism embraces the past, present, and future. From ancient Kemet, Nubia, and Axum, to the Yorùbá Civilisation, Mali Empire, and Moorish Spain, to Haiti, Africamerica, and Brazil, African peoples of countless nations have created and continue to create a dazzling panoply of sciences, technologies, literatures religions, philosophies, musics, cuisines, fashions, martial arts, games, and more that shape the destiny of the human race.

Create the literature that will inspire young and older readers and viewers to escape the matrix diminishing Africanity to 500 years of misery. Help them unlock the beauty and brilliance that begins along the Nile and is even now probing secrets of the universe.

Minister Faust biography

According to The Routledge Companion to Literature and Science, “Since 1960s, Afrodiasporic authors including Samuel R. Delany, Octavia E. Butler, Nalo Hopkinson, and Minister Faust have become luminaries within the SF community.”

The critically-acclaimed author of The Alchemists of Kush and the Kindred Award-winning and Philip K. Dick runner-up Shrinking the Heroes,Minister Faust first won accolades for his debut The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad, shortlisted for the Locus Best First Novel and Philip K. Dick awards.

Minister Faust’s short stories have appeared in Cyber World, Edmonton on Location, Fiery Spirits, Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond, and elsewhere. iO9, Adventure Rocketship, Canada 150: Stories of Reconciliation Connecting Us All, Engineer Magazine, The Globe & Mail, Greg Tate’s Coon Bidness, and more have published his articles.

Minister Faust’s Afritopianism draws from myriad ancient African civilisations, explores present realities, and imagines a future in which people struggle not only for justice, but for the stars.

Classes are taught online and require reliable Internet connection, although in the past participants have logged on from coffee shops, cafes, and even an airplane; a webcam is suggested but not required. They are recorded for the benefit of class members only.

Cost is $99 ($79 for former students, which includes classes/workshops with me in other venues, such as conference or convention workshops and mentoring sessions). Patreon supporters receive a discount or free classes, depending on their support level.

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