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Vector is open to submissions on a rolling basis. Articles are typically 2,000 to 4,000 words, although we also invite queries about all lengths of articles. Contact vector.submissions@gmail.com.

Vector especially welcomes contributions that can appeal both to scholars of science fiction and to non-academic fans. Contributors are advised to familiarise themselves with the style and tone of the journal prior to submitting. We seek lively, engaging, accessible articles, underpinned by rigorous and careful research. Contributors will receive a copy of the journal. Vector also regularly publishes interviews, and welcomes queries in this respect.

We also do themed issues; forthcoming themes are likely to include: ‘SF and Economics,’ ‘African and Afrodiasporic SF,’ and ‘Speculative Art.’ Our Spring issues usually include a “Best Of” roundup of the previous year. (For an example, you can read Paul-March Russell’s review of High-Rise, from our 2016 round-up).

All submissions will also be considered for the website.

We don’t publish fiction.

Call for Submissions: African SF

We welcome articles on African SF, broadly construed. Please write to vector.submissions@gmail.com with proposals and queries. The final deadline for submission of completed articles will be March 1, 2019.

How do writers from the African continent and its global diaspora portray the future of science and technology?

Technology is transforming environments and people all over the world. How do African writers imagine its impacts on the continent and beyond? In our next themed edition, Vector will be exploring African speculative fiction, broadly construed and in all media. We especially want to listen to what African writers are saying about the implications of AI, automation, synthetic biology, surveillance capitalism, space exploration, nanotechnology, and the ongoing shifts of global economics and geopolitics.

Who are the artists and filmmakers who are shaping the conversation about science and technology from within Africa or its global diaspora? How does contemporary African writing participate in, challenge, and otherwise intersect with contemporary posthumanist and transhumanist discourse? Terms like ‘science’ and ‘technology’ are inclusive of a variety of knowledge systems and tools; for example, we would consider linguistic and cultural practices as technologies in the context of having the power to transform society in the near future.

Submissions can discuss works in any African language (including French, Portuguese, Arabic and English), and we would particularly welcome articles which discuss Afrophone language literatures.

We are inviting short articles (2,000 – 4,000 words). The editors will be happy to discuss abstracts or proposals in advance of the deadline below.

Submit to vector.submissions@gmail.com

Deadline for final articles: March 1, 2019

We seek lively, engaging, accessible articles, underpinned by rigorous and careful research, that can appeal to both scholars and to non-academic fans. As well as articles, we would also be interested in hearing ideas for unusual and/or innovative forms of contribution, and other informal thoughts and queries. Contributors will receive a copy of the journal.

Here are just a few suggestions for primary sources:

Fiction:

AfroSF volume 1-3 various

Kojo Laing, Major Gentl and Achimota Wars

Tade Thompson, Rosewater

Dilman Dila, A Killing in the Sun

Lagos_2060, ed. Ayodele Arigbabu

Imagine Africa 500 ed. Billy Kahora and Shadreck Chikoti

Deji Olukotun, Nigerians in Space

Nnedi Okorafor, ‘Mother of Invention

Nick Wood, Azanian Bridges

Online Magazines:

Omenana

Saraba

Artists:

Dennis Osadebe

Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga

Emo de Medeiros

Alun Be

Films:

Pumzi (2010)

Crumbs (2015)

Her Broken Shadow (2017)

Hello, Rain (2018)

Further resources on African speculative fiction can be found on African Speculative Society’s website:

http://www.africansfs.com/resources/published

As well as interviews with 100 of African SFF writers:

http://www.africansfs.com/resources/100africanwriters


Vector is the critical journal of the BSFA. It is edited by Polina Levontin and Jo Lindsay Walton. For this special issue, our guest editor is Michelle Louise Clarke (SOAS). Please direct submissions to vector.submissions@gmail.com.