For your inspiration, we wanted to collect book covers from the genre of Black Speculative Fiction. Speculative Fiction is a text is a text that forces its consumer to imagine (or speculate) on possibilities that do not fit in with their understanding of the world. This genre has expanded as a space of imagination for artists and is a source of projects for concept artists, illustrators and 3D and 2D artists. Black Speculative Fiction is an umbrella term for speculative texts with an emphasis on the people and culture of the African Diaspora.
We are collecting cover art inspired by Black Speculative Fiction. We hope you find inspiration and also make recommendations on some of your favorite book covers from this genre. We also wanted to highlight a comprehensive definition of Black Speculative Fiction and its genres published by M. Haynes. Take a look, it is quite an extensive source of resources and information if you are inspired by this work.
“Black Speculative Fiction is an umbrella term for speculative texts with an emphasis on the people and culture of the African Diaspora. It is referred to as “Black” and not African, African-American, Haitian, etc. to show that the label includes ALL people of the Diaspora and places their culture, experiences and THEM at the forefront of these imaginative works. For a people who have been told constantly that they have no history or future, that they can never be super or a hero, and that their very existence is a nightmare, Black Speculative Fiction allows them to imagine themselves outside of what the world has told them they must be. Black Speculative Fiction challenges global anti-Blackness and forces readers, Black or otherwise, to accept the polylithic nature of Blackness.”Black Speculative Fiction M. Haynes
“One of the ways speculative fiction can work against racism and [colonization] is to re-imagine our past, altering the power dynamics that we are accustomed to in order to illuminate hidden histories and silenced voices.”P. Djeli Clark