Today I’m going to take a slight break from horror to celebrate something else going on this month. The awesome people at Mocha Memoirs Press are having their own celebration. This month, they’re celebrating African American Sci Fi! I think this is so cool and important. So often titles with African American protagonists aren’t put in front of us as much as other titles, so I’m really excited to be able to bring you some really cool titles! So climb aboard your starships, get ready to beam into far off worlds and places that we can barely imagine right now, and let’s take a look at these awesome titles!
Our first title involves a captive commander and a group who is far from home. Not only is Earth a distant possibility, but not all of the prisoners share similar views or experiences. Add in a bloodthirsty warlord and a war these prisoners are forced to fight in and you have a recipe for high tensions and possible disaster. Yet all of this can’t squash the human spirit, or the desire for freedom…All of these and more are explored in Subject 82-42 by Ronald T. Jones
Annan, a war hardened Ashanti commander, is a captive onboard a slave ship. In the midst of a horrific journey, he leads a revolt that’s interrupted by a descending alien vessel. Annan and his fellow Africans find themselves confined on another ship, far from Earth, sharing a common captivity with the European sailors who formerly held sway over them. The ship is commanded by a ruthless warlord who uses the captive humans as unwilling soldiers in a savage war against the inhabitants of a distant world. Annan is as intolerant of servitude to nonhumans as he was to humans. Neither his captors’ unearthly origins nor their deadly high technology will prevent Annan from attempting to seize his freedom. But if his rebellion is to succeed he must first unlock a secret that may very well give him and the other humans a fighting chance.