In this debut collection of personal essays, Eugen Bacon offers critical perspectives on blackness, Afrofuturism, colonialism, historicity, and (mis)recognition as she explores the untapped possibilities of speculative fiction. Using a variety of analytic, narrative, and anecdotal techniques, Bacon shares her experiences as an African Australian woman, mother, and writer who occupies a liminal space that is “betwixt” worlds and genres. She also considers work by “other” writers—ranging from Roland Barthes and Jorge Luis Borges to Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, and Sheree Renée Thomas—in an effort to chart a path towards greater social and cultural truth. Literary, adventurous, and insightful, An Earnest Blackness excavates the world(s) that not only construct contemporary authorship but the fluid nature of identity itself.
EUGEN BACON is an African Australian author of several novels and fiction collections as well as Writing Speculative Fiction. Her books Ivory’s Story, Danged Black Thing, and Saving Shadows were all finalists for the British Science Fiction Association Awards, and she has been nominated for or won the Foreword Indies Award, Bridport Prize, Copyright Agency Prize, Horror Writers Association Diversity Grant, Otherwise Fellowship, Nommo Award, and others. Bacon’s creative work has appeared in Award Winning Australian Writing, Fantasy Magazine, Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction, and Fantasy & Science Fiction. Visit her website at eugenbacon.com and Twitter feed at @EugenBacon.