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Top Ten Books for Readers New to Black Sci-fi

10. Zuro: A Tale of Alien Avengers by William SimmsZuroAvengers

Zuro: A Tale of Alien Avengers is my ALL TIME favorite book. It is the epitome of Black Science fiction. This book is the most empowering fictional story I’ve ever experienced. The only story I could compare it to is, The Spook Who Sat By The Door. When I tell people about this book I say it is like the movie Independence Day, only the aliens are black and have far more advanced technology.

Here is the official book description: In this story Black and White people are descendants of people who came to Earth long ago from two different planets, Zuro and Cyripiton. In the year 2000, the Zurons visit Earth and find that the majority of blacks are poverty-stricken and powerless, dominated by the descendants of the white Cyripitons. The Zurons, led by Captain Eumgwa, set about to correct this, seeking parity for the dark peoples of the Earth. They hope to accomplish this by negotiation and persuasion, but find that they must resort to force in response to massive white resistance.

These are not the only Black Sci-fi books that you should read, as the field is very large.  For this list though, I’ve chosen books that I’ve personally enjoyed.

As I mentioned before, I came to sci-fi through movies, and just being honest, I wasn’t even a big reader.  I like stories that are fast moving and concise with the details. I hope this list inspires you to read some of the books listed, or even all of them.


Jeff Carroll lives in South Florida, with his wife and son.  He is a writer, a filmmaker and owner of Hip Hop Comix N Flix.  He enjoys writing Sci/fi, Horror and fantasy stories with lots of action and a social edge.  He has written and produced 2 films, his second film was Gold Digger Killer won 3 film awards including BEST Picture at the International Hip Hop film festival.

His short stories have appeared in both, The Black Science Fiction Society’s anthology and their magazine as well as The City: A Cyberfunk Anthology, as collaborative anthology by the State of Black Science Fiction. Jeff also produces The Monster Panel a traveling sci-fi panel which features writers of color in a lively discussion of comic books, movies and Black people. Jeff Carroll is the author of the non-fiction book The Hip Hop Dating Guide.  When he is not writing sci-fi stories he enjoys speaking on Healthy Dating to college and high school students everywhere and goes by Yo Jeff.   Connect with him at his blog http://hhcnf.blogspot.com/ and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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