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Origins of Afrofuturism: Black Science Fiction

Early examples of Afrofuturism include science fiction by black authors. In 1902, for example, Pauline Hopkins wrote a novel about a hidden society in Ethopia with advanced technology.  Sociologist W.E.B. Dubois' story The Comet uses what is now a common motif in science fiction, the apocalyptic event in which civilization is destroyed, to tell a tell about race in the aftermath.  George Schuyler, a noted black writer, published several works of speculative fiction in the 1930s, which included characters based on real-life black scientist EE Just and the first female black pilot, Bessie Coleman.

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