Mark Bould reviews A Killing in the Sun for Los Angeles Review of Books
I was so excited to hear about this review from Rachel Zadok. As she said, this is great for South African indie publishing and excellent for African SF.
Dilman is a great storyteller and as a publisher I’m happy that this work is getting the recognition it deserves.
Mark Bould has reviewed Dilman Dila’s A Killing in the Sun for the Los Angeles Review of books.
Dila, an award-winning Ugandan filmmaker, is also the author of what may well be the first single-author collection of African SF. The 10 stories in A Killing in the Sun are almost perfectly poised between the robustness of genre fiction and the more literary concern with ambiguity so frequently evident in Terra Incognita. Dila’s fiction returns repeatedly to the intersections of SF and fantasy, science and belief, superstition and traditional/indigenous knowledge, and to the intersectionality of identity.
Terra Incognita, edited by Nerine Dorman and published by Short Story Day Africa, was also reviewed.
Terra Incognita is not only the most accomplished of the African SF anthologies published so far but also undoubtedly the most literary, an intention signaled by Dorman’s decision to plump for “speculative fiction” as the “SF” of her subtitle.
Dilman also had a story in this collection “How My Father Became a God,” which Bould says “is one of the strongest stories in the collection.”
Follow Dilman’s work on his blog here.