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You’ve likely read speculative fiction pioneers like Mary Shelley, Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. But what about notable African-American contributors to the genre like Pauline Hopkins, Charles Chestnutt and Sutton E. Griggs?

Black authors were penning imagined futures, alternative histories and tales of the fantastical as early as 1859. I’ve gathered 8 noteworthy authors and works along with links to books (many of them free) that you may not have read.

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