“Screamers,” by Tochi Onyebuchi

“Screamers,” by Tochi Onyebuchi.omenana_cover

Short story. Published in Omenana, November 2016.

This story was suggested for discussion by Chinelo Onwualu, who writes:


This story is a powerful meditation on disconnection and disenfranchisement as a father and son struggle with finding a way to understand each other while working to police a community that’s not theirs. It is layered and complex and incredibly timely for these troubled times we live in.

I loved the story because it showed such a high level of craft, deftly weaving together a lot of delicate threads to create something profoundly moving. I think that any discussions on it shouldn’t overlook what it has to say about race, class and disenfranchisement in today’s America. What really does happen to a dream deferred?


Read the story, and join the discussion!


Chinelo Onwualu is editor and co-founder of Omenana, a magazine of African speculative fiction. She is the author of a number of short stories and lives in Abuja, Nigeria.

omenana: “The Company,” by Sanya Noel, and “Sweet Like Pawpaw,” by Rafeeat Aliyu

I want to check out Omenana, an online magazine for African SF – by Africans, about Africa, or both.

I thought I’d diverge from our routine and plump for *two* stories from their current issue – “The Company,” by Sanya Noel, and “Sweet Like Pawpaw,” by Rafeeat Aliyu.