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Explore The Sauútiverse
Coming in November 2023 from Android Press, editor Wole Talabi, and the writers and artists of
The Sauúti Collective:
The Sauutiverse Anthology
The Sauútiverse is the first in an exciting new Shared World series that is guaranteed to both entertain readers and introduce them to a new world of science fiction and fantasy by talented African writers. Featuring stories that are set in Sauúti – an Africa-inspired science-fantasy secondary world created by Africans, for the world, Sauúti is like Black Panther meets Wild Cards with all the rich spacefaring worldbuilding of Dune.
The Sauútiverse Shared World contains short stories and novellas set in this fictional civilization based on a blend of African cultural worldviews. The name Sauúti is taken from the word “Sauti” which means “voice” in Swahili. Sauúti, a five-planet system orbiting a binary star, is rooted deeply in a variety of African mythology, language, and culture.
Sauúti weaves in an intricate magic system based on the sounds of oral traditions and music, and includes science-fiction elements of artificial intelligence and space flight, including both humanoid and non-humanoid creatures.
Sauúti is filled with wonder, mystery, and magic.
Our Mother was all.
She, the only reality in a boundless sea of
Our Mother was all there was.
written by Stephen Embleton & Wole Talabi
Art by Akintoba Kalejaye
"The Theme and Focus of the Sauútiverse is an exploration of the naure of sound as power. Focus is given to sounds, music, language and speaking and it is linked to their shared biologies and cultures and histories. All stories emphasise how important the sound and the spoken word is, mirroring many traditional African cultural practices."
There exists in the Sauútiverse parallel planes of existence where other spirit beings and structures (such as the spirit moon of Wimb-ó) exist, and where alternate realities take place. These parallel universes can be interacted with from Sauúti through the right sound manipulation. These alternate planes are superimposed on top of Sauuti and occupy the space where dark matter and energy exist.
~paraphrased from The Sauúti World Building Story Bible