An Earnest Blackness

Publication Information

Publication Date: August 2022
ISBN: 978-0-99-915358-1

$16.95 paperback

150 pages
5 x 8 inches

AOP Publicity: Stanley Ashenbach
Cover Design: D. Harlan Wilson


© 2022 Anti-Oedipus Press

An Earnest Blackness

In this debut collection of personal essays, Eugen Bacon offers critical perspectives on blackness, Afrofuturism, colonialism, historicity, and (mis)recognition as she explores the untapped possibilities of speculative fiction. Using a variety of analytic, narrative, and anecdotal techniques, Bacon shares her experiences as an African-Australian woman, mother, and writer who occupies a liminal space that is “betwixt” worlds and genres. She also considers work by “other” writers—ranging from Roland Barthes and Jorge Luis Borges to Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, and Sheree Renée Thomas—in an effort to chart a path towards greater social and cultural truth. Literary, adventurous, and insightful, An Earnest Blackness excavates the world(s) that not only construct contemporary authorship but the fluid nature of identity itself.

EUGEN BACON is an African-Australian computer scientist mentally re-engineered into a creative writer. She is the award-winning author of several novels and fiction collections as well as the guidebook Writing Speculative Fiction. Her novella Ivory’s Story was shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Association Award in 2020, and she has been nominated for and/or won the Foreword Indies Award, Bridport Prize, Copyright Agency Prize, Horror Writers Association Diversity Grant, Australian Shadows Award, Ditmar Award, and Nommo Award. Visit her website at and Twitter feed at @EugenBacon.