News & Reviews

Find all the latest news and reviews of Sauúti-related work from across the web in one place.


PODCAST: Eugen Bacon explores the migrant experience by creating a universe

Eugen Bacon is an award-winning speculative fiction author who is spending three months in Hobart as the Hedberg Writer in Residence at the University of Tasmania.
She explains to Lucie Cutting how she explores the African-Australian migrant experience by creating her own universe called the Sauutiverse.
This interview was originally broadcast on Tasmania Sundays on 2 June, 2024

LISTS: HWA Bram Stoker Award Reading List

6 Sauúti stories, featured in the Mothersound Anthology were included in the 2024 HWA Bram Stoker Award Reading List.
Short Fiction:
Lost In The Echoes – Xan van Rooyen
The Grove’s Lament – Tobias S. Buckell
The Way Of Baa’gh – Cheryl S. Ntumy
Undulation – Stephen Embleton
Xhova – Adelehin Ijasan

Long Fiction:
A City, A Desert & All Their Dirges – Somto Ihezue & Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki

Speculative fiction author Eugen Bacon to be 2024 Hedberg Writer-in-Residence

Sauúti Collective member Eugen Bacon has been awarded the $30,000 residency, which consists of a three-month stint in Hobart writing, working with students and taking part in community conversations.
Eugen will use the time to progress work on a new novel, Crimson in Quietus (A Sauúti novel), a new kind of mystery where the investigator is not a detective but a sound magic scientist.

INTERVIEW: Into the Sauútiverse

The Sauútiverse is a fascinating collaborative writing project born from the creative space Syllble.
Arturo Serrano spoke with Ghanaian author Cheryl Ntumy, one of the founding members of the Sauútiverse, about the conception of this fictional world and the ideas behind it. In befitting Sauúti fashion, the answers came from the writing collective as a whole.

ARTICLE: The Call of Sauúti

What exactly is the Sauútiverse? Eugen Bacon—an African writer based in Australia, and an active member of the SFWA, HWA, SFPA, BSFA, and BFS—tells us more about the amazing Afrocentric storytelling collective that’s fast-emerging.

ARTICLE: Dominant Themes in Afro-Centric Fiction, Aurealis #158

The Sauútiverse integrates a robust diversity of traditional African spirituality and cultural practices across the continent that hosts over 50 countries, 2000 languages and nearly 1.4 billion peoples. There’s much to draw from Mother Africa socially, politically, linguistically and we haven’t even got to the food: cassava, millet, sorghum, maize, yams, papaya, coconuts, mangoes, let alone cultural practices embracing birth, rites of passage, marriage and death... Storytelling has increasingly morphed itself into a critical artistic canvas for writers in African and the diaspora to channel their longing and memory, connection and belonging.

ARTICLE: Sauútiverse: Speculative African Writers Reshaping World Building

Every other day, we see and hear of the progress being made by Africans and Africans in the diaspora; in various fields and sectors. One, however, manages to be deep yet relatively quiet, and that is the world of speculative fiction, which has experienced major shakes by Africans in the last few years and perhaps beyond. As the world over begins to recognize and identify with the richness of our stories, strengthened by a culture of folklore and tradition, it becomes clearer how important the place of the continent is on the larger scale.



Mothersound Anthology Reviews

Starred Review from Publishers Weekly

Given this vast scope, there’s plenty of room for J. Umeh’s joyous “Kalabashing,” chronicling an interplanetary battle of the bands, to sit next to T.L. Huchu’s horror story “The Hollowed People,” in which a planet’s fragmented reality leaves its inhabitants both dead and alive at once. Eugen Bacon’s poetic neurodivergent dragonslayer tale “Sina, the Child with No Echo” fits in every bit as well as Xan van Rooyen’s futuristic story of a magical Deaf DJ in “Lost in the Echoes.” Released with a story bible and under copyright arrangements that will soon allow any African writer to add their voice to the collective, this feels like the start of something monumental.

"“The Way of Baa’gh” by Cheryl S. Ntumy offers double-takes on culture from an elder’s point of view, and in this case, the elder is a crab-like extraterrestrial. “Undulation” by Stephen Embleton explores motherhood layer by layer while overturning other assumptions. “Lost in Echoes” by Xan Van Rooyen won me over with a protagonist I would happily follow for the length of a novel, even if he never left the dance club. That said, each of these gems shines brighter when read within the intricate storytelling framework of the full anthology."


"The approach to collaborative worldbuilding offered in this anthology is unique and caused me to think more deeply about each story. Suggestions about relative truth and how myths and perspectives vary within any people’s history, added an extra dimension to the recurring theme of following one’s own sense of what is right."


"Most of the stories in the anthology are infused with evocative imagery and gorgeous, immersive lyrical prose. The tales blend technology, magic, and spirituality in a way that will appeal to readers with an appetite for immersive and innovative storytelling."
"Mothersound is the birth of a new fandom, a new passion, a new experience made of spirit, collaboration, and absolute awesomeness, through one book of stories. An infant of infinite potential, if the sounds of its deep, healing cries are heard by a rattling world. ...Yes, these are stories, worthy in their own right, but they are so much more - they offer the promise of infinite stories to tell, and infinite ways to tell them."


"Mothersound is the birth of a new fandom, a new passion, a new experience made of spirit, collaboration, and absolute awesomeness, through one book of stories. An infant of infinite potential, if the sounds of its deep, healing cries are heard by a rattling world. ...Yes, these are stories, worthy in their own right, but they are so much more - they offer the promise of infinite stories to tell, and infinite ways to tell them."


“It’s this variety that makes it unique in the shared world anthologies I have read, and yet, there is a gossamer thread running through them all, the smallest of connections that while not creating a true story, make it feel a little like a world history told by a historian with indulgent favourites. As if a book on the history of humanity decided to devote a chapter to Mary Shelley or Archimedes. ”


Mothersound Anthology Book Blurbs

"Mothersound: The Sauútiverse Anthology​, is a rare and distinct Afrocentric treat that hums in the unity of a collective enriched with universal storytelling and the many languages of Mother Africa.”
Nuzo Onoh
Queen of African Horror, and recipient of the 2022 Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award
“The Sauútiverse is a mind-blowing, highly imaginative and deeply compelling sandbox. The wide range and excellent quality of these stories are a testament to that, offering yet another formidable trove of authors of African descent. In 𝙈𝙊𝙏𝙃𝙀𝙍𝙎𝙊𝙐𝙉𝘿, Talabi and company have offered us something seminal. This book will continue to influence the canon of Afrocentric futurisms for years to come.”
Suyi Davies Okungbowa
award-winning Nigerian author of David Mogo, Godhunter and The Nameless Republic trilogy
"Fantastika at its best. The Sauútiverse invites a reader to drown in a poetic world, built with a Tolkenian attention to gripping detail, and full of creatures who excite the imagination in a dream-like rollercoaster. The illustrations are works of art in themselves, adding spice to the stories, and I found myself wishing there were more paintings, more stories, and more pages to keep me up in the wee hours."
Dilman Dila
internationally acclaimed and award-winning social activist, filmmaker and author of Yat Madit stories
“The Sauútiverse is a powerful original collective concept, and this debut anthology clearly shows collaboration can create more than the sum of its parts while remaining firmly true to its African heritage and taking that boldly into the future.”
Ivor W. Hartmann
writer and editor of AfroSF