Charles Saunders Death – Dead : Charles Saunders Obituary : Creator of Imaro Passed Away.

By John Chekwas | September 4, 2020

Charles Saunders Death – Dead : Charles Saunders Obituary : Creator of Imaro Passed Away.

Charles Saunders has died, according to the following statements posted on social media on Sept. 3, 2020.

“Milton Davis on Twitter: “Charles Saunders, author of Imaro and Dossouye and creator of Sword and Soul, has passed away. He passed away sometime in May from natural causes. I know that we will remember him and the legacy he has left for us as one of the pioneers of Black Speculative Fiction. ”

Tributes 

Taaq Kirksey wrote

It is with great sorrow that I share the news that Charles R. Saunders, author and creator of Imaro, Dossouye, and so many other staples of Black speculative fiction has passed away.
Charles was a trailblazer who spent his literary life fighting the omission of Black people from mythic literature … the kind that forms the basis of our culture and media.

His signature character Imaro was born largely as an answer to Tarzan, a reclamation of Black majesty and magic after his childhood watching Black people reduced to props and villains in Western fiction set in Africa.

One of his seminal essays, “Why Blacks Don’t Read Science Fiction”, answered that question by examining just how hostile the sci-fi, fantasy, and sword-and-sorcery genres have been to Black writers and readers, more so in 1981 when the first Imaro novel was published.

But his lifelong struggle to rectify that is now reflected in the success of @tomi_adeyemi, @MarlonJames5, @Nnedi, and so many others. And he appreciated that they referenced his work and influence.

I am proud to say that a television adaptation of #Imaro is near the end of its joint development between two top production/financing companies. I can’t say much publicly but it’s an A-list team, the pilot is gorgeous, and I know Charles would be proud.

Charles and I worked together on this for 16 years. It kills me that he won’t see it realized, but we would be honored if you all would give it a chance amid so much brilliance coming from Black creatives right now. Thank you. Rest in power, Charles (1946-2020). #Imaro

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