Charles R. Saunders was born today, July 12 in 1946. Saunders is the author of the Imaro series, the Dossouye series, and various works of nonfiction. Saunders is the foremost practitioner of what is known as the Sword and Soul subgenre of Sword and Sorcery, in which the settings and characters are based on African history and mythology rather than European. I am ashamed to admit that I’ve not read either the Imaro or the Dossouye series, although I’m familiar with the basic premise of each. I’ve got the first two Imaro books on the shelf and plan to get to them by the end of the year.
Happy birthday, Mr. Saunders, and many happy returns.