What follows is a partial timeline of activities, events, and publications related to afrofuturism.
1998: Alondra Nelson creates Afrofuturism listserv.
1998: Brown Girl in the Ring by science fiction writer Nalo Hopkinson published.
1998: The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead published on Dec. 29. Most bibliographies cite 1999 as pub date.
1998: Parable of the Talents by science writer Octavia Butler is published.
1998: Blue Light, a science fiction novel, by detective novelist Walter Mosley published.
1998: Aquemini by OutKast released.
1999: Octavia Butler receives Nebula Award for Best Novel for Parable of the Talents.
2000: Midnight Robber by N. Hopkinson published.
2000: Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora ed. by S. Thomas published.
2001: John Henry Days by Colson Whitehead published.
2001: BlackPlanet, an African American community web-site is launched, on September 1.
2002: Afrofuturism: A Special Issue of Social Text ed. by Alondra Nelson
2004: AfroGeeks (race and technology conference) organized by Anna Everett takes place May 7 - 8.
2004: Dark Matter: Reading the Bones ed. by Sheree R. Thomas published.
2004: Embodiment of Instrumentation by Scratch released.
2005: AfroGeeks conference by organized by Anna Everett takes place May 19 - 21.
2006: Octavia Butler dies on February 24.
2007: AfroGEEKS: Beyond the Digital Divide eds. Anna Everett and Amber Wallace published.
2008: Ta-Nehisi Coates begins blogging on The Atlantic site on August 4.
2009: Digital Diaspora: A Race for Cyberspace by Anna Everett published.
2010: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot published.
2011: Digital Griots: African American Rhetoric in a Multimedia Age by Adam J. Banks published.
2011: Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination by A. Nelson published.
2011: Zone One by Colson Whitehead published.
2012: "A Psychotronic Childhood Learning from B-movies" by Colson Whitehead appears in The New Yorker.
2012: Kuumba Digital Literacy Collective, facebook group to discuss technology, launched by Adam Banks Nov. 27.
2013: "Alien Bodies" conference, with Alondra Nelson as keynote speaker, is held at Emory Univ., Feb. 8 & 9.
• Digital Humanities at CLA 2013