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Here Fans Of The Lesbian Fans Blue Streak of the lesbian novel The Gilda Stories will be pleased to see a new Gilda story here Evie Shockleyffers insights into The Asketikon of St Basil the Great one reason human cloning holds a perhaps irresistible fascination for people who didn t get life right the first time There are stories by genre giants Samuel R Delany and Octavia E Butler which are gateways to great science fiction for people who picked up the book for the African angle There are also some great essays by black science fiction authors about the role race plays in their writingr in the science fiction communityMy verall impression however is f a confused and lazy anthology that would have benefited from a broader scope and introductory essays to help connect the stories to the stated theme f the collection dark mat er n a nonluminous form f matter which has not been directly Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time observed but whose existence has been deduced by its gravitational effectsThe above citation from NASA s Jet Propulsion Lab glossary is referenced in the Introductionf this captivating anthology to great effect Indeed the contributions Thoroughly Disarmed of black writers to the fieldf speculative fiction has ften been verlooked even dismissed whereas this collection is a testament to their presence their influence and to their historical contributions that all SF fans should be aware After the Ashes of regardlessf racial backgroundIn this amazing collection The Angry Planet of Black speculative fiction roughly half are stories by contemporary authors published 2001 the copyright datesn those stories are 2000 while the Melody's Key other half are an historical reviewf stories from as early as 1887 To me the title implied stories from earlier years b This anthology is a useful collection and contains some wonderful fiction However its subtitle A Century f Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora led me to expect a collection f texts that really does attempt to represent the last century Instead A Chance Acquaintance onlyne third f the book is constituted by stories that were published prior to the year 2000 ranging chronologically from 1887 to 1999 This places the emphasis f the book less n revealing how much black SF
has been written in the past and the traditions f black SF been written in the past and the traditions The Wallflower's Revenge of black SF black writers who venture into SF andn introducing new voices in black SF and encouraging contemporary black writers f SF That is a worthy goal I don t mean to imply that it s not It s just not what I expectedThe inclusion f the few short critical pieces at the end f the anthology is a nice touch Featuring essays by Samuel Delany Charles Saunders Walter Mosley Paul Miller DJ Spooky and Octavia Butler the book approaches the uestion f race in science fiction from a variety f perspectives Regarding the stories themselves there are many
are excellent I enjoyed and might like to teach at some point the followingSister Lilith by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers 2000 Puppy Nalo Hopkinson Rhythm Travel Amiri Baraka Buddy Bolden Kalamu ya SalaamAye and Gomorrah Samuel R Delany Ganger Ball Lightning Nalo HopkinsonThe Becoming Akua Lezli HopeThe Goophered Grapevine Charles W ChestnuttThe Evening and the Morning and the Night Octavia E Butler Twice at Once Separated Linda Addison Gimmile's Songs Charles R Saunders At the Huts f Ajala Nisi Shawl The Woman in the Wall Steven Barnes Ark f Bones Henry Dumas Butta's Backyard Barbecue Tony Medina Fut. .
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Excellent read by some f your favorite authors who you may not have known delve into science fiction Worth the time I love this book The short stories are all engaging I wn this and re read it from time to time As uneven as you d expect in an anthology this length but well worth reading Has an Octavia Butler story that blew my mind a little I m in love with Nalo Hopkinson now too Gonna read the seuel I ve read through the first hundred pages r so Introductory Algebra: Models Concepts Skills of this 400 volumef short stories from Sister Lilith to Rhythm Travel I don t think I m euipped to speak much to this anthology except to say I was moved and challenged by the stories in remarkable ways I look forward to revisiting it in the future I m awfully lated to this party Dark Matter was released in 2000 but better late than never rightSheree Thomas did a commendable job picking stories and authors for the collection One Marriage After God: Chasing Boldly After God’s Purpose for Your Life Together of my favorite gems was thepening chapter r two from a book written in the 30s about ne Blue Blood of the first patients for a new medical procedure to turn black people into white people Thenly really totally missed note for me was the story by Steven Barnes and I suspect that s because I just don t very
Much Like To Read like to read things that he likes to write Other than that I was reacuainted with some ld favorites and introduced to some phenomenal new to me writers I d recommend the book without any reservation 29 fictional stories and 5 essays I mostly enjoyed them There were a few I couldn t
Understand But That S Because but that s because were heavy n AAVE and i m white But I truly did enjoy most Parafilias (Spanish Edition) of the stories and loved severalf them I m glad I read it Why don t they make white robots is the uestion posed by the lyrical and tragic story The Pretended by Darryl A Smith It's Like This onef the best stories collected in Dark Matter It works The Mirage on all levels black themes black author using a future setting to say something related to the present etc I love this story Unfortunately not all thether stories are eually at home in the collection Some like Gimmile s Songs by Charles R Saunders are good science fiction f their type but use African themes merely as a kind f exotic setting Other stories are heavily into African identity projected into the future Rituels secrets des Templiers or the supernatural but they aren ttherwise the best representatives f their genre Some aren t stories at all they are excerpts from novels which intrigue but don t hold their wn as short fiction No less than three stories feature timespace travel by means A Mild Suicide of rhythm which makes me wonder about the difference between stereotype and clicheThe earliest story in the book 1887 is a surprise and delight I had no idea W E B Du Bois wrote what we d now call science fiction Despite the inclusionf his excellent story people who like me are interested in early speculative fiction will be disappointed Seventeen Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet of the collected stories are from 2000 which is not what I expected from a centuryf speculative fiction The scope Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face of the collec. This volume introduces black science fiction fantasy and speculative fiction writers to the generationsf readers who have not had the chance to explore the scope and diversity among African American writersFiction Sister Lilith Honoree Fanonne JeffersThe Comet WEB Du Bois Chicage 1927 Jewelle GomezBlack No More novel excerpt George S Schuyler separation anxiety Evie Shockley Tasting Songs Leone RossCan You Wear My Eyes Kalamu ya SalaamLike Daughter Tananarive Due Greedy Choke. Re telling Origen: Scholarship in the Service of the Church of the Creation story from the perspectivef Lilith Adam s first wifeThe Comet by W E B DuBois 1920 which addresses issues f ineuality and prejudice in the aftermath f a disaster that kills millionsan excerpt from Black No More by George S Schuyler 1931 a story about a scientist who invents a way to turn black people white and what happens as a result I plan to read the whole novel based n the excerpt included hereseparation anxiety by Evie Shockley 2000 set in a future America built n segregationseparation Porter Earns a Quarter (Four Basic Skills Series, Volume 2) of racial groups Can You Wear My Eyes by Kalamu ya Salaam 2000 Thisne is interesting to me because it speaks less directly to racial experience and to the experience Mayan, Incan, and Aztec Civilizations, Grades 5-8 of genderLike Daughter by Tananarive Due 2000 a story about abuse and second chances that made me cryThe Evening and the Morning and the Night by Octavia Butler 1987 I just always like ButlerThe Space Traders by Derrick Bell 1992 a story about politics and race relations in America centered around a first contact scenario in which an alien raceffers America wondrous technology and great riches in exchange for all African American citizens Sister LilithHonoree Fanonne Jeffers Didn t love the story but Tablettes Albertini Actes privés de l'époque vandale opening with something set in the timef Genesis Bible not band felt appropriate The cometWEB Du Bois Great writing Du Bois convincingly and succinctly conveys the feelings f the protagonist under a series f abrupt shocking changesBlack No MoreGeorge Schuyler Hard to assess as it is an early Sexual Soulmates: The Six Essentials for Connected Sex (English Edition) on excerpt from a novel and I don t know where it goes Certainly seems like a good historical document regarding racial and cultural issuesf the 1920s Like DaughterTannarive Due Sad creepy horrifying Poor everybody I keep meaning to read by this authorGreedy choke puppyNalo Hopkinson Life is tough Granny is tougher That sounds jokey though and although this story has humor it is not a frivolous story In fact it is unexpectedly hard hittingTasting songsLeone Ross Aside from the idea f hyperhydrosis so extreme that ne literally poured water constantly wouldn t you dehydrate this doesn t really seem
like spec fic a photographer talks about his affair with a model spec fic a photographer talks about his affair with a model the effect n his marriageseparation anxietyEvie Shockley African Americans are voluntarily segregated into cultural reservations where they protected from alternate cultural influences Most f them prefer this but young people find the increasingly intrusive demands Unbroken Circle: How to Take Your Family Through the End Time of anthropological record keepingffensiveAye and GomorrahSamuel R Delany Body as subject f and unit f exchange in capitalism sex psychology Ganger ball lightningNalo Hopkinson It s a story as ld as time buying your partner sex toys instead f talking about your feelings never works ut in the endAt the huts f AjalaNisi Shawl Interior journey as coming Tajweed Rules for Qur'anic Recitation: A Beginner's Guide (Tajweed Rules, of age via a sortf allegorical dream uest I don t know what this is called but I ve seen it done a number Selling to VITO the Very Important Top Officer: Get to the Top. Get to the Point. Get to the Sale. of timesften interestingly I did like the concept The Reformation (World History Series) of being two heade. Ure Christmas novel excerpt Ishmael ReedAt Life's Limits Kiini Ibura Salaam The African Originsf UFOs novel excerpt Anthony JosephThe Astral Visitor Delta Blues Robert Fleming The Space Traders Derrick Bell The Pretended Darryl A Smith Hussy Strutt Ama PattersonEssays Racism and Science Fiction Samuel R DelanyWhy Blacks Should Read and Write Science Fiction Charles R Saunders Black to the Future Walter MosleyYet Do I Wonder Paul D MillerThe Monophobic Response Octavia E Butler.