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Nalo Hopkinson now too Gonna read the seuel Sister LilithHonoree Fanonne Jeffers Didn t love the story but opening with something set in the time of Genesis Bible not band felt appropriate The cometWEB Du Bois Great writing Du Bois convincingly and succinctly conveys the feelings of the protagonist under a series of abrupt shocking changesBlack No MoreGeorge Schuyler Hard to assess as it is an arly on Dinosaur Dinners excerpt from a novel and I don t know where it goes Certainly seems like a good historical document regarding racial and cultural issues of the 1920s Like DaughterTannarive Due Sad creepy horrifying Poorverybody I keep meaning to read by this authorGreedy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 of hyperhydrosis so In His Blood extreme that one 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 and theffect on his marriageseparation anxietyEvie Shockley African Americans are voluntarily segregated into cultural reservations where they protected from alternate cultural influences Most of them prefer this but young people find the increasingly intrusive demands of anthropological record keeping offensiveAye and GomorrahSamuel R Delany Body as subject of and unit of Desert Kings (Deathlands, exchange in capitalism sex psychology Ganger ball lightningNalo Hopkinson It s a story as old as time buying your partner sex toys instead of talking about your feelings never works out in thendAt the huts of AjalaNisi Shawl Interior journey as coming of age via a sort of allegorical dream uest I don t know what this is called but I ve seen it done a number of times often interestingly I did like the concept of being two headed I don t know if Shawl invented that or if it is a part of the voodoo traditionThe woman in the wallSteven Barnes An American artist abroad is wrongfully imprisoned in a camp for contagious refugees Her husband is shot and she is left responsible for his daughter with whom she has a rocky relationship The camp with its starvation and filth was viscerally horrible I m not sure where the speculative aspect came in Ark of bonesHenry Dumas Wow That was really different and impressive It s like Twain took some hallucinogens and decided to write something mythopoetic Depressingly it appears that all of Dumas stories and poems were published by a friend after his premature accidental death by transit cop Why don t they make white robots is the uestion posed by the lyrical and tragic story The Pretended by Darryl A Smith one of the best stories collected in Dark Matter It works on all levels black themes black author using a future setting to say something related to the present An Officer and a Spy etc I love this story Unfortunately not all the other stories areually at home in the collection Some like Gimmile s Songs by Charles R Saunders are good science fiction of their type but use African themes merely as a kind of Exposed (Annika Bengtzon, exotic setting Other stories are heavily into African identity projected into the future or the supernatural but they aren t otherwise the best representatives of their genre Some aren t stories at all they arexcerpts from novels which intrigue but don t hold their own as short fiction No less than three stories feature timespace travel by means of rhythm which makes me wonder about the difference between stereotype and clicheThe Ooko 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 inclusion of hisxcellent story people who like me are interested in Naked early speculative fiction will be disappointed Seventeen of the collected stories are from 2000 which is not what Ixpected from a century of speculative fiction The scope of the collection is further limited by having some contemporary authors contribute than one story Still there are some gems here Fans of the lesbian vampire novel The Gilda Stories will be pleased to see a new Gilda story here Evie Shockley offers insights into 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 Shadow Scale (Seraphina, essays by black science fiction authors about the role race plays in their writing or in the science fiction communityMy overall impression however is of a confused and lazy anthology that would have benefited from a broader scope and introductoryssays to help connect the stories to the stated theme of the collection I ve read through the first hundred pages or so of this 400 volume of short stories from Sister Lilith to Rhythm Travel I don t think I m Claim The Crown euipped to speak much to this anthologyxcept to say I was moved and challenged by the stories in remarkable ways I look forward to revisiting it in the future Nerds excellent read by some of your favorite authors who you may not have known delve into science fiction Worth the time. Ure Christmas novelxcerpt Ishmael ReedAt Life's Limits Kiini Ibura Salaam The African Origins of UFOs novel xcerpt 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.
Almost horror than previous ntries and has a worthy poignant Bark ending The Creole diction and cadence peppered throughout creates a hypnotic rhythm that flavors the storyRhythm Travel 1996 by Amiri Baraka 5 stars Fun free floating little interlude with amazing wordplay Ellisonic Dis Report on Appearance and some interesting ideas Some of the references definitely went over my headBuddy Bolden 1996 by Kalamu ya Salaam 5 stars Wow so beautiful I cried And the writing was so sumptuous I could taste the words Slight dependency on the female form as a stand in for sexualcstacy but the high minded ideas here than make up for itAye and Gomorrah 1968 by Samuel R Delany 3 stars An interesting worldidea but the overall impression I got from this tale was of intolerance which was not appealing and not representative of why I read sci fi At one point he lumps homosexuality in with sexual fetishes so I don t know if it dates the book or is a reflection of the author s sensibilitiesGanger Ball Lightining 2000 by Nalo Hopkinson 5 stars Wow creepy sensual what the fck Seems like Hopkinson may be an author to avoid late at night But I m definitely a fanThe Becoming 2000 by Akua Lezli Hope 4 stars Very short and On Such a Full Sea efficient great world building considering the brevity Ispecially loved the realistic slang Had to take a point off because I did not understand Jason s role in the story the mystery strayed too far into confusion by the Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! end But the punchline is greatspecially if you ve never read the concept before A later short story by a different author developed this idea further but it s a spoiler for this story so read at your own risk view spoilerPaolo Bacigalupi s The Fluted Girl currently available free here hide spoiler 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 of my favorite gems was the opening chapter or two from a book written in the 30s about one of the first patients for a new medical procedure to turn black people into white people The only 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 the things that he likes to write Other than that I was reacuainted with some old favorites and introduced to some phenomenal new to me writers I d r I love this book The short stories are all Cannibal engaging I own this and re read it from time to time This anthology is a useful collection and contains some wonderful fiction However its subtitle A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora led me toxpect a collection of texts that really does attempt to represent the last century Instead only one third of the book is constituted by stories that were published prior to the year 2000 ranging chronologically from 1887 to 1999 This places the Mastered (The Enforcers, emphasis of the book less on revealing how much black SF has been written in the past and the traditions of black SF or black writers who venture into SF and on introducing new voices in black SF andncouraging contemporary black writers of SF That is a worthy goal I don t mean to imply that it s not It s just not what I Man, Son of Man expectedThe inclusion of the few short critical pieces at thend of the anthology is a nice touch Featuring ssays by Samuel Delany Charles Saunders Walter Mosley Paul Miller DJ Spooky and Octavia Butler the book approaches the uestion of race in science fiction from a variety of perspectives Regarding the stories themselves there are many that are xcellent I particularly njoyed and might like to teach at some point the followingSister Lilith by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers 2000 a re telling of the Creation story from the perspective of Lilith Adam s first wifeThe Comet by W E B DuBois 1920 which addresses issues of ineuality and prejudice in the aftermath of a disaster that kills millionsan xcerpt 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 on the Uncommon Wisdom excerpt included hereseparation anxiety by Evie Shockley 2000 set in a future America built on segregationseparation of racial groups Can You Wear My Eyes by Kalamu ya Salaam 2000 This one is interesting to me because it speaks less directly to racialxperience and to the Unseen City experience 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 race offers America wondrous technology and great riches inxchange for all African American citizens 29 fictional stories and 5 Art essays I mostlynjoyed them There were a few I couldn t understand but that s because they were heavy on AAVE and i m white But I truly did God Is in the Crowd enjoy most of the stories and loved several of them I m glad I read it As uneven as you dxpect 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. 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 of Ajala Nisi Shawl The Woman in the Wall Steven Barnes Ark of Bones Henry Dumas Butta's Backyard Barbecue Tony Medina Fut.
Dark mat Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard er n a nonluminous form of matter which has not been directly observed but whosexistence has been deduced by its gravitational The Matriarchs (The Family effectsThe above citation from NASA s Jet Propulsion Lab glossary is referenced in the Introduction of this captivating anthology to greatffect Indeed the contributions of black writers to the field of speculative fiction has often been overlooked Notes for the Everlost 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 of regardless of racial backgroundIn this amazing collection of Black speculative fiction roughly half are stories by contemporary authors published 2001 the copyright dates on those stories are 2000 while the other half are an historical review of stories from asarly as 1887 To me the title implied stories from When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) earlier years but the modernntries are all so strong and diverse it seems the No Biggy! editor just couldn t say no after receiving all the submissionsThe collection is perfect for someone like me who a is naive about and would like to know about the rich history of authors from the African diaspora in science fiction and fantasy and b wants an A list of authors to try who are currently active in the fieldI ve given this collection 5 stars not becausevery story was 5 stars they weren t but because it is such an amazingly strong collection and because it has such historical and cultural relevance It has the occasional lull and what moments but overall I would say this is one of the most consistently interesting and meaningful collections of stories I have Crush It! ever readI ve listed all of the titles and authors in case you want to follow up on any of them and it was anasy way to post uick reviews of Attracting Birds to Your Backyard each story The main body of the book contains 29 fictional short storiesnovelxcerpts and five non fiction Deep Listening essays are included at thend of the book There is a second collection Dark Matter Reading the Bones published 4 years after this one though it is a modern anthology and only has five historical storiesEntries in the order they appear in the bookFictionSister Lilith 2000 by Honor Bird-by-Bird Gardening e Fanonne Jeffers 5 stars Great retelling of the AdamEve creation story with a lot of poignant commentary on race and malefemale relationshipsThe Comet 1920 by WEB Du Bois 4 stars This should totally be 5 stars not only is this a story of historical significance who knew WEB DuBois wrote science fiction but the scenario offersxcruciating insight into race relations and what it means to be human Unfortunately I thought the last 5 sentences of the story changed the tone and implications of the previous succession of The Works of Saint Augustine events and insights in a way that diluted the message Others may not feel this way short storyndings are a very subjective Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone experience but it spoiled the overallffect for me It is still highly recommended reading probably worth buying the book just for the historical significance of this oneChicago 1927 2000 by Jewelle L Gomez 4 stars I loved the storyline and atmosphere of this one clever interplay of history and mythology I stumbled a bit on the writing style and I thought the last minute My Teacher Is a Robot exposition at thend could have been handled better but otherwise a wonderful Supper Club experience I plan to read The Gilda Stories a whole collection of stories about this characterExcerpt from Black No More 1931 by George S Schuyler 5 stars Whimsicaldgy Moanas New Friend (Disney Moana) exposition on the potentialities of becoming white told from a kind of man on the street perspective Reminds me of Eddie Murphy s skit on the subject 5 stars for thexcerpt because it hits on so many poignant aspects so uickly and Professional Capital efficiently with anngaging conversational prose The final line is so haunting as a short story Seven Dwarfs Find a House (Disney Classic) endpoint it makes me wonder if some of thatffect will be lost in the book Still I m interested to see what other aspects the book Berlioz, Vol. 2 explores and I m amazed I d never heard of it before nowseparation anxiety 2000 by Evie Shockley 3 stars Good writing and characterization but the world building was not uite believable separate butual doesn t seem like something that people of color would be fighting for given historical precedent And I didn t really like the way her brother handled thingsTasting Songs 2000 by Leone Ross 4 stars I m not a big fan of stories about infidelity but this one has The Middle Sin (Cleo North enough surprises andmotional reflection to make up for it The speculative nature is not as pronounced as other stories it seemed like ordinary literary fiction for at least the first half but it seems to meet the definition in an unusual wayCan You Wear My Eyes 2000 by Kalamu ya Salaam 4 stars Spooky and short it loses a little steam by trying to cover so many issues but it is a haunting idea about getting some perspectiveLike Daughter 2000 by Tananarive Due 4 stars A spooky philosophical tale rich in character development A little confusing because it is presented in a mysterious keep you guessing format but the ramifications of the situation reverberate long after the story concludes This one like Tasting Songs doesn t really get to the speculative The Mediterranean Millionaires Mistress element until near thendGreedy Choke Puppy 2000 by Nalo Hopkinson 5 stars Haunting from the get go this one is much darker. This volume introduces black science fiction fantasy and speculative fiction writers to the generations of readers who have not had the chance to Midnight Fantasies explore the scope and diversity among African American writersFiction Sister Lilith Honoree Fanonne JeffersThe Comet WEB Du Bois Chicage 1927 Jewelle GomezBlack No More novelxcerpt George S Schuyler separation anxiety Evie Shockley Tasting Songs Leone RossCan You Wear My Eyes Kalamu ya SalaamLike Daughter Tananarive Due Greedy Choke.
Sheree Thomas — also credited as Sheree R Thomas and Sheree Renée Thomas — is an American writer book editor and publisherThomas is the editor of the Dark Matter anthology 2000 in which are collected works by some of the best African American writers in the genres of science fiction horror and fantasy Among the many notable authors included are Samuel R Delany Octavia E Butler Charles