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Book Title: Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora|
Edition: Grand Central Publishing
Date of issue: December 2nd 2014
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The author of the book: Sheree Thomas
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Read full description of the books Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora:Sister Lilith/Honoree Fanonne Jeffers -- Didn't love the story, but opening with something set in the time of Genesis (Bible, not band) felt appropriate.
The comet/W.E.B. Du Bois -- Great writing. Du Bois convincingly and succinctly conveys the feelings of the protagonist under a series of abrupt, shocking changes.
Black No More/George Schuyler -- Hard to assess, as it is an early-on 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 Certainly seems like a good historical document regarding racial and cultural issues of the 1920s.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 Daughter/Tannarive Due -- Sad, creepy, horrifying. Poor everybody. I keep meaning to read more by this author.
Greedy choke puppy/Nalo 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-hitting.
Tasting songs/Leone Ross --Aside from the idea of hyperhydrosis so 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 the effect on his marriage.
separation anxiety/Evie 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 offensive.
Aye, and Gomorrah.../Samuel R. Delany -- Body and subject of and unit of exchange in capitalism, sex, psychology.
Ganger (ball lightning)/Nalo Hopkinson -- It's a story as old as time: buying your partner sex toys instead of talking about your feelings never works out in the end.
At the huts of Ajala/Nisi Shawl -- Interior journey as coming of age, via a sort of allegorical dream-quest. I don't know what this is called, but I've seen it done a number of times, often more 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 tradition.
The woman in the wall/Steven 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 bones/Henry 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.
Read information about the authorSheree Thomas — also credited as Sheree R. Thomas and Sheree Renée Thomas — is an American writer, book editor and publisher.
Thomas 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 R. Saunders, Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, Jewelle Gomez, Ishmael Reed, Kalamu ya Salaam, Robert Fleming, Nalo Hopkinson, George S. Schuyler and W. E. B. Du Bois. Dark Matter was honored with the 2005 and the 2001 World Fantasy Award and named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
Thomas is the publisher of Wanganegresse Press, and has contributed to national publications including the Washington Post "Book World", Black Issues Book Review, QBR, and Hip Mama. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Ishmael Reed's Konch, Drumvoices Revue, Obsidian III, African Voices, storySouth, and other literary journals, and has received Honorable Mention in the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, 16th and 17th annual collections. A native of Memphis, she lives in New York City.
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