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Dark matter : a century of speculative fiction from the African diaspora /

by Thomas, Sheree R.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Warner Books, c2000Description: xiv, 427 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0446525839 (hbk. : alk. paper) :.Title notes: c.1 $24.95 10-2000Subject(s): Science fiction, American | Fantasy fiction, American | American fiction -- Afro-American authors
Partial contents:
Fiction. Sister Lilith / Honoree Fanonne Jeffers -- The comet / W.E.B. Du Bois -- Chicage 1927 / Jewelle Gomez -- Black no more (excerpt) / George S. Schuyler -- Separation anxiety / Evie Shockley -- Tasting songs / Leone Ross -- Can you wear my eyes / Kalamu ya Salaam -- Like daughter / Tananarive Due -- Greedy choke puppy / Nalo Hopkinson -- Rhythm travel / Amiri Baraka -- Buddy Bolden / Kalamu ya Salaam -- Aye, and Gomorrah -- / Samuel R. Delany -- Ganger (ball lightning) / Nalo Hopkinson -- The becoming / Akua Lezli Hope -- The goophered grapevine / Charles W. Chesnutt -- The 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 -- Future Christmas (excerpt) / Ishmael Reed -- At life's limits / Kiini Ibura Salaam -- The African origin of UFOs (excerpt) / Anthony Joseph -- The astral visitor Delta blues / Robert Fleming -- The space traders / Derrick Bell -- The pretended / Darryl A. Smith -- Hussy Strutt / Ama Patterson ; Essays. Racism and science fiction / Samuel R. Delany -- Why Blacks should read (and write) science fiction / Charles R. Saunders -- Black to the future / Walter Mosley -- Yet do I wonder / Paul D. Miller -- The monophobic response / Octavia E. Butler.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This volume introduces black science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction writers to the generations of readers who have not had the chance to explore the scope and diversity among African-American writers.

Fiction. Sister Lilith / Honoree Fanonne Jeffers -- The comet / W.E.B. Du Bois -- Chicage 1927 / Jewelle Gomez -- Black no more (excerpt) / George S. Schuyler -- Separation anxiety / Evie Shockley -- Tasting songs / Leone Ross -- Can you wear my eyes / Kalamu ya Salaam -- Like daughter / Tananarive Due -- Greedy choke puppy / Nalo Hopkinson -- Rhythm travel / Amiri Baraka -- Buddy Bolden / Kalamu ya Salaam -- Aye, and Gomorrah -- / Samuel R. Delany -- Ganger (ball lightning) / Nalo Hopkinson -- The becoming / Akua Lezli Hope -- The goophered grapevine / Charles W. Chesnutt -- The 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 -- Future Christmas (excerpt) / Ishmael Reed -- At life's limits / Kiini Ibura Salaam -- The African origin of UFOs (excerpt) / Anthony Joseph -- The astral visitor Delta blues / Robert Fleming -- The space traders / Derrick Bell -- The pretended / Darryl A. Smith -- Hussy Strutt / Ama Patterson ; Essays. Racism and science fiction / Samuel R. Delany -- Why Blacks should read (and write) science fiction / Charles R. Saunders -- Black to the future / Walter Mosley -- Yet do I wonder / Paul D. Miller -- The monophobic response / Octavia E. Butler.

c.1 $24.95 10-2000

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction: Looking for the Invisible (p. ix)
  • Fiction
  • Sister Lilith (p. 1)
  • The Comet (p. 5)
  • Chicago 1927 (p. 19)
  • Black No More (excerpt from the novel) (p. 35)
  • Separation anxiety (p. 51)
  • Tasting Songs (p. 69)
  • Can You Wear My Eyes (p. 86)
  • Like Daughter (p. 91)
  • Greedy Choke Puppy (p. 103)
  • Rhythm Travel (p. 113)
  • Buddy Bolden (p. 116)
  • Aye, and Gomorrah ... (p. 124)
  • Ganger (Ball Lightning) (p. 134)
  • The Becoming (p. 152)
  • The Goophered Grapevine (p. 158)
  • The Evening and the Morning and the Night (p. 171)
  • Twice, at Once, Separated (p. 197)
  • Gimmile's Songs (p. 210)
  • At the Huts of Ajala (p. 226)
  • The Woman in the Wall (p. 235)
  • Ark of Bones (p. 260)
  • Butta's Backyard Barbecue (p. 273)
  • Future Christmas (excerpt from the novel The Terrible Twos) (p. 275)
  • At Life's Limits (p. 290)
  • The African Origins of UFOs (excerpt from the novel) (p. 312)
  • The Astral Visitor Delta Blues (p. 319)
  • The Space Traders (p. 326)
  • The Pretended (p. 356)
  • Hussy Strutt (p. 372)
  • Essays
  • Racism and Science Fiction (p. 383)
  • Why Blacks Should Read (and Write) Science Fiction (p. 398)
  • Black to the Future (p. 405)
  • Yet Do I Wonder (p. 408)
  • The Monophobic Response (p. 415)
  • Contributors (p. 417)
  • Copyrights and Permissions (p. 424)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 426)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

Ranging in variety from the lilting cadence of Nalo Hopkinson (Greedy Choke Puppy) to the understated bleakness of Derek Bell (The Space Traders), this collection of 28 tales by African American sf and fantasy authors showcases a wealth of talent that spans over 100 years. Including early stories by Charles W. Chestnutt (1887) and W.E.B. Du Bois (1920) as well as contributions from Olivia Butler, Samuel Delaney, Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, and other modern authors, this anthology contains a broad diversity of styles and subjects. A selection of essays provides thoughtful commentaries on the state of speculative fiction and the significant, and often overlooked, contributions made by African Americans to the genre. Highly recommended for most libraries! sf or short story collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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