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Infused with feminist, Afro-Caribbean views of the science fiction and fantasy genres, this collection of offbeat and highly original works takes aim at race and racism in literature. In Report from Planet Midnight,” at the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts, an alien addresses the crowd, evaluating Earth's "strange" customs, including the marginalization of works by nonwhite and female writers. Message in a Bottle” shows Greg, an American Indian artist, befriending a strange four-year-old who seems wise beyond her years. While preparing an exhibition, he discovers that the young girl is a traveler from the future sent to recover art from the distant pastwhich apparently includes his own work. Concluding the book with series editor Terry Bisson’s Outspoken Interview, Nalo Hopkinson shares laughs, loves, and top-secret Caribbean spells.read more
Engaging small collection of two short stories, one performance/speech and an interview with the author. Apparently Hopkinson is something of an activist author, working towards equality and fair representation for all those in the science fiction/fantasy genre, and there is an excellent introduction to her in the interview and the speech. Putting politics aside, though, Hopkinson is a fantastic author. Each story in this volume was a really enjoyable read--from the incredible last ditch plea of a time-bending traveller in "Message in a Bottle" to the clashing sibling gods and the mortal caught in their midst in "Shift". If you're looking for a sci-fi/fantasy author outside of the cookie-cutter planetery or high fantasy mold, then you should give her stuff a try. I'm very pleased I did, and will look forward to reading more of her stuff.read more
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