Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora Sheree R. Thomas

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Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora by Sheree R. Thomas
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Dark matter: the nonluminous matter, not yet detected, that nonetheless has detectable gravitational effects on the universe.Dark matter: the Afro-American presence and influences unseen or unacknowledged by Euro-American culture.Dark Matter: theMoreDark matter: the nonluminous matter, not yet detected, that nonetheless has detectable gravitational effects on the universe.Dark matter: the Afro-American presence and influences unseen or unacknowledged by Euro-American culture.Dark Matter: the first anthology to illuminate the presence and influence of black writers in speculative fiction, with 25 stories, three novel excerpts, and five essays.

This anthologys critical and historical importance is indisputable. But thats not why it will prove to be the best anthology of 2000 in both the speculative and the literary fiction fields. Its because the stories are great: entertaining, imaginative, insightful, sharply characterized, and beautifully written. The earliest story in Dark Matter is acclaimed literary author Charles W.

Chesnutts The Goophered Grapevine (1887), in which an aging ex-slave tells a chilling tale of cursed land to a white Northerner buying a Southern plantation. In The Comet (1920), W.E.B. Du Bois portrays the rich white woman and the poor black man who may be the only survivors of an astronomical near-miss. In George S. Schuylers Black No More (1931), an excerpt from the satirical novel of the same name, an African American scientist invents a machine that can turn blacks white.

More recent reprints include science fiction master Samuel R. Delanys Nebula Award-winning Aye, and Gomorrah... (1967), which delineates the socio-sexual effects of asexual astronauts- Charles R. Saunderss heroic fantasy Gimmiles Songs (1984), in which a woman warrior encounters a singer with a frightening, compelling magic in ancient West Africa- MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Octavia E. Butlers powerful The Evening and the Morning and the Night (1987), in which the cure for cancer creates a terrifying new disease of compulsive self-mutilation- and Derrick Bells angry, riveting The Space Traders (1992), in which aliens offer to trade their advanced technology to the U.S.

in exchange for its black population. Other reprints include Ark of Bones (1974) by author-poet-folklorist Henry Dumas- Future Christmas (1982) by master satirist Ishmael Reed- Rhythm Travel (1996) by playwright-poet-critic Amiri Baraka (who has also written as LeRoi Jones and Imamu Amiri Baraka)- and The African Origins of UFOs (2000) by London-based West Indian author Anthony Joseph.Most of the stories in Dark Matter are original- these range even more widely in their concerns and themes.

In the generation ship of Linda Addisons Twice, at Once, Separated, a Yanomami Indian tribe preserves its culture in coexistence with technology, while visions tear a young woman from her own wedding. Bestselling novelist Steven Barnes examines degrees of privilege and deprivation when an African American woman artist is trapped in an African concentration camp in his unflinching contribution, The Woman in the Wall.

In John W. Campbell Award winner Nalo Hopkinsons sexy, scary Ganger (Ball Lightning), two lovers drifting apart try to reconnect through the separation of virtual sex. A mystic power awakens in the devastated future of Ama Pattersons gorgeous and tough Hussy Strutt. An artists infidelity changes two generations in Leone Rosss astute, magic-realist Tasting Songs. In Nisi Shawls sharp, witty mythic fantasy At the Huts of Ajala, the spirit of a modern woman must outwit a god before she is even born.

Others contributing new stories are Tananarive Due, Robert Fleming, Jewelle Gomez, Akua Lezli Hope, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, Kalamu ya Salaam, Kiini Ibura Salaam, Evie Shockley, and Darryl A. Smith. --Cynthia Ward



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