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A New Dawn

New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color

By Nisi Shawl  

15 Apr, 2019

Doing What the WFC Cannot Do


Nisi Shawl’s 2019 New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color is, unsurprisingly, an anthology of original speculative fiction by people of color. It takes its title from an Octavia E. Butler quotation: 

There’s nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns.” 

The anthology includes seventeen stories plus ancillary material. As a whole it is worth tracking down and reading, but the following are of particular note. 

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Exorcising Leopold’s Ghost


By Nisi Shawl  

22 Oct, 2016

Miscellaneous Reviews


Although Nisi Shawl has been publishing short-form spec fic and related non-fiction since 1989, 2016’s steampunk novel Everfair is her debut novel. 

Confronted with ultimatums from Leopold’s heavily armed Force Publique , King Mwenda’s least bad choice is to buy time with apparent concessions. He and his Queen Josina hope to use this respite to out-think the Europeans while searching for new weapons in the struggle against the invaders. 

Enter the idealist colonists of Everfair. 

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