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In the Middle of the Night

Black Star Series

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nnedi Okorafor, Nisi Shawl, C. T. Rwizi, Nalo Hopkinson & Victor LaValle  

8 Jul, 2022

Doing the WFC's Homework


2021 Amazon’s Black Star series offers six short science fiction pieces by six different Black authors. To quote:

The sky is not the limit. From an alley in New York to an interstellar wormhole, the path to the future looks different for everyone. These cosmic short stories from some of today’s most influential Black authors reveal a universe of possibilities. 

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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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