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Black Sci-Fi Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (edition 2021)

by Tia Ross (Co-editor)

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"With topics ranging from slavery to space travel, the impressive breadth of this anthology makes for a well-rounded survey. Readers, writers, and scholars alike will find great value here." -- Publishers Weekly Starred Review A deluxe edition of new writing and neglected perspectives. Dystopia, apocalypse, gene-splicing, cloning and colonization are explored here by new authors and combined with proto-sci-fi and speculative writing of an older tradition (by W.E.B. Du Bois, Martin R. Delany, Sutton E. Griggs, Pauline Hopkins and Edward Johnson) whose first-hand experience of slavery and denial created their living dystopia. With a foreword by Alex Award-winning novelist Temi Oh, an introduction by Dr. Sandra M. Grayson, author of Visions of the Third Millennium: Black Science Fiction Novelists Write the Future(2003), and invaluable promotion and editorial support from Tia Rossand the Black Writers Collectiveand more, this latest offering in the Flame Tree Gothic fantasy series focuses on an area of science fiction which has not received the attention it deserves. Many of the themes in Sci-fi reveal the world as it is to others, show us how to improve it, and give voice to the many different expressions of a future for humankind. The Flame Tree Gothic Fantasy, Classic Stories and Epic Talescollections bring together the entire range of myth, folklore and modern short fiction. Highlighting the roots of suspense, supernatural, science fiction and mystery stories, the books in Flame Tree Collections series are beautifully presented, perfect as a gift and offer a lifetime of reading pleasure. Table of Contents: An Empty, Hollow Interviewby James Beamon The Cometby W.E.B. Du Bois Élan Vitalby K. Tempest Bradford The Orbby Tara Campbell Blake, or The Huts of Americaby Martin R. Delany The Floating City of Pengimbangby Michelle F. Goddard The New Colossusesby Harambee K. Grey-Sun Imperium in Imperioby Sutton E. Griggs Seven Thievesby Emmalia Harrington Of One Blood: Or, The Hidden Selfby Pauline Hopkins Space Traitorsby Walidah Imarisha The Line of Demarcationby Patty Nicole Johnson Light Ahead for the Negroby Edward Johnson e-raceby Russell Nichols Giant Stepsby Russell Nichols Almost Too Good to Be Trueby Temi Oh You May Run Onby Megan Pindling Suffering Inside, But Still I Soarby Sylvie Soul The Pox Partyby Lyle Stiles The Regression Testby Wole Talabi… (more)
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Authors:Tia Ross (Co-editor)
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There are some really good stories in here, but this is not a book of short stories, as the title suggests. Four of the older tales are novel, or at least novella length, and as a result take up well over half of the book. The remainder are actual short stories, and nicely varied, although some I would have categorised as fantasy, or under the more broad definition of speculative fiction.
I do enjoy anthologies that showcase stories from different eras, but the long, older stories in this just don't fit. I'm not denying their importance in Black speculative fiction, but they're too long. They're also harder to read than the contemporary pieces, and at least some take a long time to get to any sci-fi or speculative content.
Overall, fans of sci-fi and/or speculative fiction will find satisfying content within this book. There are some wonderfully original pieces. But, I feel a little cheated. It's just a tiny taste of what's out there. An anthology with this number of pages should have so many more short stories. Those stories are out there. To use four pieces way too long to be considered 'short' has denied a lot of stories a place in what should be an important doorway into Black sci-fi short fiction. ( )
  AngelaJMaher | Jun 25, 2021 |
Showcasing the work of Black authors, this impressive collection of speculative fiction has original publication dates from 1859 to 2021. The modern fiction is, without exception, good with far too many excellent stories to list off. The classic fiction, however, is a bit more challenging. The pieces published closest to the American Civil War have the tendency towards didacticism that was prominent in the era, which can be wearing. However, their historical significance is not to be underestimated, and they offer a fascinating insight into some of the perspectives of the time. The stand-out star of those pieces is W. E. B. Du Bois' "The Comet" which is timeless in the way of classics, though most sadly so.

I would strongly recommend reading Dr. Sandra Grayson's insightful Introduction as an Afterword. I consider her essay to be well worth your time; however, it does contain spoilers.

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An Empty, Hollow InterviewJames Beamon 4.5 stars

The Comet W.E.B. Du Bois 5 stars

Élan Vital K. Tempest Bradford 5 stars

The Orb Tara Campbell 4.5 stars

Blake, or The Huts of America Martin R. Delany 1 star

The Floating City of Pengimbang Michelle F. Goddard 3 stars

The New Colossuses Harambee K. Grey-Sun 4 stars

Imperium in Imperio Sutton E. Griggs 4 stars

Seven Thieves Emmalia Harrington 3 stars

Of One Blood: Or, The Hidden Self Pauline Hopkins 2 stars

Space Traitors Walidah Imarisha 3 stars

The Line of Demarcation Patty Nicole Johnson 5 stars

Light Ahead for the Negro Edward Johnson 2 stars

e-race Russell Nichols 3 stars

Giant Steps Russell Nichols 4 stars

Almost Too Good to Be True Temi Oh 4 stars

You May Run On Megan Pindling 4 stars

Suffering Inside, But Still I Soar Sylvie Soul 4 stars

The Pox Party Lyle Stiles 3.5 stars

The Regression Test Wole Talabi 5 stars

I received a complimentary advanced copy via Netgalley. I thank all involved for this opportunity. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Mar 16, 2021 |
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Bradford, K. TempestContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, TaraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Delany, Martin R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Du Bois, W. E. B.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goddard, Michelle F.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grey-Sun, Harambee K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Harrington, EmmaliaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hopkins, PaulineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Imarisha, WalidahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, Patty NicoleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
M. Grayson, Dr. SandraIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nichols, RussellContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oh, TemiForewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Pindling, MeganContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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"With topics ranging from slavery to space travel, the impressive breadth of this anthology makes for a well-rounded survey. Readers, writers, and scholars alike will find great value here." -- Publishers Weekly Starred Review A deluxe edition of new writing and neglected perspectives. Dystopia, apocalypse, gene-splicing, cloning and colonization are explored here by new authors and combined with proto-sci-fi and speculative writing of an older tradition (by W.E.B. Du Bois, Martin R. Delany, Sutton E. Griggs, Pauline Hopkins and Edward Johnson) whose first-hand experience of slavery and denial created their living dystopia. With a foreword by Alex Award-winning novelist Temi Oh, an introduction by Dr. Sandra M. Grayson, author of Visions of the Third Millennium: Black Science Fiction Novelists Write the Future(2003), and invaluable promotion and editorial support from Tia Rossand the Black Writers Collectiveand more, this latest offering in the Flame Tree Gothic fantasy series focuses on an area of science fiction which has not received the attention it deserves. Many of the themes in Sci-fi reveal the world as it is to others, show us how to improve it, and give voice to the many different expressions of a future for humankind. The Flame Tree Gothic Fantasy, Classic Stories and Epic Talescollections bring together the entire range of myth, folklore and modern short fiction. Highlighting the roots of suspense, supernatural, science fiction and mystery stories, the books in Flame Tree Collections series are beautifully presented, perfect as a gift and offer a lifetime of reading pleasure. Table of Contents: An Empty, Hollow Interviewby James Beamon The Cometby W.E.B. Du Bois Élan Vitalby K. Tempest Bradford The Orbby Tara Campbell Blake, or The Huts of Americaby Martin R. Delany The Floating City of Pengimbangby Michelle F. Goddard The New Colossusesby Harambee K. Grey-Sun Imperium in Imperioby Sutton E. Griggs Seven Thievesby Emmalia Harrington Of One Blood: Or, The Hidden Selfby Pauline Hopkins Space Traitorsby Walidah Imarisha The Line of Demarcationby Patty Nicole Johnson Light Ahead for the Negroby Edward Johnson e-raceby Russell Nichols Giant Stepsby Russell Nichols Almost Too Good to Be Trueby Temi Oh You May Run Onby Megan Pindling Suffering Inside, But Still I Soarby Sylvie Soul The Pox Partyby Lyle Stiles The Regression Testby Wole Talabi

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