Blerd Bookstore Struggle: Science Fiction vs. African-American Literature

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1. Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora and Reading the Bones edited by Sheree Renée Thomas (2000, 2005) introduces black science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction writers to the generations of readers who have not had the chance to explore the scope and diversity among African-American and Caribbean writers.

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2. So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan (2004) is an anthology of original new stories by leading African, Asian, South Asian and Aboriginal authors, as well as North American and British writers of color. The stories in the book depict imagined futures from the perspectives of writers associated with what might loosely be termed the “third world.” Contributors include: Opal Palmer Adisa, Tobias Buckell, Wayde Compton, Andrea Hairston, Nnedi Okorafor, Nisi Shawl, Vandana Singh, and Sheree Renée Thomas.

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3. Possibilities: State of Black SciFi Flash Fiction Anthology edited by Alicia McCalla (2012) features authors L.M. Davis, Milton Davis, Margaret Fieland, Edward Austin Hall, Valjeanne Jeffers, Alan Jones, Alicia McCalla, Balogun Ojetade, Rasheedah Phillips, Wendy Raven McNair, and Nicole Sconiers as they endeavor to explore the possibilities of Black SF in the broad ranges of Science Fiction from Paranormal to Steampunk in a 500-word flash fiction prompt.

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