How Long 'til Black Future Month?

How Long 'til Black Future Month?

Book - 2018 | First edition
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N.K. Jemisin is one of the most powerful and acclaimed speculative fiction authors of our time. In the first collection of her evocative short fiction, Jemisin equally challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption. In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a Utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story "The City Born Great," a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis's soul.
Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780316491341
Characteristics: xii, 400 pages ; 22 cm


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Book of the Week, December 17, 2018:

“Now I am bolder, and angrier, and more joyful; none of these things contradict each other. Now I am the writer that short stories made me. So come on. There’s the future over there. Let’s all go.” Worldbuilding genius N.K. Jemisin’s How Long ‘til Black Futu... Read More »

In her new short story "The Ones Who Stay And Fight" N.K. Jemisin responds to Ursula K. Le Guin's classic tale "Those Who Walk Away from Omelas."

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Jul 24, 2019

This collection introduced me to N.K. Jemison, and I couldn't have been more delighted by her radical mind and her talent. I am now reading everything else she wrote as quickly as the holds come in.

SCL_Justin Jun 11, 2019

This collection of scifi short stories was good, but I think I agree with Jemisin in her introduction when she says she's a novelist and these are more about working out some small ideas. A lot of them feel like the introduction or prologue to a novel rather than something in and of itself. Good stuff but a little slight.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin May 13, 2019

An excellent short story collection! For whatever reason, I have a hard time listening to Jemisin's work on audio...but once I switched over to old school "reading" I loved it!

IndyPL_JosephL Feb 14, 2019

While not all the stories of this anthology are created equal, they are all fantastic for what they are intended to accomplish. As Jemisin expresses in the book's forward, there is a lack of diversity in the science fiction world, both in terms of characters and authors, and this book is meant to help remedy this problem by drawing attention to that fact. Full of different styles of stories featuring everything from steampunk to fantasy and the reaches of outer space, Jemisin's stories offer a lot to enjoy and digest for a wide range of sci-fi/fantasy readers.


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