Dark Matter: Reading the Bones

Bestseller Dark Matter Reading the Bones Creat Sheree Thomas Ibi Zoboi Henry Dumas Kevin Brockenbrough Walter Mosley Tananarive Due Tyehimba Jess Jill Robinson is a Books Sheree

Bestseller Dark Matter: Reading the Bones Creat Sheree Thomas Ibi Zoboi Henry Dumas Kevin Brockenbrough Walter Mosley Tananarive Due Tyehimba Jess Jill Robinson is a Books Sheree Thomas also credited as Sheree R Thomas and Sheree Ren e Thomas is an American writer, book editor and publisher.Thomas is the editor of the Dark Matter anthology 2000 , in which are collected works by some of the best African American writers in the genres of science fiction, horror and fantasy Among the many notable authors included are Samuel R Delany, Octavia E Butler, Charles R Saunders, Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, Jewelle Gomez, Ishmael Reed, Kalamu ya Salaam, Robert Fleming, Nalo Hopkinson, George S Schuyler and W E B Du Bois Dark Matter was honored with the 2005 and the 2001 World Fantasy Award and named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.Thomas is the publisher of Wanganegresse Press, and has contributed to national publications including the Washington Post Book World , Black Issues Book Review, QBR, and Hip Mama Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Ishmael Reed s Konch, Drumvoices Revue, Obsidian III, African Voices, storySouth, and other literary journals, and has received Honorable Mention in the Year s Best Fantasy and Horror, 16th and 17th annual collections A native of Memphis, she lives in New York City from. Dark Matter is the first and only series to bring together the works of black SF and fantasy writers The first volume was featured in the New York Times, which named it a Notable Book of the Year.ContentsFiction Ibo landing ihsan bracy The quality of sand Cherene Sherrard Yahimba s choice Charles R Saunders The glass bottle trick Nalo Hopkinson DesireDark Matter is the first and only series to bring together the works of black SF and fantasy writers The first volume was featured in the New York Times, which named it a Notable Book of the Year.ContentsFiction Ibo landing ihsan bracy The quality of sand Cherene Sherrard Yahimba s choice Charles R Saunders The glass bottle trick Nalo Hopkinson Desire Kiini Ibura Salaam Recovery from a fall David Findlay Anansi meets Peter Parker at the Taco Bell on Lexington Douglas Kearney The magical Negro Nnedi Okorafor Mbachu Jesus Christ in Texas W.E.B DuBois Will the circle be unbroken Henry Dumas Cause Harlem needs heroes Kevin Brockenbrough Whipping boy Pam Noles Old flesh song Ibi Aanu Zoboi Whispers in the dark Walter Mosley Aftermoon Tananarive Due Voodoo Vincent and the astrostoriograms Tyehimba Jess The binary John Cooley BLACKout Jill Robinson Sweet dreams Charles Johnson Buying primo time Wanda Coleman Corona Samuel R Delaney Maggies Nisi Shawl Excerpt from Mindscape Andrea Hairston Trance Kalamu ya Salaam Essays The second law of thermodynamics transcription of a panel at the 1997 Black speculative fiction writer s conference held at Clark Atlanta University Jewelle Gomez Her pen could fly remembering Virginia Hamilton Nnedi Okorafor Mbachu Celebrating the alien the politics of race and species in the juveniles of Andre Norton Carol Cooper.. The best Book Dark Matter: Reading the Bones Dark Matter: Reading the Bones, edited by Sheree R. Thomas is the second anthology in this series, which gathers speculative fiction from the African Diaspora. The anthology includes 24 short stories and a series of essays about the role of speculative fiction in imagining or reimagining the African diasporic experience. Overall it is a very enjoyable anthology, combining fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Some of speculative fiction's most interesting writers are represented, including Nalo Hopkinson ("The Glass Bottle Trick") and Tananarive Due ("Aftermoon"). There are also notable surprises: a piece by famed Black intellectual W.E.B. DuBois entitled "Jesus Christ in Texas." My one complaint is that the stories in the anthology are uneven - some of the fiction is imaginative and well constructed, like Hopkinson's "The Glass Bottle Trick" and Cherene Sherrard's, "The Quality of Sand," which re-imagines the slave trade and those who saved enslaved people as pirates of an entirely different sort than most of us are used to hearing about. Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu submits a scathingly funny piece entitled "The Magical Negro," which challenges the conventions of mythical and speculative fiction. While Keven Brockenbrough's noire contribution captures a tale that is so well realized that it is cinematicly evocative, while posing a series of poignant ethical dilemmas. "The Binary" by John Cooley is a fantastic piece combining Japanese folk lore with a multi-ethnic cast in a wonderful and suspenseful tale. While this was one of my favorite pieces in the anthology, it was also the one that I found most disappointing - it was so nearly perfect, but needed some additional polishing and structure. As a life-long fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, I appreciated the creations that each other lovingly created and shared. Even more than their works, I appreciated editor Sheree R. Thomas' committment to positioning the works of the authors she gathered. For instance, I now have an understanding of the larger umbrella under which the sci-fi, horror, and fantasy that I have so enjoyed fits: speculative fiction. Not only is this a more descriptive term, but it also seems far more accurate and respectful of the genre.

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  1. Sheree Thomas Ibi Zoboi Henry Dumas Kevin Brockenbrough Walter Mosley Tananarive Due Tyehimba Jess Jill Robinson

    Sheree Thomas also credited as Sheree R Thomas and Sheree Ren e Thomas is an American writer, book editor and publisher.Thomas is the editor of the Dark Matter anthology 2000 , in which are collected works by some of the best African American writers in the genres of science fiction, horror and fantasy Among the many notable authors included are Samuel R Delany, Octavia E Butler, Charles R Saunders, Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, Jewelle Gomez, Ishmael Reed, Kalamu ya Salaam, Robert Fleming, Nalo Hopkinson, George S Schuyler and W E B Du Bois Dark Matter was honored with the 2005 and the 2001 World Fantasy Award and named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.Thomas is the publisher of Wanganegresse Press, and has contributed to national publications including the Washington Post Book World , Black Issues Book Review, QBR, and Hip Mama Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Ishmael Reed s Konch, Drumvoices Revue, Obsidian III, African Voices, storySouth, and other literary journals, and has received Honorable Mention in the Year s Best Fantasy and Horror, 16th and 17th annual collections A native of Memphis, she lives in New York City from

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  1. Dark Matter Reading the Bones, edited by Sheree R Thomas is the second anthology in this series, which gathers speculative fiction from the African Diaspora The anthology includes 24 short stories and a series of essays about the role of speculative fiction in imagining or reimagining the African diasporic experience Overall it is a very enjoyable anthology, combining fantasy, science fiction, and horror Some of speculative fiction s most interesting writers are represented, including Nalo Hopki [...]


  2. Really good quality anthology Highlights include Kiini Ibura Salaam s beautifully voiced Desire , Ibi Aanu Zoboi s creepy Old Flesh Song , Tyehimba Jess rather funny Voodoo Vincent and the Astrostoriograms , Nalo Hopkinson s folk tale retelling The Glass Bottle Trick but there are plenty to enjoy, with a refreshingly wide array of approaches to speculative fiction.


  3. a great cross section of speculative african diaspora fiction the retelling of igbo landing was fierce the idea that vampires, zombies, telepathy, supernatural abilities, and religion transverse blackness as smoothly as leaves flowing down stream in spring time is refreshing.



  4. Counting this as read even though there were 7 short stories and 3 essays I didn t get to before it was due back to the library.Like most anthologies, it s a mixed bag There were a few that I really liked, a few that I appreciated but didn t feel strongly about, and one that I noped right away from Overall, though, it s worth a read Lots of excellent stories here.Full story list with initial thought blurbs below the cut Warning This is a really long text post view spoiler Fictionibo landing 1998 [...]


  5. The other Dark Matter anthology is one of my favorite anthologies, if not the favorite This one did not move me as much I started reading it months ago to have fiction on hand to sparingly read between all the nonfiction something I could pick up and put down for some time It did serve that purpose well I do like that it had a few essays following the stories like the other Dark Matter anthology did That is a nice touch I did really enjoy a couple of the stories, most were ok, and some of them w [...]


  6. These anthologies are great They re a great source of works and non fiction essays I use this and the first anthology in the series in the Speculative Fiction in Africa class I teach.


  7. I ve listed all of the titles and authors in case you want to follow up on any of them, and it allows an easy way for me to post quick reviews of each story The main body of the book contains 24 fictional short stories novel excerpts, and three non fiction essays are included at the end of the book.Fictionibo landing 1998 by ihsan bracyThe Quality of Sand 2004 by Cherene SherrardYahimba s Choice 2004 by Charles R SaundersThe Glass Bottle Trick 2000 by Nalo HopkinsonDesire 2004 by Kiini Ibura Sal [...]


  8. I wish I had enjoyed this collection of short stories Maybe it s just me, or maybe it s because I am not a person of color, but I found many of the stories to be difficult to follow They also are very light on the science fiction tending toward surrealism.That said, there is one story that really seemed prescient It describes a United States where aliens have come promising miraculous technologies if the US will give up its entire black population This story was written, I think, in the late 1 [...]


  9. After the spectacular Dark Matter 2000 , Thomas offers something of a mixed bag in her second anthology of speculative fiction from the African diaspora Of the stories set during the days of slavery, ihsan bracy s ibo landing proves that stylization of subject matter can be powerful than historical fidelity The shimmering, brutal outlines created by such simple sentences as each in their own way understood the distance they would never again be home stay with the reader for a long time.By contr [...]


  10. This was a book of short stories of African American writers I love it it s about hoodoo, egguns, spiritual things, from writer from America to the Caribbean I love it and had past it on to a friend of mines to read Some of the stories in here should turn into a movie There are even some vampire story that I love that s set in Harlem.


  11. There were a few stories that I liked but for the most part I thought this was just ok I felt like I was reading the same story over and over again This can sometimes be the hard part about anthologies Everything feels the same I read about half of the book and decided that I had had enough.





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