Report from Planet Midnight
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Report from Planet Midnight

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Infused with feminist, Afro-Caribbean views of the science fiction and fantasy genres, this collection of offbeat and highly original works takes aim at race and racism in literature. In “Report from Planet Midnight,” at the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts, an alien addresses the crowd, evaluating Earth's "strange" customs, including the marginalizat...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by PM Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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This short taster is a fine introduction to Nalo Hopkinson’s work – two short stories, a speech and an interview but all buzzing and bustling with smart, cheeky and provocative ideas that do the things good science fiction should do – entertain and suggest new ways of looking and seeing. ‘Message in a Bottle’, the first of the stories, disrupts our taken for granted ideas of childhood as a time of naïve gazing at the world weaving in an apocalyptic vision and the disruptive marvel that is time t...more
Scott Neigh
I've read a few pieces of Hopkinson's work but not nearly enough, and this great little book has whetted my appetite for more. It contains two short-stories, both very good; the text of an important address on science fiction/fantasy and racism she gave to a convention during the fateful days of Racefail '09; and an enjoyable and thoughtful interview of her done by series editor Terry Bisson. Lots of good writing and important ideas in a very digestable package.
The stories were great, and I'll definitely be checking out more of her fiction. I thought the interview and the talk on race in SF were worth reading too, though they aren't the kind of thing I usually read. An author's interpretation of the future/alternate worlds is (obviously) hugely influenced by their present...I think it's so important to have (and read) SFF authors from a variety of backgrounds. I miss Octavia Butler.
I enjoyed this short little chapbook. It's four chapters long, with a bibliography. Those chapters break down into two short stories, a speech/performance piece which took place at the International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA), and an interview. I really liked the format because I have a short attention span and it blended short bursts of fiction with chatter. I love chatter. Interviews are the best.

I loved that the speech from ICFA, from which the title is derived, is annotat...more
Dec 24, 2013 Melanti rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Phoenixfalls
Shelves: anthology, library, 2013
This is a very thin volume (which is what originally caught my attention) and about half of this book is about race issues in science fiction - about 20 pages worth of a speech and another 30 pages of an interview.

I wasn't enamored with the two short stories (which is a surprise since I normally love her writing) but the non-fiction portions were fascinating. I really don't pay attention to the goings on in the fandom community and had never heard of "Racefail 2009", and since I really don't pay...more
I have been reading this alongside Said's 'Representations of the Intellectual' and it - while unintentional - was a remarkably suitable pairing. Hopkinson's short stories are always compelling and wonderful reads, but their placement (short story, public lecture, short story, author interview) in this text grounds the story, the telling, Hopkinson as author, sci fi/fantasy as genre and political space (one that oppresses often but holds the potential for liberation/transformation/transgression/...more
The first I've read in PM Press's Outspoken Authors series. Contained two great stories, a transcript of a talk she gave to a SF audience about race in SF, and an interview. The talk about race was given in the wake of a huge heated online dialogue about racism in the SF community. It was clearly a piece that she felt super vulnerable giving, and worked really hard on. I'm glad it's published. But reading it gave me that anxiety that you get reading idiocy online. Like, how hard she had to argue...more
A great mix of speculative fiction and critical thinking about speculative fiction. Truly inspired me in thinking about my own work and about exploring race in sci-fi and fantasy more
May 22, 2014 Andrea rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Two short stories, an interview, and a transcript of a speech given at a convention. Very interesting, would (will) read again. The interview/transcript for sure.
Nalo Hopkinson is an able writer, a courageous thinker, and a moving fabulist. This quick little book's collection of two stories, an interview, and a speech exposes the various sides of Hopkinson's writing personality to good effect, and if her speech demonstrates a contextually limited vision of theme and subject, the interview compensates in spades. Of the stories, the first is my favourite: chillingly defined, cleanly delineated, and lacking in external fluff. If you're looking for an introd...more
I really enjoyed this little book. short story, speech, short story, interview. this is how the book is divided up and I found the progression to be spot on. all the pieces held my attention (and I usually have a hard time with interviews); I just flew through the book. definitely makes me want to check out more of the "outspoken authors" series. the end holds a bibliography of Hopkinson's writings which is also really handy if you are looking for more from her (which I am).
Nalo Hopkinson is my new hero. This collection is amazing. Her articulate views of race are amazing. I want to hear it applied to women, to sexual orientation. Nalo is astute and clear about it.

I can't wait to read a novel of hers.

I have to laugh at one cream-colored man giving this book three stars and saying that the stories are weird. He must read completely mainstream SF. But I give him cred for reading this book at all!
From PM Press’s series of radical genre works. This includes two short stories, an interview with Hopkinson, and the core piece, a lecture she gave on race, ethnicity, and science fiction. Of the two short stories, I liked “Message in a Bottle” – it was usefully creepy, if that phrase makes any sense at all. The lecture is very direct, which is probably a good thing. Science fiction fandom can miss more subtle critiques sometimes.
Nov 26, 2013 Oliver rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who want to see critiques of race & gender in SF
Recommended to Oliver by: professor
A brilliant read. First author I've encountered besides Atwood & LeGuin speaking of race & gender in sci-fi and fantasy (which may mean I am not looking hard enough!). So tired of reading white dudes, I am inspired to read more Caribbean lit. I am hoping to check the anthologies she's edited out of my university library once the semester is over.
Daniel Burton-Rose
Man, is the first story in this collection CREEPY! The transcript of Hopkinson's talk to a fantasy convention on sci-fi fandom's racism deserves thinking on. I like the interviews always included in PM's Outspoken Authors series.
A collection of essays and a couple of short stories. "Shift," a retelling of Shakespeare's The Tempest is a stand out short story. It includes themes about identity, social location and mermen!
David Kerschner
Very interesting interview. The short stories were strange, but well written. Will have to look up some of her other stuff.
Dec 20, 2012 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
The title speech is an absolute must read.
Montanna Wildhack
Fun to read & thought-provoking.
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Nalo Hopkinson is a Jamaican-born writer and editor who lives in Canada. Her science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories often draw on Caribbean history and language, and its traditions of oral and written storytelling.

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