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Dark Matter: Reading the Bones

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  200 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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.

Fiction. Ibo landing / ihsan bracy --
The quality of sand / Cherene Sherrard --
Yahimba's choice / Charles R. Saunders --
The glass bottle trick / Nalo Hopkinson --
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Aspect (first published 2004)
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Izetta Autumn
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
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So many great stories in here, especially enjoyed "Glass Bottle Trick", "Old Flesh Song", and "Sweet Dreams". Added several authors to my to-read list.
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.
Alex MacFarlane
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 more to enjoy, with a refreshingly wide array of approaches to speculative fiction.
Jun 06, 2008 Seven rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: To anyone into Hoodoo
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.
Mike Franklin
Aug 21, 2015 Mike Franklin marked it as owned-rejected
I bought both of these collection books together but the first was so disappointing I can't see me picking up this second one.
check these stories. scary, realistic, good. "the whipping boy" is crazy. i want to read these again.
L. Davis
Loved it. Especially loved reading fiction by W. E. B. DuBois. Hadn't done that before.
Jun 09, 2008 Dimka rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys scifi
Shelves: sci-fi
This book is one of the anthologies on African American sci-fi I've read in years.
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Sheree Thomas — also credited as Sheree R. Thomas and Sheree Renée 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
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