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Dark Matter: Reading the Bones

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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.

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Fiction. Ibo landing / ihsan bracy --
The quality of sand / Cherene Sherrard --
Yahimba's choice / Charles R. Saunders --
The glass bottle trick / Nalo Hopkinson --
Desire...more
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...more
David Spencer
Second verse, sweeter than the first. This collection is everything the last one was, magnified and exploded. There's barely a weak link *cough*thebinary*cough* in the entire collection, almost everything is flawless and captivating. Almost as satisfying as So Long Been Dreaming, but still solidly and easily 5/5 despite taking a second place in my heart as far as speculative fiction anthologies go. I gotta go drop this book back at the library, so this review is gonna be brief. Once again, to av...more
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Titilayo
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.
Seven
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.
Maleka
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.
Dimka
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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