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Afro-Future Females: Black Writers Chart Science Fiction’s Newest New-Wave Trajectory,edited by Marleen S. Barr, is the first combined science fiction critical anthology and short story collection to focus upon black women via written and visual texts. The volume creates a dialogue with existing theories of Afro-Futurism in order to generate fresh ideas about how to apply ...more
Hardcover, 257 pages
Published May 8th 2008 by Ohio State University Press (first published 2008)
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Zach
An odd hodgepodge of a book that is perhaps more successful as a manifesto or call to arms than an academic collection. There are some important contributions here, but it seems like the book can never decide if it's:

1. a study of science fiction by African-American women who are commonly understood to be writers of such (Butler, Hopkinson, Shawl, etc)
2. a call for the inclusion of fiction by African-American women written outside of the realist mode (so the above plus Morrison, Bambara, etc) in
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Jess
I read this book to supplement a paper I did on Octavia E. Butler's Wild Seed, mostly because of the essay "Becoming Animal in Black Women's Science Fiction" by Madhu Dubey. This book is a great source for academics but it's all just an interesting collection of criticism, essays, and short stories about black women in science-fiction, speculative fiction, and fantasy. I came away with a lot of to-read books (short stories, authors, graphic novels, anything you could want).

I recommend this both
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Jetamors
I enjoyed most of the fiction and essays in this book, though I was somewhat perplexed by Steven Barnes' contribution, which focused primarily on men.
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