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September 29, 2012 10:35 AM   Subscribe

Author and librarian, Jess Nevins, offers The Black Fantastic: Highlights of Pre-World War II African and African-American Speculative Fiction.

Excellent introductory compilations of Black speculative SF and Fantasy: So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy; Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora; Dark Matter: Reading the Bones.

Mr. Nevins so often previously...
posted by artof.mulata (5 comments total) 38 users marked this as a favorite

Some additional excitement: Yusuf Nuruddin's Ancient Black Astronauts and Extraterrestrial Jihads: Islamic Science Fiction as Urban Mythology.
posted by artof.mulata at 10:38 AM on September 29, 2012 [2 favorites]

Fascinating! thank you.
posted by The Whelk at 10:40 AM on September 29, 2012

The earliest, "The Goophered Grapevine" (Atlantic Monthly, Aug 1887), is Uncle Julius' attempt to scare off a northerner from buying a ruined plantation by telling the story of the goopher which haunts the vineyard.

A single vowel away from internet immortality.

This is interesting stuff, thanks.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 11:05 AM on September 29, 2012

Looked quickly for Delany to be mentioned in at least one of the links. Was not disappointed.
posted by hippybear at 11:06 AM on September 29, 2012

This is awesome.

I would like to formally give Jess Nevins the "MeFi Favorite Jess Nevins" title. He is awesome and I think he's now had five posts about him.
posted by Joey Michaels at 1:22 PM on September 29, 2012

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