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By Nalo Hopkinson

Infused with feminist, Afro-Caribbean perspectives of the technological know-how fiction and fable genres, this choice of offbeat and hugely unique works takes objective at race and racism in literature. In “Report from Planet Midnight,” on the overseas organization of the glorious within the Arts, an alien addresses the group, comparing Earth's "strange" customs, together with the marginalization of works through nonwhite and feminine writers. “Message in a Bottle” exhibits Greg, an American Indian artist, befriending a wierd four-year-old who turns out clever past her years. whereas getting ready an exhibition, he discovers that the younger woman is a visitor from the longer term despatched to get well paintings from the far away past—which apparently includes his personal paintings. Concluding the publication with sequence editor Terry Bisson’s Outspoken Interview, Nalo Hopkinson stocks laughs, loves, and top-secret Caribbean spells.

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