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Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements

by: Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown

Publisher: AK Press (2015)

$18.00

Staff Pick by comrade: CP

An inspiring collection of imaginative and thrilling stories. Though some of the stories are more grim than others, each piece is infused with hope and passionate action. Different social justice issues are addressed in many different ways, often exploring the complexities of life and struggle rather than dictating solutions. A very worthwhile read.

Wheneverweenvisionaworldwithoutwar,prisons,orcapitalism,weareproducingspeculativefiction.Organizersandactivistsenvision,andtrytocreate,suchworldsallthetime.WalidahImarishaandadriennemareebrownhavebrought20ofthemtogetherinthefirstanthologyofshortstoriestoexploretheconnectionsbetweenradicalspeculativefictionandmovementsforsocialchange.Thesevisionarytalesspangenres�scifi,fantasy,horror,magicalrealism�butallareunitedbyanattempttoinjectahealthydoseofimaginationandinnovationintoourpoliticalpracticeandtotryonnewwaysofunderstandingourselves,theworldaroundus,andalltheselvesandworldsthatcouldbe.AlsofeaturesessaysbyTananariveDueandMumiaAbuJamal,andaprefacebyShereeRenéeThomas.