Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements



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Butler, Octavia E -- Criticism and interpretation, Social justice -- Fiction, Social change -- Fiction, Science fiction, Speculative fiction


Whenever we envision a world without war, without prisons, without capitalism, we are producing visionary fiction. Organizers and activists envision, and try to create, such worlds all the time. This book brings twenty of them together in the first anthology of short stories to explore the connections between radical speculative fiction and movements for social change. The visionary tales of Octavia's Brood span genres--sci-fi, fantasy, horror, magical realism--but all are united by an attempt to experiment with new ways of understanding ourselves, the world around us, and all the selves and worlds that could be. The collection is rounded off with essays by Tananarive Due and Mumia Abu-Jamal, and a foreword by Sheree Renée Thomas.

Revolution shuffle / Bao Phi -- The token superhero / David F. Walker -- the river / adrienne maree brown -- Evidence / Alexis Pauline Gumbs -- Black angel / Walidah Imarisha -- The long memory / Morrigan Phillips -- Small and bright / Autumn Brown -- In spite of darkness / Alixa Garcia -- Hollow / Mia Mingus -- Lalibela / Gabriel Teodros -- Little brown mouse / Tunde Olaniran -- Sanford and sun / Dawolu Jabari Anderson -- Runway blackout / Tara Betts -- Kafka's last laugh / Vagabond -- 22XX : one-shot / Jelani Wilson -- Manhunters / Kalamu ya Salaam -- Aftermath / LeVar Burton -- Fire on the mountain / Terry Bisson -- Homing instinct / Dani McClain -- children who fly / Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha -- Star Wars and the American imagination / Mumia Abu-Jamal -- The only lasting truth / Tananarive Due -- Outro / adrienne maree brown.

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