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


Manufacturer: AK Press

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Whenever we envision a world without war, without prisons, without capitalism, we are producing speculative fiction. Organizers and activists envision, and try to create, such worlds all the time. Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown have brought 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 inject a healthy dose of imagination and innovation into our political practice and to try on 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 preface by Sheree Renée Thomas.

Edited by Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown. AK Press, 2015. Octavia's Brood has its own website where you can contact the editors, read the (many!) comments and reviews, and keep up to date with the project. Or, if you prefer, here is a massive (and likely incomplete!) list of the reviews and articles we've heard about:

Bitch Magazine (essay by Walidah Imarisha)
Black Girl Nerds 
Black Nerd Problems
Boing Boing 
Book View Café 
Briarpatch Magazine
CBC Radio (named as a 'must-read'!)
Cherwell (interview with editors)
The Daily Geekette 
Full Stop 
Goodreads (reader reviews)
The Nation (interview with editors)
New York Journal of Books 
The Portland Mercury 
Red Wedge 
San Francisco Book Review  
The Skanner (pre-publication article)
Vue Weekly 

Product Code: 9781849352093

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