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Get Your Read On

Posted Sunday, February 8th, 2009
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The Carl Brandon Society has posted their list of recommended reading for Black History Month (hat tip to SF Author Tobias Buckell):

Black History Month Reading List

The Carl Brandon Society recommends the following books, compiled form suggestions on the Carl Brandon Society list-serve, for Black History Month:

* So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehandir

* The Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

* Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany

* My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due

* The Coyote Kings of the Space Age Bachelor Pad by Minister Faust

* Mindscape by Andrea Hairston

* Wind Follower by Carole McDonnell (hey, that’s a Juno book!)

* Futureland by Walter Mosley

* The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu

* Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu

About the Carl Brandon Society

The idea for the Society first came about at the feminist science fiction convention WisCon ’99 in Madison, WI, when WisCon responded to a request from people of color in the community by scheduling more programming items that addressed race, and by having a focus group where people of color could meet and formulate strategies for increasing the awareness and representation of people of color in the genres and in the community. This request was incited by an article written by Samuel R. Delany: “Racism and Science Fiction” in the New York Review of Science Fiction (August 1998, volume 10 issue 12). This essay was recently republished in the anthology Dark Matter, edited by Sheree R. Thomas. It is available at most bookstores.

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