Overview

Salaam's collection of 10 reprints and 3 original stories introduces readers to alternate worlds built around magic, sensuality, sexuality, and the search for emotional comfort, however tenuous. A lusty god temporarily bestows his sexual spark on a worn-out and unappreciated young woman in ''Desire.'' The world of mothlike aliens who feed on the heated ''nectar'' of human sexual energies is explored in three linked tales. A young man's grandfather sends him time traveling into danger as a punishment in ''Battle ...
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Ancient, Ancient

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Overview

Salaam's collection of 10 reprints and 3 original stories introduces readers to alternate worlds built around magic, sensuality, sexuality, and the search for emotional comfort, however tenuous. A lusty god temporarily bestows his sexual spark on a worn-out and unappreciated young woman in ''Desire.'' The world of mothlike aliens who feed on the heated ''nectar'' of human sexual energies is explored in three linked tales. A young man's grandfather sends him time traveling into danger as a punishment in ''Battle Royale,'' while ''Rosamojo'' is a straightforward revenge story about a young girl who uses magic to punish her rapist father. Unearthly magics frame ''Ferret,'' an intriguing snippet about a space colony ship guided by animal divination, and ''Marie,'' in which a pregnant Creole woman is willing to sacrifice anything to feel at home in New York City. Salaam's unusual settings and lonely characters will call to readers who hunger for sex, identity, or just a place to belong.---Publisher's Weekly review, March 5, 2012
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016084404
  • Publisher: Aqueduct Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 635 KB

Meet the Author

Kiini Ibura Salaam’s fiction has been included in such publications as Dark Matter, Mojo: Conjure Stories, and Dark Eros. One of her earlier (and most distinctive) stories, “Of Wings, Nectar, and Ancestors,” was translat¬ed into Polish, and two of her short stories, “Desire” and “Rosamojo,” were praised in Publishers Weekly reviews. Her essays have appeared in Essence, Ms., and Colonize This! Her article “Navigating to No” sparked a spate of radio interviews, a television appearance, and a college seminar, as well as earned a personal commentary award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Her essay “No,” which appeared in both Ms. Magazine and Utne Reader, was included in the Longman Publish¬ers composition guide, Reading Into Writing. Though she was born and raised in New Orleans, Salaam lives with her daughter in Brooklyn.
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  • Posted September 1, 2012

    Storytelling at its best, organic and mesmerizing-you have to read this book!

    I was completely inspired and thrilled by “Ancient, Ancient” a short story collection by Kiini Ibura Salaam that covers science-fiction, fantasy and horror in the most unique ways. Her storytelling is original, organic and mesmerizing. The opening story, “Desire” is like magical poetry, telling the fable of a woman dried out by life and what happens when she is caught in a conflict between deities.
    I loved the stories (the first is “Of Wings, Nectar & Ancestors”) involving the aliens (whose language was body movement) that gather human nectar and transform the human at the same time.
    “Bio-Anger” was raw science-fiction and written in a style that is so unique its almost another language.
    I was sad when the last story ended. I didn’t want to leave the multi-faceted universe spun from Salaam’s fantastic and exceptional imagination. You have to read this book!

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