Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History

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In 1514 Hungary, peasants who rose up against the nobility rise again - from the grave. In 1633 Al-Shouf, a mother keeps demons at bay with the combined power of grief and music. In 1775 Paris, as social tensions come to a boil, a courtesan tries to save the woman she loves. In 1838 Georgia, a pregnant woman's desperate escape from slavery comes with a terrible price. In 1900 Ilocos Norte, a forest spirit helps a young girl defend her land from American occupiers.

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In 1514 Hungary, peasants who rose up against the nobility rise again - from the grave. In 1633 Al-Shouf, a mother keeps demons at bay with the combined power of grief and music. In 1775 Paris, as social tensions come to a boil, a courtesan tries to save the woman she loves. In 1838 Georgia, a pregnant woman's desperate escape from slavery comes with a terrible price. In 1900 Ilocos Norte, a forest spirit helps a young girl defend her land from American occupiers.

These gripping stories have been passed down through the generations, hidden between the lines of journal entries and love letters. Now 27 of today's finest authors - including Tananarive Due, Sofia Samatar, Ken Liu, Victor LaValle, Nnedi Okorafor, and Sabrina Vourvoulias - reveal the people whose lives have been pushed to the margins of history.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Sofia Samatar - "Ogres of East Africa"

Thoraiya Dyer - "The Oud"

Tananarive Due - "Free Jim's Mine"

S. Lynn - "Ffydd (Faith)"

Sunny Moraine - "Across the Seam"

Rion Amilcar Scott - "Numbers"

Meg Jayanth - "Each Part Without Mercy"

Claire Humphrey - "The Witch of Tarup"

L.S. Johnson - "Marigolds"

Robert William Iveniuk - "Diyu"

Jamey Hatley - "Collected Likenesses"

Michael Janairo - "Angela and the Scar"

Benjamin Parzybok - "The Colts"

Kima Jones - "Nine"

Christina Lynch - "The Heart and the Feather"

Troy L. Wiggins - "A Score of Roses"

Nghi Vo - "Neither Witch Nor Fairy"

David Fuller - "A Deeper Echo"

Ken Liu - "Knotting Grass, Holding Ring"

Kemba Banton - "Jooni"

Sarah Pinsker - "There Will Be One Vacant Chair"

Nnedi Okorafor - "It's War"

Shanaé Brown - "Find Me Unafraid"

Nicolette Barischoff - "A Wedding in Hungry Days"

Lisa Bolekaja - "Medu"

Victor LaValle - "Lone Women"

Sabrina Vourvoulias - "The Dance of the White Demons"

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/10/2014
This all-original anthology, edited by author Older (Salsa Nocturna) and PW reviews editor Fox, expands the focus of Anglophone speculative fiction beyond protagonists who are white, straight, cisgender, and male. Highlights among the 27 selections include “Free Jim’s Mine,” Tananarive Due’s tale of batrachian horror, set in 1838 Georgia, in which a pregnant woman escaping slavery and her Cherokee husband find no safety in a promised refuge; “Each Part Without Mercy,” Meg Jayanth’s exploration of uncoiling power, a striking coming-of-age tale about a young biracial woman who harnesses dream magic amid the political unrest of 1746 Madras; and “Diyu,” Robert William Iveniuk’s story of exploited immigrants in 1883 British Columbia. Also of note are Benjamin Parzybok’s “The Colts,” a grim tale of peasants hungry for revenge after the stymied Hungarian rebellion of 1514, and Victor LaValle’s “Lone Women,” in which one monstrous family encounters another that is even worse on the snowy expanses of Montana in 1914. Although this volume succeeds in being more inclusive than many previous anthologies, more contributions from authors outside of Europe and North America would have been welcome. Such shortcomings are but a challenge for future works. Fox and Older have taken a grand task upon themselves, and the results are laudable. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780991392100
  • Publisher: Crossed Genres Publications
  • Publication date: 1/30/2014
  • Pages: 370
  • Sales rank: 300,066
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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