Report from Planet Midnight

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Infused with feminist, Afro-Caribbean views of the science fiction and fantasy genres, this collection of offbeat and highly original works takes aim at race and racism in literature. In “Report from Planet Midnight,” at the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts, an alien addresses the crowd, evaluating Earth's "strange" customs, including the marginalization of works by nonwhite and female writers. “Message in a Bottle” shows Greg, an American Indian artist, befriending a strange four-year-old ...

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Overview

Infused with feminist, Afro-Caribbean views of the science fiction and fantasy genres, this collection of offbeat and highly original works takes aim at race and racism in literature. In “Report from Planet Midnight,” at the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts, an alien addresses the crowd, evaluating Earth's "strange" customs, including the marginalization of works by nonwhite and female writers. “Message in a Bottle” shows Greg, an American Indian artist, befriending a strange four-year-old who seems wise beyond her years. While preparing an exhibition, he discovers that the young girl is a traveler from the future sent to recover art from the distant past—which apparently includes his own work. Concluding the book with series editor Terry Bisson’s Outspoken Interview, Nalo Hopkinson shares laughs, loves, and top-secret Caribbean spells.

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Publishers Weekly
This too-brief collection for PM’s Outspoken Authors series assembles four diverse works by Jamaican-born, Canada-dwelling author Hopkinson (The Chaos). The short stories “Shift” and “Message in a Bottle” are striking, especially the latter, in which an artist is granted the rare gift of knowing just how much his work will affect the people of the future. “Reluctant Ambassador from the Planet of Midnight” is a “somewhat performative” keynote speech for the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, written in the context of the heated 2009 “RaceFail” discussion of race and related matters in the SF blogosphere. “Correcting the Balance” is a long interview with Hopkinson by series editor Terry Bisson. Insightful and engaging, the scant pages of this volume will leave the reader wishing for a more comprehensive collection that further showcases Hopkinson’s broad talents, vital insights, and scathing frankness about sociocultural matters that too many genre writers refuse to tackle. (Nov.)
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“Hopkinson has carved out a fertile niche in the science fiction and fantasy realm.”  —American Library Association

“The plot and style get an early grip on you, the reader, and you don't let go till story's end. Hopkinson is a genuine find!”  —Locus

“Hopkinson has had a remarkable impact on popular fiction. Her work continues to question the very genres she adopts, transforming them from within through her fierce intelligence and her commitment to a radical vision that refuses easy consumption.”  —Globe and Mail

"Insightful and engaging, the scant pages of this volume showcase Hopkinson's broad talents, vital insights, and scathing frankness about sociocultural matters that too many genre writers refuse to tackle." —Publishers Weekly (September 10, 2012)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604864977
  • Publisher: PM Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2012
  • Series: Outspoken Authors
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nalo Hopkinson is the award-winning author of Brown Girl in the Ring, Midnight Robber, The New Moons Arms, and The Salt Roads. Her short story collection, Skin Folk, was the winner of the World Fantasy Award and the Sunburst Award. She is a founding member and current advisory committee member of the Carl Brandon Society, which exists to further the conversation on race and ethnicity in science fiction and fantasy. She lives in Toronto.

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