by Courttia Newland


by Courttia Newland


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A dark and incisive collection of speculative short stories set in an alternate future of interstellar space travel, robots, mythical creatures, and the uncanny.

“Newland’s second venture into science fictional territories is a rich, diverse collection of short stories.” —The Guardian

“Newland easily engages readers with complex worldbuilding, well-shaded characters, and stories as entertaining as they are meaningful. It’s no small feat to so immediately and repeatedly appeal to readers’ hearts and minds, and Newland’s mastery of short-format storytelling is sure to impress. Speculative fiction fans won’t be able to put this down.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

In his exquisite first collection of speculative fiction, Courttia Newland envisages an alternate future as lived by the African diaspora.

Kill parties roam the streets of a post-apocalyptic world; a matriarchal race of mer creatures depends on interbreeding with mortals to survive; mysterious seeds appear in cities across the world, growing into the likeness of people in their vicinity.

Through transfigured bodies and impossible encounters, Newland brings a sharp, fresh eye to age-old themes of the human capacity for greed, ambition, and self-destruction, but ultimately of our strength and resilience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617759789
Publisher: Akashic Books, Ltd.
Publication date: 11/02/2021
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

COURTTIA NEWLAND is the author of seven books including A River Called TimeThe Gospel According to Cane, and his much-lauded debut, The Scholar. In 2016 he was awarded the Roland Rees Bursary for playwriting. As a screenwriter, he has cowritten two episodes of the Steve McQueen BBC series Small Axe. Cosmogramma is his latest book.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

"You Meets You"
"Dark Matters"
"The Sankofa Principle"
"The Difference Between Me and You"


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