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I find most anthologies of short fiction hit and miss, but the hits in this one were than enough to compensate for the misses Some standouts include 1 Chicago, 1927 Jewelle GomezFor fans of the Gilda stories, here s a nice short one, combining Gomez s unique take on vamp lore with a queer eye view of Chicago in the roaring 20s If you re not familiar with Gomez s other work, this is a great introduction.2 Like Daughter Tananarive DueI can t say much without giving the story away but I will say it is a unique approach to looking at the long term effects that cycles of poverty, abuse, and racism have on the psyche 3 Greedy Choke Puppy Nalo HopkinsonI love the way Nalo weaves Caribbean folklore into her stories, and I especially love a soucouyant 4 Ganger Ball Lightning Nalo HopkinsonThis is what happens when sex toys take the place of good communication in a relationship Lord love a cautionary tale.5 The Evening and the Morning and the Night Octavia ButlerI love disease dystopias, and this one is especially great because it centres on the way human connection can be as important as any medical treatment.6 The Space Traders Derrick BellThis one is perpetually relevant, although written in 1992 It predicts an American response to an offer by intergalactic traders who have offered the solutions to all of America s financial, environmental, and energy problems in exchange for all of the black people And it could have been written yesterday This list is by no means exhaustive there are a whole bunch of excellent stories in here, some by authors with whom I have not been acquainted, but will now be reading. I m awfully lated to this party Dark Matter was released in 2000 but better late than never, right Sheree Thomas did a commendable job picking stories and authors for the collection One of my favorite gems was the opening chapter or two from a book written in the 30s about one of the first patients for a new medical procedure to turn black people into white people The only really totally missed note for me was the story by Steven Barnes, and I suspect that s because I just don t very much like to read the things that he likes to write Other than that, I was reacquainted with some old favorites and introduced to some phenomenal new to me writers I d recommend the book without any reservation. [Download Pdf] ♅ Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora ⚕ This Volume Introduces Black Science Fiction, Fantasy, And Speculative Fiction Writers To The Generations Of Readers Who Have Not Had The Chance To Explore The Scope And Diversity Among African American WritersFiction Sister Lilith Honoree Fanonne JeffersThe Comet WEB Du Bois Chicage Jewelle GomezBlack No More Novel Excerpt George S Schuyler Separation Anxiety Evie Shockley Tasting Songs Leone RossCan You Wear My Eyes Kalamu Ya SalaamLike Daughter Tananarive Due Greedy Choke Puppy Nalo Hopkinson Rhythm Travel Amiri Baraka Buddy Bolden Kalamu Ya SalaamAye, And Gomorrah Samuel R Delany Ganger Ball Lightning Nalo HopkinsonThe Becoming Akua Lezli HopeThe Goophered Grapevine Charles W ChestnuttThe Evening And The Morning And The Night Octavia E Butler Twice, At Once, Separated Linda Addison Gimmile S Songs Charles R Saunders At The Huts Of Ajala Nisi Shawl The Woman In The Wall Steven Barnes Ark Of Bones Henry Dumas Butta S Backyard Barbecue Tony Medina Future Christmas Novel Excerpt Ishmael ReedAt Life S Limits Kiini Ibura Salaam The African Origins Of UFOs Novel Excerpt Anthony JosephThe Astral Visitor Delta Blues Robert Fleming The Space Traders Derrick Bell The Pretended Darryl A Smith Hussy Strutt Ama PattersonEssays Racism And Science Fiction Samuel R DelanyWhy Blacks Should Read And Write Science Fiction Charles R Saunders Black To The Future Walter MosleyYet Do I Wonder Paul D MillerThe Monophobic Response Octavia E Butler dark mat er n a nonluminous form of matter which has not been directly observed but whose existence has been deduced by its gravitational effects.The above citation from NASA s Jet Propulsion Lab glossary is referenced in the Introduction of this captivating anthology, to great effect Indeed, the contributions of black writers to the field of speculative fiction has often been overlooked, even dismissed, whereas this collection is a testament to their presence, their influence, and to their historical contributions that all SF fans should be aware of, regardless of racial background.In this amazing collection of Black speculative fiction, roughly half are stories by contemporary authors published 2001, the copyright dates on those stories are 2000 , while the other half are an historical review of stories from as early as 1887 To me the title implied stories from earlier years, but the modern entries are all so strong and diverse, it seems the editor just couldn t say no after receiving all the submissions.The collection is perfect for someone like me, who a is naive about and would like to know about the rich history of authors from the African diaspora in science fiction and fantasy, and b wants an A list of authors to try who are currently active in the field.I ve given this collection 5 stars, not because every story was 5 stars they weren t but because it is such an amazingly strong collection, and because it has such historical and cultural relevance It has the occasional lull and what moments, but overall I would say this is one of the most consistently interesting and meaningful collections of stories I have ever read.I ve listed all of the titles and authors in case you want to follow up on any of them, and it was an easy way to post quick reviews of each story The main body of the book contains 29 fictional short stories novel excerpts, and five non fiction essays are included at the end of the book There is a second collection, Dark Matter Reading the Bones, published 4 years after this one, though it is a modern anthology and only has five historical stories.Entries in the order they appear in the bookFiction Sister Lilith 2000 by Honor e Fanonne Jeffers 5 stars Great retelling of the Adam Eve creation story, with a lot of poignant commentary on race and male female relationships.The Comet 1920 by W.E.B Du Bois 4 stars This should totally be 5 stars not only is this a story of historical significance who knew W.E.B DuBois wrote science fiction but the scenario offers excruciating insight into race relations and what it means to be human Unfortunately, I thought the last 5 sentences of the story changed the tone and implications of the previous succession of events and insights, in a way that diluted the message Others may not feel this way short story endings are a very subjective experience but it spoiled the overall effect for me It is still highly recommended reading probably worth buying the book just for the historical significance of this one Chicago 1927 2000 by Jewelle L Gomez 4 stars I loved the storyline and atmosphere of this one, clever interplay of history and mythology I stumbled a bit on the writing style, and I thought the last minute exposition at the end could have been handled better, but otherwise a wonderful experience I plan to read The Gilda Stories, a whole collection of stories about this character.Excerpt from Black No More 1931 by George S Schuyler 5 stars Whimsical, edgy exposition on the potentialities of becoming white , told from a kind of man on the street perspective Reminds me of Eddie Murphy s skit on the subject 5 stars for the excerpt, because it hits on so many poignant aspects so quickly and efficiently, with an engaging conversational prose The final line is so haunting as a short story endpoint, it makes me wonder if some of that effect will be lost in the book Still, I m interested to see what other aspects the book explores, and I m amazed I d never heard of it before now.separation anxiety 2000 by Evie Shockley 3 stars Good writing and characterization, but the world building was not quite believable separate but equal doesn t seem like something that people of color would be fighting for given historical precedent And I didn t really like the way her brother handled things.Tasting Songs 2000 by Leone Ross 4 stars I m not a big fan of stories about infidelity, but this one has enough surprises and emotional reflection to make up for it The speculative nature is not as pronounced as other stories, it seemed like ordinary literary fiction for at least the first half but it seems to meet the definition in an unusual way.Can You Wear My Eyes 2000 by Kalamu ya Salaam 4 stars Spooky and short, it loses a little steam by trying to cover so many issues, but it is a haunting idea about getting some perspective.Like Daughter 2000 by Tananarive Due 4 stars A spooky, philosophical tale rich in character development A little confusing because it is presented in a mysterious, keep you guessing format, but the ramifications of the situation reverberate long after the story concludes This one, like Tasting Songs, doesn t really get to the speculative element until near the end.Greedy Choke Puppy 2000 by Nalo Hopkinson 5 stars Haunting from the get go, this one is much darker, almost horror, than previous entries, and has a worthy, poignant ending The Creole diction and cadence peppered throughout creates a hypnotic rhythm that flavors the story.Rhythm Travel 1996 by Amiri Baraka 5 stars Fun, free floating little interlude with amazing wordplay Ellisonic , Dis Report on Appearance and some interesting ideas Some of the references definitely went over my head.Buddy Bolden 1996 by Kalamu ya Salaam 5 stars Wow, so beautiful I cried And the writing was so sumptuous I could taste the words Slight dependency on the female form as a stand in for sexual ecstacy, but the high minded ideas here than make up for it.Aye, and Gomorrah 1968 by Samuel R Delany 3 stars An interesting world idea, but the overall impression I got from this tale was of intolerance, which was not appealing, and not representative of why I read sci fi At one point he lumps homosexuality in with sexual fetishes, so I don t know if it dates the book or is a reflection of the author s sensibilities.Ganger Ball Lightining 2000 by Nalo Hopkinson 5 stars Wow, creepy, sensual, what the f ck Seems like Hopkinson may be an author to avoid late at night But I m definitely a fan.The Becoming 2000 by Akua Lezli Hope 4 stars Very short and efficient great world building considering the brevity I especially loved the realistic slang Had to take a point off because I did not understand Jason s role in the story, the mystery strayed too far into confusion by the end But the punchline is great, especially if you ve never read the concept before A later short story by a different author developed this idea further, but it s a spoiler for this story so read at your own risk view spoiler Paolo Bacigalupi s The Fluted Girl, currently available free here hide spoiler I love this book The short stories are all engaging I own this and re read it from time to time. As uneven as you d expect in an anthology this length, but well worth reading Has an Octavia Butler story that blew my mind a little I m in love with Nalo Hopkinson now too Gonna read the Loved this book So many great writers Some I had heard of, others not. excellent read by some of your favorite authors who you may not have known delve into science fiction Worth the time. This anthology is a useful collection and contains some wonderful fiction However, its subtitle, A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, led me to expect a collection of texts that really does attempt to represent the last century Instead, only one third of the book is constituted by stories that were published prior to the year 2000 ranging chronologically from 1887 to 1999 This places the emphasis of the book less on revealing how much black SF has been written in the past and the traditions of black SF or black writers who venture into SF and on introducing new voices in black SF and encouraging contemporary black writers of SF That is a worthy goal I don t mean to imply that it s not It s just not what I expected.The inclusion of the few short critical pieces at the end of the anthology is a nice touch Featuring essays by Samuel Delany, Charles Saunders, Walter Mosley, Paul Miller DJ Spooky , and Octavia Butler, the book approaches the question of race in science fiction from a variety of perspectives Regarding the stories themselves, there are many that are excellent I particularly enjoyed and might like to teach at some point the following Sister Lilith by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers 2000 , a re telling of the Creation story from the perspective of Lilith, Adam s first wife The Comet by W E B DuBois 1920 , which addresses issues of inequality and prejudice in the aftermath of a disaster that kills millions an excerpt from Black No More by George S Schuyler 1931 , a story about a scientist who invents a way to turn black people white and what happens as a result I plan to read the whole novel based on the excerpt included here separation anxiety by Evie Shockley 2000 , set in a future America built on segregation separation of racial groups Can You Wear My Eyes by Kalamu ya Salaam 2000 This one is interesting to me because it speaks less directly to racial experience and to the experience of gender Like Daughter by Tananarive Due 2000 , a story about abuse and second chances that made me cry The Evening and the Morning and the Night by Octavia Butler 1987 I just always like Butler The Space Traders by Derrick Bell 1992 , a story about politics and race relations in America, centered around a first contact scenario in which an alien race offers America wondrous technology and great riches in exchange for all African American citizens. Why don t they make white robots is the question posed by the lyrical and tragic story The Pretended by Darryl A Smith, one of the best stories collected in Dark Matter It works on all levels black themes, black author, using a future setting to say something related to the present, etc I love this story Unfortunately, not all the other stories are equally at home in the collection Some, like Gimmile s Songs by Charles R Saunders are good science fiction of their type, but use African themes merely as a kind of exotic setting Other stories are heavily into African identity projected into the future or the supernatural but they aren t otherwise the best representatives of their genre Some aren t stories at all, they are excerpts from novels which intrigue, but don t hold their own as short fiction No less than three stories feature time space travel by means of rhythm, which makes me wonder about the difference between stereotype and cliche.The earliest story in the book 1887 is a surprise and delight I had no idea W E B Du Bois wrote what we d now call science fiction Despite the inclusion of his excellent story, people who, like me, are interested in early speculative fiction, will be disappointed Seventeen of the collected stories are from 2000, which is not what I expected from a century of speculative fiction The scope of the collection is further limited by having some contemporary authors contribute than one story Still, there are some gems here Fans of the lesbian vampire novel The Gilda Stories will be pleased to see a new Gilda story here Evie Shockley offers insights into one reason human cloning holds a perhaps irresistible fascination for people who didn t get life right the first time There are stories by genre giants Samuel R Delany and Octavia E Butler, which are gateways to great science fiction for people who picked up the book for the African angle There are also some great essays by black science fiction authors about the role race plays in their writing or in the science fiction community.My overall impression, however, is of a confused and lazy anthology that would have benefited from a broader scope and introductory essays to help connect the stories to the stated theme of the collection.