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Octavia Butler would be proud of these writers. Her influence and imagination are all over these stories. "Tragic times do not beg for complexity," an observation in the first story is a terrifyingly topical note on how demagogues take power, one that reminds me of reading her "Parable" series during the white supremacist resurgence of the Nineties. It all felt so on the nose.
The stories are strong throughout and hold up a necessary and vivid mirror to the current political climate while remaining enormously entertaining.
Butler broadened the horizons of science fiction for millions. She grabbed the reins from the predominantly white men filling the shelves and asked what time travel, extra terrestrial contact, and the post-apocalypse could say for her. The children of Octavia that fill this collection, too ask how can speculative fiction bring their needs, their fears into view. And they succeed.
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I liked some of the stories, struggled to finish some, and just plain skipped others. Some of the stories seemed to have been written by professionals with experience in both writing and social justice "fields" and others seemed to have been written by novices or inexperienced students.
Overall I'm glad to have purchased this. I would recommend this for those new to the AfroFuturism genre and maybe even grade school to highschool classrooms.
The voice actor was a bit corny at times and off on her portrayals. For example, one story featured an old woman whose voice was supposed to sound like a young woman but the narrator read all of her parts with a stereotypical raspy old lady voice. Overall she did a good job. I say this while under the impression that this was made for
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