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In this first-ever anthology of Indigenous science fiction Grace Dillon collects some of the finest examples of the craft with contributions by Native American, First Nations, Aboriginal Australian, and New Zealand Maori authors. The collection includes seminal authors such as Gerald Vizenor, historically important contributions often categorized as "magical realism" by au In this first-ever anthology of Indigenous science fiction Grace Dillon collects some of the finest examples of the craft with contributions by Native American, First Nations, Aboriginal Australian, and New Zealand Maori authors. The collection includes seminal authors such as Gerald Vizenor, historically important contributions often categorized as "magical realism" by authors like Leslie Marmon Silko and Sherman Alexie, and authors more recognizable to science fiction fans like William Sanders and Stephen Graham Jones. Dillon's engaging introduction situates the pieces in the larger context of science fiction and its conventions. Organized by sub-genre, the book starts with Native slipstream, stories infused with time travel, alternate realities and alternative history like Vizenor's "Custer on the Slipstream." Next up are stories about contact with other beings featuring, among others, an excerpt from Gerry William's The Black Ship. Dillon includes stories that highlight Indigenous science like a piece from Archie Weller's Land of the Golden Clouds, asserting that one of the roles of Native science fiction is to disentangle that science from notions of "primitive" knowledge and myth. The fourth section calls out stories of apocalypse like William Sanders' "When This World Is All on Fire" and a piece from Zainab Amadahy's The Moons of Palmares. The anthology closes with examples of biskaabiiyang, or "returning to ourselves," bringing together stories like Eden Robinson's "Terminal Avenue" and a piece from Robert Sullivan's Star Waka. An essential book for readers and students of both Native literature and science fiction, Walking the Clouds is an invaluable collection. It brings together not only great examples of Native science fiction from an internationally-known cast of authors, but Dillon's insightful scholarship sheds new light on the traditions of imagining an Indigenous future.


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In this first-ever anthology of Indigenous science fiction Grace Dillon collects some of the finest examples of the craft with contributions by Native American, First Nations, Aboriginal Australian, and New Zealand Maori authors. The collection includes seminal authors such as Gerald Vizenor, historically important contributions often categorized as "magical realism" by au In this first-ever anthology of Indigenous science fiction Grace Dillon collects some of the finest examples of the craft with contributions by Native American, First Nations, Aboriginal Australian, and New Zealand Maori authors. The collection includes seminal authors such as Gerald Vizenor, historically important contributions often categorized as "magical realism" by authors like Leslie Marmon Silko and Sherman Alexie, and authors more recognizable to science fiction fans like William Sanders and Stephen Graham Jones. Dillon's engaging introduction situates the pieces in the larger context of science fiction and its conventions. Organized by sub-genre, the book starts with Native slipstream, stories infused with time travel, alternate realities and alternative history like Vizenor's "Custer on the Slipstream." Next up are stories about contact with other beings featuring, among others, an excerpt from Gerry William's The Black Ship. Dillon includes stories that highlight Indigenous science like a piece from Archie Weller's Land of the Golden Clouds, asserting that one of the roles of Native science fiction is to disentangle that science from notions of "primitive" knowledge and myth. The fourth section calls out stories of apocalypse like William Sanders' "When This World Is All on Fire" and a piece from Zainab Amadahy's The Moons of Palmares. The anthology closes with examples of biskaabiiyang, or "returning to ourselves," bringing together stories like Eden Robinson's "Terminal Avenue" and a piece from Robert Sullivan's Star Waka. An essential book for readers and students of both Native literature and science fiction, Walking the Clouds is an invaluable collection. It brings together not only great examples of Native science fiction from an internationally-known cast of authors, but Dillon's insightful scholarship sheds new light on the traditions of imagining an Indigenous future.

30 review for Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Haliation

    AWW YEAH. This will be read after finals. A quick gripe: Really, REALLY side-eyeing Charles De Lint's "review" on the back. "Though I'm not usually a fan of anthologies compiled by race, sex, etc., this book is so good that I'm happy to have these stories collected together however it came about. Don't read this because they're stories by Native American writers. Read them because they're damn good stories by damn good writers." Did he actually read it? Does he know that "Indigenous" doesn't just m AWW YEAH. This will be read after finals. A quick gripe: Really, REALLY side-eyeing Charles De Lint's "review" on the back. "Though I'm not usually a fan of anthologies compiled by race, sex, etc., this book is so good that I'm happy to have these stories collected together however it came about. Don't read this because they're stories by Native American writers. Read them because they're damn good stories by damn good writers." Did he actually read it? Does he know that "Indigenous" doesn't just mean "Native American"? (this anthology also includes Maori, Caribbean, Taíno, and Australian Aboriginal authors) Does he not understand the importance of "race" in this particular context and post-colonial writing? Disregarding the fact that they are Indigenous writers kind of misses the point of this book...so disappointed in him, man.

  2. 4 out of 5

    autumn

    dnf at 170 pgs i just think this went over my head - the language in the prefaces to each story was VERY academic. the stories i read were all either barely science fiction or nearly incomprehensibly science fiction. it didnt help that the majority of the stories were selections from longer books (rather than short stories) that required a LOT of context to parse TLDR unfortunately, this collection wasn't for me. someone looking for an academic science fiction anthology might love it though! dnf at 170 pgs i just think this went over my head - the language in the prefaces to each story was VERY academic. the stories i read were all either barely science fiction or nearly incomprehensibly science fiction. it didnt help that the majority of the stories were selections from longer books (rather than short stories) that required a LOT of context to parse TLDR unfortunately, this collection wasn't for me. someone looking for an academic science fiction anthology might love it though!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Aisteach

    This is a fascinating academic text. Dillion does a beautiful job creating a survey of Native American speculative fiction, weaving insightful commentary throughout. Unfortunately, this book's greatest weakness is as an anthology. Very few of the included works are standalone short stories. The overwhelming majority are excerpts from longer works. And although Dillon did a good job of selecting excerpts that make sense out of context, the book feels like a series of pointers to novels that we sh This is a fascinating academic text. Dillion does a beautiful job creating a survey of Native American speculative fiction, weaving insightful commentary throughout. Unfortunately, this book's greatest weakness is as an anthology. Very few of the included works are standalone short stories. The overwhelming majority are excerpts from longer works. And although Dillon did a good job of selecting excerpts that make sense out of context, the book feels like a series of pointers to novels that we should all be reading as part of a seminar rather than as a satisfying collection of short fiction. I feel Dillon's pain, of course, as there really isn't a large body of short fiction by Native authors that would fit the narrowly defined parameters of her own narrative, but the choice limits the usefulness of this book to those with an academic interest and, unfortunately, makes it less accessible to the pleasure reader. I do, however, hope that this anthology sparks interest in Native American science fiction, because SF could really use more Indigenous voices.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ed Erwin

    Took me ages and I still never finished it. I guess the problem is that it is mostly excerpts from longer works rather than complete stories. Or maybe I've just had too many other things grabbing my attention. I'm glad to have read the excerpt from "Midnight Robber". I don't think I'll read the rest of that book. The only author here I will likely seek out in future is Sherman Alexie. Took me ages and I still never finished it. I guess the problem is that it is mostly excerpts from longer works rather than complete stories. Or maybe I've just had too many other things grabbing my attention. I'm glad to have read the excerpt from "Midnight Robber". I don't think I'll read the rest of that book. The only author here I will likely seek out in future is Sherman Alexie.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cait

    2.5 :\ Was really hoping to like this a lot more!!! It is so, so, so off-puttingly disjointedly academic in a weird way; I kept having to reread passages in the intro and intros because I just could not make head nor tail of what was being said. It felt messy, like someone's thesis that could have stood a SIGHT more editing. And, as many other people have stated, don't be fooled: this is not actually a short story anthology; MOST of the entries are excerpts from longer novels, and most of those s 2.5 :\ Was really hoping to like this a lot more!!! It is so, so, so off-puttingly disjointedly academic in a weird way; I kept having to reread passages in the intro and intros because I just could not make head nor tail of what was being said. It felt messy, like someone's thesis that could have stood a SIGHT more editing. And, as many other people have stated, don't be fooled: this is not actually a short story anthology; MOST of the entries are excerpts from longer novels, and most of those selections do not work as standalones. I think the way in which this worked best for me was as a sort of primer/intro type of thing like 'hey, there's a whole bunch of indigenous speculative fiction out there!!' and I was introduced to authors I hadn't heard of and blah blah etc, so now my next task is to go through the book's recs and decide which of those texts might work out better for me than this one, which tbh felt like reading a book for school (tbh I was skimming at times!!), which is never a good thing. It's like, take the already unpredictable nature of the anthology, which is often super uneven to begin with, and then make it further unpalatable by having a bunch of academics (the people who edited this are really lovely and earnest and passionate and good people, I feel certain!! just...a little...misguided) render it nigh incomprehensible. I don't know, it was such a disappointment! But, again, going to be using this as a jumping-off point to get into what I am sure is a totally awesome sphere of writing. Some standout entries, for me: "Aunt Parnetta's Electric Blisters," by Diane Glancy, wasn't bad at all "Flight," by Sherman Alexie, wasn't bad either "Men on the Moon," by Simon Ortiz, was quite excellent, and likely my favorite from the whole thing "When This World Is All on Fire," by William Sanders, was very compelling although indicative of how much of a dude-skewed viewpoint even a collection like this can have!! (12 entries by men, 7 by women) (also fuck charles de lint for that back-cover review lol)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ai Miller

    A solid collection and introduction to indigenous sci-fi. It's worth noting that at this stage, this functions maybe more as a kind of potential space for foundations for indigenous sci-fi, rather than necessarily a place to explore new works or authors; there's been a huge amount of work put out after this (especially in the young adult arenas) that might be worth checking out if you're looking to avoid, say, Sherman Alexie's work. Nevertheless, Dillon's analysis and introductions are very soli A solid collection and introduction to indigenous sci-fi. It's worth noting that at this stage, this functions maybe more as a kind of potential space for foundations for indigenous sci-fi, rather than necessarily a place to explore new works or authors; there's been a huge amount of work put out after this (especially in the young adult arenas) that might be worth checking out if you're looking to avoid, say, Sherman Alexie's work. Nevertheless, Dillon's analysis and introductions are very solid, and the excerpts are great places to move towards the larger works. I definitely came away from this with many more books and stories to look for. I couldn't necessarily name a "favorite" among these--they were all so different and interesting and good, and I think you get a good taste of the number of different themes and kinds of stories.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Feral Academic

    This anthology opened worlds to me. Grace Dillon takes us across a broad landscape of subgenres and perspectives and offers commentary I found enlightening and just thorough enough. She sent me scurrying to add books to my "to read" list every few stories. This anthology opened worlds to me. Grace Dillon takes us across a broad landscape of subgenres and perspectives and offers commentary I found enlightening and just thorough enough. She sent me scurrying to add books to my "to read" list every few stories.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Full Stop

    http://www.full-stop.net/2012/08/30/r... Review by Lindsey Catherine Cornum For the geeky Indian tired of reading and watching science fiction about white heroes conquering red planets, Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction is what the recent release of The New Yorker Science Fiction Issue was for other nerdy types—the validation of something that has for too long been ignored. In this case, not just the perennially-overlooked Indigenous voices but the weird Indigenous voi http://www.full-stop.net/2012/08/30/r... Review by Lindsey Catherine Cornum For the geeky Indian tired of reading and watching science fiction about white heroes conquering red planets, Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction is what the recent release of The New Yorker Science Fiction Issue was for other nerdy types—the validation of something that has for too long been ignored. In this case, not just the perennially-overlooked Indigenous voices but the weird Indigenous voices of speculative and science fiction. Edited by the ever-insightful Grace L. Dillon, Walking the Clouds is the first anthology to bring together writers from around the world representing not only their own tribal literature but also the burgeoning movement of Indigenous futurism. This inherently radical literature dares to project the Vanishing Indian, victim of genocide or modern despondency, far into the future and onto a genre that re-envisions the world through uniquely Indigenous perspectives. 

 Walking the Clouds is not just an introduction to what Indigenous Futurism is, but a continuous attempt to create the subject of its study. To that end, the stories and excerpts are rather short with Dillon’s introduction and analysis defining and guiding us through the conceptual framework of each brief piece. The book is more an encyclopedia of ideas than a true collection of stories, providing a useful road map thorough previously scattered works while pointing out valuable sources to revisit. The driving tension of this exploration is between what Indigenous futurism shares with science fiction and what it subverts. For Stephen Graham Jones, a self-proclaimed follower of “Blackfeet physics,” the time-bending, multidimensional quality of science fiction is simply an extension of tribal tradition. Neither Dillon nor I would go so far as to say all Indigenous literature is inherently science fiction, but what this anthology does reveal is that Indigenous science fiction is not new: it is simply a new way to group aspects that have shot through certain Indigenous literature and perceptions for a very long time. Read more here: http://www.full-stop.net/2012/08/30/r...

  9. 5 out of 5

    ❄Elsa Frost❄

    This is a fantastic idea for an anthology, no doubt about it. It's a collection of Indigenous Science Fiction. This means that it includes Native Americans, First Nations, Aboriginal Australian, and New Zealand Maoris. A great thing, to be certain. I wanted to read not only from the perspectives I'm more familiar with--such as Native American groups from the U.S. and Tainos from the Caribbean--, but also from other Natives of other locations. This offered that variety of perspectives, and I'm gr This is a fantastic idea for an anthology, no doubt about it. It's a collection of Indigenous Science Fiction. This means that it includes Native Americans, First Nations, Aboriginal Australian, and New Zealand Maoris. A great thing, to be certain. I wanted to read not only from the perspectives I'm more familiar with--such as Native American groups from the U.S. and Tainos from the Caribbean--, but also from other Natives of other locations. This offered that variety of perspectives, and I'm grateful for the extended perspective. As always, each of us can benefit greatly from other perspectives aside from those we have been exposed to. Now, this next thing I'm going to mention is somewhat a positive, yet somewhat a negative. Y'see, most of the works included here are from larger works. This is a positive thing in the sense that you can be exposed to more Indigenous writers through this book, and pursue their works after reading the excerpts. However, this is somewhat a negative too. Usually, an anthology may include a few pieces that are excerpts from larger works, but this one features a lot of excerpts (13/19, to be more exact). I think that's too many. Again, I understand that it's exposing the larger audience to the vast amount of Indigenous writers out there. But you gotta admit, this isn't very common to do in anthologies, mainly because you don't want to have the reader bugged down by the enormous number of excerpts that don't really have satisfactory endings because they aren't ended. As for the stories... something I did not like is that this is a science fiction anthology. Some of these stories... aren't science fiction, by any means. And so I'm trying to figure out how some non-science-fiction stories managed to be included here...? Is there something I'm missing in the interpretation...? Some of the works here are strong pieces. I absolutely loved the story "Men on the Moon" by Simon Ortiz, for example. Some works, however, I wasn't really fond of--which is to be expected from an anthology. It's rare to find someone who loves absolutely every work featured in it. Overall, this is pretty good. Personally, I give it 3.75 stars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dan Clore

    Not just a science fiction anthology on a particular theme, as the editor used her expertise in Science Fiction Studies and Indigenous Nations Studies to take a cross-disciplinary approach that allowed her to put together a selection of first-rate science fiction (or science fictional) short stories and novel excerpts whose theme broadens the scope of the genre. The authors come from various Indigenous backgrounds (Native American, First Nations, Aboriginal, Maori, sometimes intersecting with Afr Not just a science fiction anthology on a particular theme, as the editor used her expertise in Science Fiction Studies and Indigenous Nations Studies to take a cross-disciplinary approach that allowed her to put together a selection of first-rate science fiction (or science fictional) short stories and novel excerpts whose theme broadens the scope of the genre. The authors come from various Indigenous backgrounds (Native American, First Nations, Aboriginal, Maori, sometimes intersecting with African, just as Indigenous Futurism intersects with Afro-Futurism), but the book is not simply a selection of SF stories by writers from a particular group "identity", or even simply informed by the social position that comes with that background (though such "Skin thinking" is one theme of the volume, but not just between Indigenous peoples and Eurowestern colonizers but in a network of relations between different tribes, nonhumans, post-cyberpunk neotribalists, etc). Above all, this is an anthology of work informed by the authors' multi-cultural perspectives, of science fiction informed by Indigenous models of reality and Indigenous narrative techniques. In some cases, the Indigenous SF included actually anticipates mainstream SF. For example, a form now recognizable as Native Slipstream, based on cultural models similar to scientific models of non-linear time, the multiverse, alternative histories, etc., not only anticipates the mainstream SF subgenre slipstream, the first example here, Gerald Vizenor's "Custer on the Slipstream", includes the word in its title. The anthology is divided into five sections: The Native Slipstream; Contact; Indigenous Science and Sustainability; Native Apocalypse; and Biskaabiiyang, "Returning to Ourselves", but most of the selections could fit in more than one category. The one major criticism I have is that two-thirds of the selections are novel excerpts, but I trust the editor's decision based on her knowledge of the material, and actually didn't really mind much in this case. Several excerpts definitely make me think I want to read the whole novel, such as the piece from Nalo Hopkinson's Midnight Robber.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sérgio Pelado

    "Walking the Clouds" provides a quintessential point-of-view to the sci-fi lover, focusing entirely on fiction written by those to whom the Apocalypse has already happened: Indigenous people. Indigenous North-American, Caribbean and even Maori sci-fi writers reflect, on their futurist tales and novels, on the centuries of oppression at the hands of the self-proclaimed superior civilization, i.e. Euro/Western colonizers, and how Indigenous knowledge has so much to offer to a World which rapidly pl "Walking the Clouds" provides a quintessential point-of-view to the sci-fi lover, focusing entirely on fiction written by those to whom the Apocalypse has already happened: Indigenous people. Indigenous North-American, Caribbean and even Maori sci-fi writers reflect, on their futurist tales and novels, on the centuries of oppression at the hands of the self-proclaimed superior civilization, i.e. Euro/Western colonizers, and how Indigenous knowledge has so much to offer to a World which rapidly plunges towards self-destruction. On that topic, "Walking the Clouds"' contributors walk much more closely to the original, cautionary purpose of science fiction than many of their much more marketed counterparts. Some have complained about the excess of novels' snippets in the anthology, and therefore lack of complete short stories, but I found the cuts made by the editor to the bigger works quite well-trimmed, and so much of those snippets work as short stories themselves, contributing to a sense of unity that pervades "Walking the Clouds". If there’s a minor repair to be made to this anthology, it is the fact that the literary merit of some of the selected fiction is somewhat questionable, but given all the different authors featured in the book, I was not expecting all of them to be my cup of tea.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Emma Gerts

    This was sadly a little middle of the road for me. That's not necessarily because of any weakness of the stories themselves, but more the way this was structured. Because more often than not, these actually weren't short stories, but many of them were excerpts from novels. Which I feel like is not quite the same reading experience as a collection of short stories, and not one I'm specifically fond of. Scenes from a novel are meant to be read as part of a novel, where short stories are designed t This was sadly a little middle of the road for me. That's not necessarily because of any weakness of the stories themselves, but more the way this was structured. Because more often than not, these actually weren't short stories, but many of them were excerpts from novels. Which I feel like is not quite the same reading experience as a collection of short stories, and not one I'm specifically fond of. Scenes from a novel are meant to be read as part of a novel, where short stories are designed to be read in isolation. On top of that, I felt like many of these stories were over-explained (possibly necessitated by having so many excerpts that needed context). The introduction to each story seemed to me to be telling me why I should like it, how clever or subversive it was, instead of just letting me enjoy the stories for themselves. As a result, this felt like a bit of a slog. Some of the stories were really good, which is why I gaave it a 3 star rating, but on the whole this wasn't the best reading experience. I think I would have preferred to just read the stories on their own, without the length prologues.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pat MacEwen

    An interesting introduction to spec fic by indigenous authors, mostly North American but also including Maori, Australian Aboriginal and Caribbean voices. Some of it was enthralling, to me, though I don't normally care that much for the slipstream approach in anybody's fiction. Magic realism sometimes works for me, and sometimes doesn't, which is probably more a reflection on me and my addiction to traditional story structure than the works themselves. I was especially impressed with work by Nal An interesting introduction to spec fic by indigenous authors, mostly North American but also including Maori, Australian Aboriginal and Caribbean voices. Some of it was enthralling, to me, though I don't normally care that much for the slipstream approach in anybody's fiction. Magic realism sometimes works for me, and sometimes doesn't, which is probably more a reflection on me and my addiction to traditional story structure than the works themselves. I was especially impressed with work by Nalo Hopkinson and Andrea Hairston, Simon Ortiz, William Sanders, and Misha. All of the entries come with introductory material of great interest, but most of the entries themselves are not complete stories. They are, instead, chapters selected from longer works, usually novels. If you are looking for a place to start, this book will give you a lot of pointers, but be prepared for frustration when you get into a story and there is no ending available here. So go find the whole book it came from, right? Now that you know it's out there!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    "I don't read a lot of sci-fi" is a lie I tell people. In reality, I don't read a lot of the typical (white male) sci-fi canon. This anthology is made up of stories from communities I am not privy to, communities my knowledge of is pretty shallow, even though I live on land that belonged to the Dakota people before it was stolen by white settlers. So this is a warning for white people: this book will not be kind to us. This is a book about contact and land and scars. Some stories are harder than "I don't read a lot of sci-fi" is a lie I tell people. In reality, I don't read a lot of the typical (white male) sci-fi canon. This anthology is made up of stories from communities I am not privy to, communities my knowledge of is pretty shallow, even though I live on land that belonged to the Dakota people before it was stolen by white settlers. So this is a warning for white people: this book will not be kind to us. This is a book about contact and land and scars. Some stories are harder than others. All of them are fascinating in their own right. The point of reading this book was to make myself uncomfortable. But it was also really deeply fulfilling to read stories written by voices, some familiar, some new to me, that tell me things about communities I need to learn more about.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Gazelle

    I was really excited to get my hands on this book and get a glimpse of speculative fiction and sci fi from a different perspective. Unfortunately, this anthology mostly includes exceprts from novels and in the end just comes across as disjointed and kind of a chore to slog through. Instead of inspiring one to search further and read the source material, I felt disinterested by the vast majority of the works, and I feel like that may be the antithesis of an anthology

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    Great collection. Really well organized, with great framing in the introductions to the volume and the individual selections. My one complaint is that it's a little heavy on novel excerpts rather than short stories, and I often felt that I wasn't getting enough context to fully appreciate the excerpts. On the other hand I now have a dozen new novels on my "to read" list. Great collection. Really well organized, with great framing in the introductions to the volume and the individual selections. My one complaint is that it's a little heavy on novel excerpts rather than short stories, and I often felt that I wasn't getting enough context to fully appreciate the excerpts. On the other hand I now have a dozen new novels on my "to read" list.

  17. 5 out of 5

    A.

    There are some incredible stories in this anthology. 'Custer on the Slipstream' and 'Men on the Moon' are two extremely powerful and fascinating examples. Unfortunately, Grace L. Dillon's forewards do little to provide the necessary context for understanding the excerpts from novels. This makes reading the excerpts provided frequently frustrating and confusing. There are some incredible stories in this anthology. 'Custer on the Slipstream' and 'Men on the Moon' are two extremely powerful and fascinating examples. Unfortunately, Grace L. Dillon's forewards do little to provide the necessary context for understanding the excerpts from novels. This makes reading the excerpts provided frequently frustrating and confusing.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Daggry

    Rather than an anthology of short stories--standalone works of Indigenous SF--this is a collection of readings that illustrate various categories of indigenous futurisms. Some of the readings are short stories; most are excerpts from novels. Since some of the novels were already on my TBR, I'll be skipping much of this book. Rather than an anthology of short stories--standalone works of Indigenous SF--this is a collection of readings that illustrate various categories of indigenous futurisms. Some of the readings are short stories; most are excerpts from novels. Since some of the novels were already on my TBR, I'll be skipping much of this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    I loved this book. Also, some of the stories were excerpts from novels, so it gave me a lot of further reading material to explore! My favorite novel excerpt was from Red Spider, White Web, and my favorite short story was Men on the Moon.

  20. 5 out of 5

    MFCOMMAND

    I expected a whole lot more out of this anthology collection of stories. As soon as I realized it contained mostly excerpts from full books rather than self-contained short stories, my interest in reading it diminished. It gives an okay idea of the writers that are out there, but I was so lost & disinterested in the included excerpts. The few stand-alone short stories were great though.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Holly Mcentee

    This was more of an academic textbook than a fun collection of stories to read (many of the stories were excerpts from longer works). Nonetheless I enjoyed sampling authors I'd not read before, and I do appreciate having a look at a non-WASP approach to science fiction. This was more of an academic textbook than a fun collection of stories to read (many of the stories were excerpts from longer works). Nonetheless I enjoyed sampling authors I'd not read before, and I do appreciate having a look at a non-WASP approach to science fiction.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael Kilman

    This is an excellent text got exploring a unique perspective on the future. It gave me a number of things to think about that I had not considered as either an academic or a sci-fi writer. I highly recommend this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marcia Chapman

    Speculative fiction is an interesting way to address issues of colonialism and the experience of indigenous peoples. As with all collections of short stories some were better than others. My favorite was the one by Nalo Hopkinson but many were good.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    A look a indigenous science fiction - with some discussion about what that means - selections from books and stories on this theme. I had actually hoped for a collection of short stories so I was slightly disappointed - although I now have a few more books and authors on my - to read list.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    The stories and excerpts are excellent, but the anthology is written as a textbook with lots of introductory material that was of little value to me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    A fine collection. I have added many of the novels that were excerpted to my to-read pile.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie Anne

    Good start point if you want to discover some indigenous sf authors but the snippets can be confusing and the intros heavy/dry

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Cavanaugh

    A good cross-section for study, but too many excerpts of longer works to actually get into and enjoy. Now I have to read Refugees, though, and everything by Sherman Alexie.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shona

    3.5 Parts are bewildering, others fascinating! Provokes much thought and learning.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    This is a very varied book, with a lot of different narrative styles represented in the different stories. The first section focuses on an approach called "slipstream", where lots of different times and places interweave. I have to say it's an approach I didn't really get, but expect that were one fluent in such a tradition they would be interesting. Of the rest of the collection, the ones I particularly enjoyed are as follows. Flight: this is about a young native person dealing with the trauma o This is a very varied book, with a lot of different narrative styles represented in the different stories. The first section focuses on an approach called "slipstream", where lots of different times and places interweave. I have to say it's an approach I didn't really get, but expect that were one fluent in such a tradition they would be interesting. Of the rest of the collection, the ones I particularly enjoyed are as follows. Flight: this is about a young native person dealing with the trauma of growing up orphaned, interacting with the police etc. Refugees: this is about the interactions of various waves of humans who have been transported from earth, ostensibly in order to protect the environment. It is an exploration of the notion of beneficent colonisation. Midnight Robber: this is about a father and daughter who are banished to a desert/bush style environment, who are accosted by an alien guide. Land Of The Golden Clouds: this is about a bunch of Rastafarian pirates who establish a trading colony in (I believe) Australia, and the development of the local culture that at first takes them as gods did do their advanced technology. When All This World Is On Fire: this is about a post-climate-change world where the native american reservations are being overrun with refugees from lowland areas of the USA, which have been flooded. It follows the life of a tribal police officer as he polices attempts at appropriation of tribal lands. The Moons Of Palmares: this is about a technologically surpassed planet being colonised by a Terran corporation, in order to extract minerals. It explores neo-colonialism and how local political independence, without control over resources and their extraction, means little. Unfortunately, the majority of this book is actually extracts, and not actually short stories. As a result, I have some more books to go read, but feel like I've missed out on what I was really after, which was self contained, indigenous, sci-fi stories.

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