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Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice
Edited by adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha
“Like [Octavia] Butler's fiction, this collection is cartography, a map to freedom.” —dream hampton, filmmaker
Whenever we envision a world without war, prisons, or capitalism, we are producing speculative fiction. Organizers and activists envision, and try to create, such worlds all the time. Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown have brought 20 of them together in the first anthology of short stories to explore the connections between radical speculative fiction and movements for social change.
These visionary tales span genres—sci-fi, fantasy, horror, magical realism—but all are united by an attempt to inject a healthy dose of imagination and innovation into our political practice and to try on new ways of understanding ourselves, the world around us, and all the selves and worlds that could be. Also features essays by Tananarive Due and Mumia Abu-Jamal, and a preface by Sheree Renée Thomas.
Walidah Imarisha is a writer, organizer, educator, and spoken word artist. She is the author of the collection of poetry Scars/Stars. She has also facilitated writing workshops for students in community centers, youth detention facilities, and women’s prisons.
adrienne maree brown is a 2013 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow writing science fiction in Detroit. She received a 2013 Detroit Knight Arts Challenge Award to run a series of Octavia Butler-based writing workshops and has helped launch a network of Octavia Butler and Emergent Strategy Reading Groups for people interested in reading Octavia’s work from a political and strategic framework.
Paperback, First edition
April 7, 2015
5.5 x 1.25 x 8 inches