Thursday, 21 November 2013

Cover Art – ‘Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond’ (Edited by Bill Campbell & Edward Austin Hall)

Why the post? Look at the cover art and you’ll know right away… :o)

Isn’t that just gorgeous? The kind of vibrant cover art that brings a little colour to these increasingly dull looking autumn mornings. I really want to read this collection (I have an electronic review copy) but it’s just that tiny bit too large to fit comfortably on my phone (reading fifty or sixty words at a time, then turning the page, makes for a reading rhythm that I can’t quite hack over longer books) so it might be a while before I can do it justice. I want to review the book as a whole, not just cherry pick stories. In the meantime, have a look at the press release that came with the review copy.

On Friday, October 18 [Graeme’s Note: Yep, I know but I’ve been busy…], a bold, new anthology, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond, will be hitting the streets. The goal of this anthology is to give “space” some much-needed color. As publisher, Bill Campbell, stated:

“When we look up at the night sky, space is black as far as the eye can see. Yet, when we read novels about it or watch something on TV or in the movie theater, it is white beyond all comprehension.”

Featuring the works of such stellar talents as Junot Díaz, Lauren Beukes, Victor LaValle, Linda D. Addison, S.P. Somtow, and more, Mothership not only represents the emerging diversity in the speculative fiction field but also that diversity's quality. The Pulitzer, American Book Award, Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, James Tiptree, and countless other awards are represented by the writers in this collection.

You can get yourself a copy of Mothership’ via

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