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Octavia's Brood
Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements | Walidah Imarisha, adrienne maree brown
Whenever we envision a world without war, without prisons, without 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 twenty of them together in the first anthology of short stories to explore the connections between radical speculative fiction and movements for social change. The visionary tales ofOctavias Brood span genressci-fi, fantasy, horror, magical realismbut 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. The collection is rounded off with essays by Tananarive Due and Mumia Abu-Jamal, and a preface by Sheree Rene Thomas.
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bookishbitch
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The best thing about short story collections is that there is always at least one in them that I love. There were actually a few in this that were excellent. Of course there were also a few I didn't get at all. But that's ok, not every story works for every person. My daughter already called dibs to borrow this from me. I think she will enjoy (most of) it.

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Eeberst
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So frickin dope. Very enriching for a sci-fi fan.

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Beachesnbooks
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Feb TBR! Planning on participating in 2 readathons this month (#contemporaryathon and #tometopple ) and picking up books relevant to Black History Month, as well as my usual mood-reading. #tbr

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Bertha_Mason

"Seeking escape from the constraints of her life when she was twelve, Octavia [Butler] started watching a movie called _Devil Girls From Mars_, and she had the epiphany so many of us have experienced: "Hell, I can write better than that!" Thank goodness for bad science fiction movies."
-Tananarive Due, "The Only Lasting Truth: The Theme of Change in the Works of Octavia Butler"

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Bertha_Mason

This book led me to another one that's now on my list--Fire on the Mountain by Terry Bisson. I'm so excited to read it. I love when books lead me to other books ☺

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Beachesnbooks
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February TBR! I‘m #currentlyreading The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin as well as Good and Mad and Five Feet Apart, and I‘ve got a good stack to pick from once I finish those. Have you guys read any of these?

phatsallylee I'm about halfway thru severance. Not exactly sure how i feel about it! 4y
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Bibliogeekery
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😍🔥

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lauren.lerner
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I really enjoyed this collection of speculative fiction focusing on the genre‘s intersection with social justice. It was written by activists & authors alike, but with very few exceptions, the work was strong enough that I couldn‘t tell who the not-authors were as I read. (It also broke my #readersblock!! 🙌🏻)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • #speculativefiction #shortfiction

Favorite stories: Black Angel, The Long Memory, Small & Bright, Hollow, Children Who Fly

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lauren.lerner
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I have had #readersblock since the beginning of November and it‘s the worst. Three perfectly lovely books, each with an interesting and unique voice.... but I can‘t get myself to read them. It‘s unbearably frustrating.

So. I‘m going to put the stack on hold for a little while and switch gears with this collection of #shortfiction from social justice movements that follows the tradition of one of my all time favorite authors. 🤞🏻 this works!

Tamra 🤞🏾 4y
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2BR02B
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Today's Google graphic in honor of Octavia Butler's 71st birthday is giving me life. 💕

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Leah
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Day 6 of @bookriot #riotgrams is short stories - check out OCTAVIA‘S BROOD for stories at the intersection of science fiction and social justice.

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2BR02B
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Yippee! The shirts I ordered from #BookRiot arrived today! 😄 #BadassBroadsofSFF

vivastory I have this same tshirt. Badass indeed! 🤘📚 5y
Clare-Dragonfly OK, I'm kind of sick of those shirts, but that is the one that I would definitely consider buying and wearing. 5y
2BR02B @Clare-Dragonfly I usually don't care for them either. This one's the exception. 5y
Lylah Great shirt!! 5y
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BookInMyHands
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It's the end of Summer Reading at the library- happy day to me! Now for some short stories and ice cream to celebrate.

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Christine
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Thank you so, so much, @ReadingsByTheC, for the way generous and super thoughtfully curated #summersantagoespostal gifts!!! I truly adore them all. The books are a wonderful mix of titles that have been on my radar (Crooked Heart, which took me a second to recognize because I hadn't yet seen the paperback cover; and Octavia's Brood - social justice sci fi = 😍😍😍) ⬇️

Christine and those that are new-to-me (Grace - not sure how I missed this one, looks fantastic; and The Inquisitor's Tale, also sounds great, and such amazing illustrations inside!). I literally gasped when I pulled the Prince coloring book out of the bag and immediately hugged it. 😜💜🎸🙌 ⬇️ (edited) 6y
Christine And all the rest was equally perfect: a lovely note; exquisitely scented literary candles; pretty, unique journal; fun bookmark and stickers; awesomely metallic colored pencils; bonus independent bookstore bookmarks inside the books - right down to the too-cute bookish unicorn stickers on the note envelope!! 📚🦄💗 6y
ReadingsByTheC I am so glad you liked everything! It was so much fun shopping for you! 🤗 6y
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Christyco125 I'm very jealous of the Prince coloring book. I'm going to have to hunt one down. Do the sell just a pack of purple color pencils? 6y
EchoLogical Octavia's Brood looks amazing! 6y
Christine Aww, you're the best, @ReadingsByTheC!! ❤️ 6y
Christine @Christyco125 It is sooo great, and 😂 re: purple pencils!! 6y
Christine @EchoLogical Yes!! I am so looking forward to it! 6y
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RealLifeReading
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A book of speculative fiction short stories and the tiniest piece of breakfast brownie because it's so rich that's all I can consume at one go.

Ruri_kaichou At first glance I thought you ate some of it before you realized you wanted to take a photo. Then I read your blurb 😬😂 6y
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RealLifeReading
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Today's swim class read. Also it's the kindergartener's first day of spring break and my preschooler's last day of school before his spring break next week. Next week is going to be a tiring one!!

Louise We'll be here to greet you when you emerge from the tunnel of child-rearing next week! 😂🍀 6y
Eyelit I have that one pretty high on my list - hoping to get to it next month! Looking forward to your thoughts 😃 6y
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RealLifeReading
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Sometimes all you need is a bowl of steaming hot rice porridge and a book of short stories

Bibliogeekery Love that book 😍😍😍 6y
nelehelen That sounds perfect 6y
angrylilasian One of my favorite comfort foods. 😌 6y
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Chachic Porridge is such a comfort to eat! I love having it when I'm sick or even just on rainy days 6y
DebinHawaii Perfect! 🍚🍲📚👍 6y
josie281 I grew up in Alameda County so I love seeing that sticker! Such great memories of the library! 6y
Dragon My friends call this dish juk. My favourite is a mushroom and scallop version from a favourite restaurant in Vancouver. Pure comfort food 😀 6y
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silentrequiem
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I got dragged out to a wrap party for a TV show by my neighbor who is on the crew. And the entire time I just wanted to be home reading.

Finally back home in bed...

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Erin01
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RanaElizabeth Time travelers and dragons? Stacked! 6y
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Erin01
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my reading goals for 2017 include completing a few reading challenges (#LitsyAtoZ, #ReadHarder, and the PopSugar Challenge), read more diversely, & writing short reviews of all the books I read 📚
#readJanuary

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Erin01
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RanaElizabeth I love so much that this anthology exists in the world. 6y
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Bibliogeekery
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This isn't from Octavia's Brood - it's from Adrienne Maree Brown (one of the editors of Octavia's) instagram. It's from a solstice poem she wrote. 😍❄️🔥

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silentrequiem
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What a fantastic review!
#bestblurbs #seasonsreadings2016

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Liatrek
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Love independent book stores. I found this title in the Sci-Fi section. I'm looking forward to reading these stories inspired by Octavia Butler.

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pinkBBwhiskey
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"No one explained how herding up Asian and Arab Americans based on the color of their skin, seizing their property, and then forcibly incarcerating them without trial in work camps could be in their best interest. But then again, history had shown conclusively that the American public didn't need a complicated explanation as much as they needed a clear enemy to blame." - Bao Phi (Revolution Shuffle)

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SuperPunkNinja
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Squeeee! Early birthday gifts to myself. Do you ever get so excited about new books that you want to roll around on them? Um, yeah, me neither... 'cause that would be totally weird. Heh heh heh... #diversebooks

LindsayReads HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 🎂🎂 Way to treat yourself! 6y
SuperPunkNinja @lindsayreads Thank you!😊 6y
rachellayown Happy birthday! 6y
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WOCreads Happy Birthday!!🎉 So many excellent reads!! I also really want to read the Campbell anthology, love Rosarium Pub! 6y
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Erin01
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feeling sick is no fun but at least I've got lots of books to keep me company 🤒📚📖
I'm just starting this short story collection, but as it was named after Octivia Butler & focuses on social justice and visionary tales, I'm sure these stories will be filled with lots of #unforgettablewomen
#booktober #shortstories #octiviabutler

I-read-and-eat Get well soon! 💙 6y
valeriegeary Books are the best medicine! 6y
DuckOfDoom Get well soon! 📚 6y
BibliophileMomma Get well soon! 6y
Erin01 Thanks! @I-read-and-eat, @DuckOfDoom, @Tiffness83 & yes @valeriegeary sometimes they are 📚 6y
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WOCreads
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Social justice speculative fiction or visionary fiction!✊💜

#diversebooks #speculativefiction #socialjustice

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Erin01
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here are two speculative fiction collections that are #outofthisworld for #booktober - Octavia's Brood is still in my TBR pile but I read Sisters of the Revolution this year and enjoyed it 📚

lovelybookshelf Speculative fiction is my fave! Need to add this to my list. 6y
lovelybookshelf These* 6y
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readordierachel
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Went to the library to return a book, with the best intentions of going home emptyhanded to start making inroads into the mountain of books on my shelf. Came home with 4 more books. Of course.

MrBook 😂😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😻😻😻 6y
Chessa Same thing happens to me all the time! I would like to borrow this entire stack! 6y
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silentrequiem
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Ginger inspects my purchases from the Baltimore Book Festival.

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Bibliogeekery
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I'm revisiting this powerhouse of a book tonight. Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Movements is an amazing collection inspired by the teaching of Octavia Butler. The stories create worlds where race, sexuality, ability/disability, gender, violence and class are radically reimagined. 💓

BookishFeminist This is the book foe one of my book clubs this month! Haven't started it yet but I'm really excited. 😊 6y
ReadingEnvy Ooh sounds good 6y
Hobbinol I'm crazy about that quote!♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 6y
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Yamich49 💗💗💗 6y
MCYmermaid I have this on my Kobo & read it a story at a time -- only about halfway thru. 6y
Bibliogeekery @BookishFeminist - enjoy! I feel like it helps to remember that some of the people who were invited to contribute had never written before. The project is so incredible, some of the stories are stronger than others. Overall, it was such a pleasure to read and I watched a presentation by some of the contributors that was profoundly political, inspiring and amazing! 6y
Bibliogeekery @Hobbinol - it's a good one, isn't it? 6y
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Tehfraga
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Starting this finally.

Bibliogeekery LOVED this book! I'm almost ready for a re-read! 7y
Tehfraga Awesome!!! I hear so many amazing things about it. I'm excited to start reading! 7y
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Baileythebookworm
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Busboys and Poets is a restaurant in DC that has a Politics and Prose shop in the front and I'm still amazed I didn't just hand the guy my wallet and tell him to keep it. Amazing staff, delicious food, and so many awesomely diverse books 😍

BookishFeminist I love Busboys & Poets! I basically hand them my wallet when I walk in. Their food & coffee is so tasty + BOOKS. Which one did you go to? Are you visiting or do you live around here? I'm in Alexandria. 😄 7y
JPeterson Aww, yea! Busboys & Poets! 😍 7y
Baileythebookworm @BookishFeminist It was an awesome experience! My sister is interning in DC, so we went to visit her 🙂 We were at the one on 5th and K 7y
Baileythebookworm @JPeterson It was so great! 7y
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Bibliogeekery
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Diversity Friday. This book of Science Fiction Short Stories from Social Movements is inspired by the works and teachings of Octavia Butler. It is such an important contribution to visionary fiction. I can't recommend this book and the broader social project these folks are working on enough. BLM.

Chessa I've been wanting to read this forever and I know my library will never get it. May have to actually spring for it and make it part of my permanent collection. 7y
RealLifeReading Oh I saw this sometime ago and made a mental note to pick it up but forgot. Thanks for the reminder. 7y
quirkyreader I love Butler's work. Especially the Xenogenesis series. 7y
Bibliogeekery @quirkyreader - I Iove Butler's work too! 7y
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