…and it matters.
Saturday November 14, 2015
They are walking, all the people on the road today, on the road to the sea, the Mediterranean sea, walking from a camp to the shore to a boat. Into the boat, a boat with too many people, onto the sea, cold, a little sick from the motion of waves, scared of what’s behind them in the places they fled, the dust and despair of their lost, annihilated homes; and scared of the waters ahead, so many dead and drowned on the way, and they grieve it all. They grieve news of their enemy, murderous and amok in the streets they long for, the living streets of Europe where they hope to find shelter, to find their humanity again, to sleep without fear. In this boat, on this sea they can’t sleep, they hold the ones they love, or hold themselves among strangers if they have no one left, no loved one to share the journey as day turns to night, but as long as the boat is moving there is hope, which is all they search for, only that.
They are walking, all the children on the road tonight, on the roads through Mexico, walking alone, some walking without shoes toward the northern border, toward a country they imagine feeds its children well—
Recommend this for readers of speculative fiction set in current or nearly current time. Compelling characters that crossover adult readers will enjoy.
Diverse content: Reese Holloway is the main character and a white girl. The dreamy heartthrob is Asian American David Li rendered in sizzling detail. That goes mostly unrequited (SPOILER ALERT, er, sorry kinda belated there) but meanwhile another dreamy heartthrob rolls in on a skateboard and her name is Amber Gray.
Study this for tight pacing, intriguing SF speculation, and believable romantic relationships, particularly the romance between Reese and Amber.
Racism and Science Fiction — classic essay by Samual Delany, an essential text from 1998.
Zen Cho on fantasy — an article from the Independent.
It’s okay to admit that Lovecraft was racist — an article on Salon.
Black to the Future — Philadelphia Weekly reports on the Ferguson is the Future symposium on speculative fiction. Click on that link and you’ll be listening to amazing speculative fiction writers take on questions of race, of voice, of philosophy, Afrofuturism and so so much more.