photo by David Findlay, 2011
Nalo Hopkinson, a Jamaican Canadian, is the author of novels Brown Girl in the Ring (1998), Midnight Robber (2000), The Salt Roads (2003), The New Moon's Arms (2007), and the short fiction collection Skin Folk (2001). She is a recipient of the John W. Campbell Award, the Locus Award, the World Fantasy Award, and has twice received the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her work has twice been on the New York Public Library "Stuff for the Teen Age" list. Her science fiction novel Midnight Robber received Honourable Mention for a novel written in creole in Cuba's “Casa de las Americas” prize for literature. She was a founding member of the Carl Brandon Society, which exists to further the conversation on race and ethnicity in science fiction and fantasy. She is currently Associate Professor specializing in speculative literatures in the Creative Writing Department of the University of California Riverside. The Chaos, her first YA novel, appeared in 2012, and her novel Sister Mine followed in 2013. Hopkinson splits her time between California and Toronto, Canada.
Report from Planet Midnight
Author: Nalo Hopkinson
Publisher: PM Press/Outspoken Authors
Published July 2012
Size: 7.5 by 5
Page count: 128 Pages
Subjects: Fantasy/Science Fiction/Gender
Nalo Hopkinson has been busily (and wonderfully) “subverting the genre” since her first novel, Brown Girl in the Ring, won a Locus Award for SF and Fantasy in 1999. Since then she has acquired a prestigious World Fantasy Award, a legion of adventurous and aware fans, a reputation for intellect seasoned with humor, and a place of honor in the short list of SF writers who are tearing down the walls of category and transporting readers to previously unimagined planets and realms.
Never one to hold her tongue, Hopkinson takes on sexism and racism in publishing in “Report from Planet Midnight,” a historic and controversial presentation to her colleagues and fans.
“Message in a Bottle,” a radical new twist on the time travel tale that demolishes the sentimental myth of childhood innocence; and “Shift,” a tempestuous erotic adventure in which Caliban gets the girl. Or does he?
And Featuring: Our Outspoken Interview, an intimate one-on-one that delivers a wealth of insight, outrage, irreverence, and top-secret Caribbean spells.
“A genuine vitality and generosity…one of the more important and original voices in SF.” —Publishers Weekly
“Out-of-the-ordinary science fiction.“ —Kirkus Reviews
“The plot and style get an early grip on you, the reader, and you don't let go till story's end. Hopkinson is a genuine find!“ —Locus
“Hopkinson has had a remarkable impact on popular fiction. Her work continues to question the very genres she adopts, transforming them from within through her fierce intelligence and her commitment to a radical vision that refuses easy consumption.” —Globe and Mail
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This too-brief collection for PM's Outspoken Authors series assembles four diverse works by Jamaican-born, Canada-dwelling author Hopkinson (The Chaos). The short stories "Shift" and "Message in a Bottle" are striking, especially the latter, in which an artist is granted the rare gift of knowing just how much his work will affect the people of the future. "Report from Planet Midnight" is a "somewhat performative" keynote speech for the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, written in the context of the heated 2009 "RaceFail" discussion of race and related matters in the SF blogosphere. "Correcting the Balance" is a long interview with Hopkinson by series editor Terry Bisson. Insightful and engaging, the scant pages of this volume will leave the reader wishing for a more comprehensive collection that further showcases Hopkinson's broad talents, vital insights, and scathing frankness about sociocultural matters that too many genre writers refuse to tackle.
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