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Imagining Radical Futures: A Review of “Octavia’s Brood”

When I finished reading Octavia’s Brood, I was at a loss for words. I knew I had to somehow make my thoughts coherent to write this post, but all I really wanted to do was run around waving the book in people’s face shouting “Read this! Absorb this! Take this in and truly imagine all of the radical possibilities this book offers!” Mostly I just wanted to flail and shout “Read it now!” to everyone and no one all at once.


For those of you who haven’t heard about this book yet, the full title is Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, and it is an anthology edited by adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha. The title is a reference to Black science-fiction author Octavia Butler (as well as a reference to her Xenogenesis trilogy, also known as Lilith’s Brood), and the book was recently included on io9’s “Most Essential Science Fiction and Fantasy Books in April.” The official release date was March 15th, but it’s still making its way to store shelves in some places.

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Jane Yolen: Short stories and poems.

I love to read; it’s been a hobby of mine since I was a wee tot, and, while I’ll always enjoy a good novel full of interesting, well-developed characters,  intriguing themes and an entertaining plot, I’ll never say no to a good short story or poem. It’s remarkable what sort of emotional impact of some artfully-composed stanzas can have, or how an intelligently-written narrative in prose can grip the reader despite its brevity.

In addition to her children’s and young adult books and tales, which range from factual to fictional, Jane Yolen has also crafted some incredibly thought-provoking and poignant little treasures in both her short stories and poetry; I’d like to share some of my favorites with you.

Jane Yolen. Source.
Jane Yolen. Source.

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