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.