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Beautiful, sensual and intriguing collection of short stories. I love how Nalo writes, could read her writing about almost anything. Standouts in here are a story about children in a world with a virus where aging turns you into a monster, and another about grief for a lost sister that carved me open.
On the BOOK RIOT podcast GET BOOKED, episode #15 (2/22/16), Amanda Nelson and Liberty Hardy discuss the great FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS and other fascinating book subjects.
Paul at BEST SCIENCE FICTION BOOKS praises Hopkinson.
Still on audio, Nalo Hopkinson is one of the most exciting writers working
today. If you haven’t done so already, check ou BROWN GIRL IN THE RING, MIDNIGHT
ROBBER, THE SALT ROADS and her latest collection FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS. And here’s Hopkinson talking about racial
and gender diversity in sf.
Nalo Hopkinson and Kristine Ong Muslim are interviewed about PEOPLE OF COLO(UR) DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION by Charles Tan at SF SIGNAL.
CT: For you, what does it mean for PoC to “destroy” Science Fiction?
KOM: For me, the “destroy” in that statement refers to the smashing of barriers to inclusivity and multiplicity of voices, perspectives, experiences.
Nalo Hopkinson: Well, above all, it means for us to write it. And to bring our talent, our cultures, our histories, our languages, our experiences of the world to bear upon it, as any writer does. I don’t think we break science fiction at all. I think we contribute to it.
CT: What will be your criteria, or what are you looking for, in the stories to be included in this special issue?
KOM: One, the story has to fit the science fiction mold. And two, the story has to hit a nerve but in a good way, of course. To be blunt, a disproportionate number (relative to available slots for acceptance) of high-quality stories are in the slush right now. Just thinking about the looming deadline for the original fiction lineup, as well as the eventual elimination process and hard decision-making that go with it, is already giving me a headache.
NH: Hard to say. For me, it’s one of those things where you know it when you see it. I’m looking for stories that make me sit up and take notice. For engagement with language and style in ways that the genre doesn’t see enough of. For “oh no they didn’t” moments. For content that challenges my assumptions, rocks my world, and leaves my brain feeling changed.
Read the rest of the interview at SF SIGNAL.
For more information on FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS, visit the Tachyon page.
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