Nalo Hopkinson’s FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS delivers some of her best work

At BOOK RIOT, Casey Stepaniuk includes Nalo Hopkinson in 5 Science Fiction
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I personally think both of her short story collections SKIN FOLK and FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS are the very best work she’s done, but her novels such as THE SALT ROADS and SISTER MINE are also AMAZING and ranging from Afro-Caribbean mythological urban fantasy set in Toronto and magical historical tales of Black queer women in different eras and places in the world. In her short stories you’ll find topics like future sex toys who have a life of their own, lesbian/genderqueer erotica set in a brothel, body swapping, zombies who only morph when they hit puberty, and time-travelling art historians taking over the bodies of children in the past. Every time I read new Nalo Hopkinson work I am blown away by the sheer inventiveness of the concepts she comes up with. I feel astounded that the ideas even came from a human being’s brain, they are that ingenious.

Photo: David Findlay

Denise Harwood discusses FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS on her video blog.

The Finnish HELSINGIN YLIOPISTON SCIENCE FICTION KLUB is reading Hopkinson’s “Old Habits.”

On Thursday July 27th at 7 pm we have our PRE-WORLDCON reading group, in which we discuss stories by Worldcon’s guests of honour: Nalo Hopkinson, Walter Jon Williams and Johanna Sinisalo.


From Nalo Hopkinson, we chose ”Old Habits” (2011), since a Finnish translation of this story was conveniently published in the latest issue of Tähtivaeltaja magazine. In English, ”Old Habits” has been published in Hopkinson’s short story collection FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS (2015) as well as in a few earlier anthologies.

For more information on FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS, visit the Tachyon page.

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