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Walking the clouds : an anthology of indigenous science fiction /
edited by Grace L. Dillon.
imprint
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2012.
description
viii, 260 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0816529825, 9780816529827
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imprint
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2012.
isbn
0816529825
9780816529827
contents note
Imagining indigenous futurisms -- The native slipstream. Custer on the slipstream / Gerald Vizenor -- Aunt Parnetta's electric blisters / Diane Glancy -- from The fast red road : a plainsong / Stephen Graham Jones -- from Flight / Sherman Alexie -- Contact. from Refugees / Celu Amberstone -- from The black ship / Gerry William -- Men on the moon / Simon Ortiz -- Indigenour science and sustainability. from Midnight robber / Nalo Hopkinson -- from Darkness in St. Louis : bearheart / Gerald Vizenor -- from Mindscape / Andrea Hairston -- from Land of the golden clouds / Archie Weller -- Native apocalypse. Distances / Sherman Alexie -- When this world is all on fire / William Sanders -- from The moons of palmares / Zainab Amadahy -- from Red spider, white web / Misha -- Biskaabiiyang, "returning to ourselves." Terminal Avenue / Eden Robinson -- from Almanac of the dead / Leslie Marmon Silko -- from The bird is gone : a monograph manifesto / Stephen Graham Jones -- from Star waka / Robert Sullivan (Ngā Pushi).
catalogue key
8395389
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-247).
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2012-02-06:
Dillon's superb anthology, the first devoted to indigenous SF, highlights long-overlooked authors alongside better-known figures such as Nalo Hopkinson and Leslie Marmon Silko. The categories include "Slipstream," a genre Native American SF helped create, and "Apocalypse," something many Aboriginal populations feel has already happened to them. Gerald Vizenor's "Custer on the Slipstream" (1978) is the first of several stories dealing with Custer and Crazy Horse. Native views of space and time and reversing the notion of first contact are likewise recurring themes, with both appearing in an engaging excerpt from Gerry William's 1994 novel The Black Ship. Another regular visitor is the Ghost Dance, meant to drive whites from the Americas; Sherman Alexie shows a world where this worked, albeit delayed, in "Distances" (1993). Every piece is a perspective twister and a thought inducer built on solid storytelling from ancient and newer traditions, and the anthology will encourage readers to further investigate indigenous speculative works. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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"Dillon's superb anthology, the first devoted to indigenous SF, highlights long-overlooked authors alongside better-known figures such as Nalo Hopkinson and Leslie Marmon Silko. Every piece is a perspective twister and a thought inducer built on solid storytelling from ancient and newer traditions, and the anthology will encourage readers to further investigate indigenous speculative works." - Publishers Weekly
"Dillon's superb anthology, the first devoted to indigenous SF, highlights long-overlooked authors alongside better-known figures such as Nalo Hopkinson and Leslie Marmon Silko. Every piece is a perspective twister and a thought inducer built on solid storytelling from ancient and newer traditions, and the anthology will encourage readers to further investigate indigenous speculative works." -- Publishers Weekly
Though I#146;m not usually a fan of anthologies compiled by race, sex, etc., this book is so good that I#146;m happy to have these stories collected together however it came about. Don#146;t read this because they#146;re stories by Native American writers. Read them because they#146;re damn good stories by damn good writers.-- Charles de LintWalking the Clouds offers a history and shows the state of the art of science fiction from the other side--from the indigenous and the colonized, the dispossessed and the genocided. It shows that is long past time for the genre to uncircle the wagons and attend to those who have already survived the apocalypse.-- Dr. Mark Bould, founding co-editor of Science Fiction Film and Television Journal
"Though I'm not usually a fan of anthologies compiled by race, sex, etc., this book is so good that I'm happy to have these stories collected together however it came about. Don't read this because they're stories by Native American writers. Read them because they're damn good stories by damn good writers." --Charles de Lint
" Walking the Clouds offers a history and shows the state of the art of science fiction from the other side--from the Indigenous and the colonized, the dispossessed and the genocided. It shows that it is long past time for the genre to uncircle the wagons and attend to those who have already survived the apocalypse." --Dr. Mark Bould, founding co-editor of Science Fiction Film and Television Journal
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Summaries
Long Description
In this first-ever anthology of Indigenous science fiction, GraceDillon collects some of the finest examples of the craft withcontributions by Native American, Canadian First Nations, AboriginalAustralian, and New Zealand Maori authors. The collection includesseminal authors such as Gerald Vizenor and Eden Robinson, historicallyimportant contributions often categorized as "magicalrealism" by authors like Leslie Marmon Silko and Sherman Alexie,and authors more recognizable to science fiction fans like WilliamSanders and Stephen Graham Jones. Dillon's engaging introductionsituates the pieces in the larger context of science fiction and itsconventions. Organized by sub-genre, the book starts with Native slipstream,stories infused with time travel, alternate realities and alternativehistory like Vizenor's "Custer on the Slipstream."Next up are stories about contact with other beings featuring, amongothers, an excerpt from Gerry William's The Black Ship. Dillonincludes stories that highlight Indigenous science like a piece fromArchie Weller's Land of the Golden Clouds, asserting that one ofthe roles of Native science fiction is to disentangle that science fromnotions of "primitive" knowledge and myth. The fourthsection calls out stories of apocalypse like William Sanders'"When This World Is All on Fire" and a piece from ZainabAmadahy's The Moons of Palmares. The anthology closeswith examples of biskaabiiyang, or "returning toourselves," bringing together stories like Eden Robinson's"Terminal Avenue" and a piece from Robert Sullivan'sStar Waka. An essential book for readers and students of both Native literatureand science fiction, Walking the Clouds is an invaluable collection. Itbrings together not only great examples of Native science fiction froman internationally-known cast of authors, but Dillon's insightfulscholarship sheds new light on the traditions of imagining anIndigenous future.
Main Description
In this first-ever anthology of Indigenous science fiction, Grace Dillon collects some of the finest examples of the craft with contributions by Native American, Canadian First Nations, Aboriginal Australian, and New Zealand Maori authors. The collection includes seminal authors such as Gerald Vizenor adn Eden Robinson, historically important contributions often categorized as "magical realism" by authors like Leslie Marmon Silko and Sherman Alexie, and authors more recognizable to science fiction fans like William Sanders and Stephen Graham Jones. Dillon's engaging introduction situates the pieces in the larger context of science fiction and its conventions.
Main Description
In this first-ever anthology of Indigenous science fiction, GraceDillon collects some of the finest examples of the craft withcontributions by Native American, Canadian First Nations, AboriginalAustralian, and New Zealand Maori authors. The collection includesseminal authors such as Gerald Vizenor and Eden Robinson, historicallyimportant contributions often categorized as "magicalrealism" by authors like Leslie Marmon Silko and Sherman Alexie,and authors more recognizable to science fiction fans like WilliamSanders and Stephen Graham Jones. Dillon's engaging introductionsituates the pieces in the larger context of science fiction and itsconventions.
Main Description
In this first-ever anthology of Indigenous science fiction Grace Dillon collects some of the finest examples of the craft with contributions by Native American, First Nations, Aboriginal Australian, and New Zealand Maori authors. The collection includes seminal authors such as Gerald Vizenor, historically important contributions often categorized as "magical realism" by authors like Leslie Marmon Silko and Sherman Alexie, and authors more recognizable to science fiction fans like William Sanders and Stephen Graham Jones. Dillons engaging introduction situates the pieces in the larger context of science fiction and its conventions. Organized by sub-genre, the book starts with Native slipstream, stories infused with time travel, alternate realities and alternative history like Vizenors "Custer on the Slipstream." Next up are stories about contact with other beings featuring, among others, an excerpt from Gerry Williams "The Black Ship." Dillon includes stories that highlight Indigenous science like a piece from Archie Wellers "Land of the Golden Clouds," asserting that one of the roles of Native science fiction is to disentangle that science from notions of "primitive" knowledge and myth. The fourth section calls out stories of apocalypse like William Sanders "When This World Is All on Fire" and a piece from Zainab Amadahys "The Moons of Palmares." The anthology closes with examples of biskaabiiyang, or "returning to ourselves," bringing together stories like Eden Robinsons "Terminal Avenue" and a piece from Robert Sullivans "Star Waka." An essential book for readers and students of both Native literature and science fiction, "Walking the Clouds "is an invaluable collection. It brings together not only great examples of Native science fiction from an internationally-known cast of authors, but Dillons insightful scholarship sheds new light on the traditions of imagining an Indigenous future.
Main Description
In this first-ever anthology of Indigenous science fiction Grace Dillon collects some of the finest examples of the craft with contributions by Native American, First Nations, Aboriginal Australian, and New Zealand Maori authors. The collection includes seminal authors such as Gerald Vizenor, historically important contributions often categorized as "magical realism" by authors like Leslie Marmon Silko and Sherman Alexie, and authors more recognizable to science fiction fans like William Sanders and Stephen Graham Jones. Dillon's engaging introduction situates the pieces in the larger context of science fiction and its conventions. Organized by sub-genre, the book starts with Native slipstream, stories infused with time travel, alternate realities and alternative history like Vizenor's "Custer on the Slipstream." Next up are stories about contact with other beings featuring, among others, an excerpt from Gerry William's The Black Ship . Dillon includes stories that highlight Indigenous science like a piece from Archie Weller's Land of the Golden Clouds , asserting that one of the roles of Native science fiction is to disentangle that science from notions of "primitive" knowledge and myth. The fourth section calls out stories of apocalypse like William Sanders' "When This World Is All on Fire" and a piece from Zainab Amadahy's The Moons of Palmares . The anthology closes with examples of biskaabiiyang, or "returning to ourselves," bringing together stories like Eden Robinson's "Terminal Avenue" and a piece from Robert Sullivan's Star Waka . An essential book for readers and students of both Native literature and science fiction, Walking the Clouds is an invaluable collection. It brings together not only great examples of Native science fiction from an internationally-known cast of authors, but Dillon's insightful scholarship sheds new light on the traditions of imagining an Indigenous future.
Table of Contents
Imagining Indigenous Futurismsp. i
The Native Slipstream
"Custer on the Slipstream"p. 15
"Aunt Parnetta's Electric Blisters"p. 26
The Fast Red Rand: A Plainsongp. 34
Flightp. 52
Contact
Refugeesp. 63
The Black Shipp. 77
"Men on the Moon"p. 85
Indigenous Science and Sustainabixity
Midnight Robberp. 99
Darkness in St. Louis: Bearheartp. 116
Mindscapep. 121
Land of the Golden Cloudsp. 131
Native Apocalypse
"Distances"p. 143
"When This World Is Ail on Fire"p. 149
TheMoons of Palmaresp. 171
Red Spider, White Webp. 184
Biskaabiiyang, "Returning to Ourselves"
'Terminal Avenue"p. 205
Almanac of the Deadp. 215
The Bird Is Gone: A Monograph Manifestop. 232
Star Wakap. 238
Notesp. 243
Source Creditsp. 249
About the Editorp. 251
About the Contributorsp. 253
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