Report from Planet Midnight (PM Press Outspoken Authors)
The conceit for the performance was that a representative from the Planet of Midnight possessed Nalo Hopkinson and attempted to translate phrases that white people say to everyone else, trying but ultimately failing to make sense of it. The result is poignant and hilarious. The short stories are "Message in a Bottle" and "Shift", respectively.
Both are strange and not quite what I expected. Does it matter? I'm still not sure I understand all of the story but I do appreciate that it made me think. It adds elements of call and response by adding repeated phrases like ca-ca-Caliban throughout the story. Dec 29, Pamster rated it liked it. Contained two great stories, a transcript of a talk she gave to a SF audience about race in SF, and an interview.
The talk about race was given in the wake of a huge heated online dialogue about racism in the SF community. It was clearly a piece that she felt super vulnerable giving, and worked really hard on. I'm glad it's published. But reading it gave me that anxiety that you get reading idiocy online.
I very much love her love of the SF community. This kind of educating seems like such hard work. Would really love to read a collection of all her short fiction, which she was in the process of putting together to send to publishers when this book came out in Nov 21, Candis rated it it was amazing.
I have been reading this alongside Said's 'Representations of the Intellectual' and it - while unintentional - was a remarkably suitable pairing. It also provides both fuel and fodder for conversations that continue to be had around race, gender, and marginal representation alongside content and form in the fantastic. As I turned the last couple of pages, I was already wondering how I could work this title in to my syllabus for next year, and making a mental note to read more of her fiction in the upcoming new year. Wholly satisfying.
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Jun 10, David rated it it was amazing. The fictions are good, and the speech and the interview are both great. In the speech, she pretended to be taken over by a spirit that spoke through her -- I wish I had been present to see her do it note to self: track down the video.
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Judging by the script, it was a brilliant performance. Just added some more of her work to my "to-read" list, because I have enjoyed what I have read so far. Thanks to Debbie Notkin for telling me about this author -- as always, I'm grateful for her excellent recommendation! Feb 05, Sumayyah rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-read-in Containing 2 short stories, an interview, and a speech made after the great RaceFail '09, "Report From Planet Midnight" is a short book that makes me fall in love with Nalo Hopkinson over and over again.
Hopkinson tackles race, identity, and mainstream publishing with a booming voice and steady pen. At only pages , including the bibliography , "Report" is a book that makes me want to lock myself in my office and write. Recommended for writers and lovers of Nalo Hopkinson and her works. Aug 20, Jenn rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi , brown-authors , poc-authors. Short collection with 2 short stories, a performance speech that provides the origins of the book title, and an interview. Most of the collection focuses on the intersectionality of race. Her speech invokes her talents to provide a performance that helps open up a conversation of race.
One short story is a new play on a classic Shakespeare pl Short collection with 2 short stories, a performance speech that provides the origins of the book title, and an interview. One short story is a new play on a classic Shakespeare play -- putting important spins on the characterizations of black and white characters. A quick read. Aug 10, Leif rated it liked it. Nalo Hopkinson is an able writer, a courageous thinker, and a moving fabulist. This quick little book's collection of two stories, an interview, and a speech exposes the various sides of Hopkinson's writing personality to good effect, and if her speech demonstrates a contextually limited vision of theme and subject, the interview compensates in spades.
Of the stories, the first is my favourite: chillingly defined, cleanly delineated, and lacking in external fluff. If you're looking for an introd Nalo Hopkinson is an able writer, a courageous thinker, and a moving fabulist. If you're looking for an introduction to Hopkinson's work this is a point of entry to consider.
May 26, Richard rated it liked it. A very small collection but one that leaves you curious to find more by the author. Two well-crafted stories and a speech, as well as an interesting interview. It's all over almost before you know it, but it seems like a good introduction to the author's work and her interests. The stories also hint that she has a way of approaching ideas such that you may think you know what point she'll be making when, in fact, she's going to take things in a different and novel direction.
I look forward to fi A very small collection but one that leaves you curious to find more by the author. I look forward to finding out whether I'm right about that. Sep 25, James rated it really liked it. This includes two short stories, an interview with Hopkinson, and the core piece, a lecture she gave on race, ethnicity, and science fiction. The lecture is very direct, which is probably a good thing. Science fiction fandom can miss more subtle critiques sometimes.
Nov 05, Tanya rated it it was amazing. Nalo Hopkinson is my new hero. This collection is amazing. Her articulate views of race are amazing. I want to hear it applied to women, to sexual orientation. Nalo is astute and clear about it.
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I can't wait to read a novel of hers. I have to laugh at one cream-colored man giving this book three stars and saying that the stories are weird. He must read completely mainstream SF.
But I give him cred for reading this book at all! There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. Science Fiction. Short Stories. Speculative Fiction. About Nalo Hopkinson. Nalo Hopkinson. Nalo Hopkinson is a Jamaican-born writer and editor who lives in Canada. Her science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories often draw on Caribbean history and language, and its traditions of oral and written storytelling. Books by Nalo Hopkinson. Trivia About Report from Plane No trivia or quizzes yet. Report from Planet Midnight. Seller Inventory BBS Report from Planet Midnight Outspoken Authors.
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