By Nisi Shawl
11 unique tales by way of recipients of the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship (2007 via 2012), plus a reprint of "Speech Sounds" through the scholarship's namesake, Octavia E. Butler. This anthology additionally encompasses a short memoir of Butler through her Clarion classmate Vonda N. McIntyre and an advent through Nalo Hopkinson. Edited via Nisi scarf and released by means of the Carl Brandon Society, the administrator of the Butler Scholarship Fund.
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