Walking the clouds : an anthology of indigenous science fiction

Format: Print Book 2012
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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.

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 (Ngà„ Pushi).

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This is a fascinating collection of stories, many of them excerpts from longer works. Most readers' first impulse will be to seek out the rest of the stories. There are some well-known names, such as Nalo Hopkinson and Sherman Alexie (the title's indigenous has a genuinely global range, from First Nations to Aboriginal Australian). The introductory text, which places the stories in a historical and genre-based context, is thoughtful and in-depth, while the stories are delightful, engaging, and, best of all, thought-provoking. The collection opens with Custer on the Slipstream, by Gerald Vizenor, which resurrects General Custer, plays havoc with the linear progress of time, and exposes a fatal flaw in white oppression. It closes with an excerpt from an epic poem, Star Waka, by Robert Sullivan, which approaches the possibilities of space travel. There are tricksters, travelers, foolish children who learn grand lessons, and teachers all in all, a grand collection, well worth close reading.--Schroeder, Regina Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "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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Additional Information
Series Sun tracks ; v. 69.
Subjects Science fiction, American.
Indians of North America -- Fiction.
American fiction -- 20th century.
American fiction -- 21st century.
Short stories.
Publisher Tucson :University of Arizona Press,2012
Contributors Dillon, Grace L.
Language English
Description viii, 260 pages ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-247).
ISBN 9780816529827 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0816529825 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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