Book Notes: Octavia's Brood

Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements by adrienne maree brown, Walidah Imarisha, Eds.
Read Feb 21, 2021 - Mar 14, 2021

Octavia’s Brood is a collection of short stories written by activists. Some of the stories are excerpts from longer works, like a piece from LeVar Burton’s novel Aftermath.

There are really good pieces in the collection. There are also some very weak stories, which is unsurprising, given that most of the authors are not regular fiction writers.

Overall it was a fun read, but left me wanting a little bit more depth, either literary or in terms of political analysis or reflection.

Book Highlights

All organizing is science fiction.

it wasn’t their fault there were so many of them. hipsters and entrepreneurs were complicated locusts. they ate up everything in sight, but they meant well.

all folks who had come more recently, drawn by the promise of empty land and easy business, the opportunity available among the ruins of other peoples’ lives.

We rewrote the meaning of life with our living.

They were all one. Separate and one. There was a me, but there was no you.

How do you teach a history of hate in the name of love? How can we warn them of what kind of monsters they might have to face?

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