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Black Sci-Fi Short Stories

Black Sci-Fi Short Stories

(Gothic Fantasy)

Various Authors
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A deluxe edition of new writing and neglected perspectives.

Dystopia, apocalypse, gene-splicing, cloning and colonization are explored here by new authors and combined with proto-sci-fi and speculative writing of an older tradition (by W.E.B. Du Bois, Martin R. Delany, Sutton E. Griggs, Pauline Hopkins and Edward Johnson) whose first-hand experience of slavery and denial created their living dystopia.

With a foreword by Alex Award-winning novelist 
Temi Oh, an introduction by Dr. Sandra M. Grayson, author of Visions of the Third Millennium: Black Science Fiction Novelists Write the Future (2003), and invaluable promotion and editorial support from Tia Ross and the Black Writers Collective and more, this latest offering in the Flame Tree Gothic fantasy series focuses on an area of science fiction which has not received the attention it deserves. Many of the themes in Sci-fi reveal the world as it is to others, show us how to improve it, and give voice to the many different expressions of a future for humankind.

Flame Tree Gothic Fantasy, Classic Stories and Epic Tales collections bring together the entire range of myth, folklore and modern short fiction. Highlighting the roots of suspense, supernatural, science fiction and mystery stories, the books in Flame Tree Collections series are beautifully presented, perfect as a gift and offer a lifetime of reading pleasure.


Table of Contents:

  • An Empty, Hollow Interview by James Beamon
  • The Comet by W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Élan Vital by K. Tempest Bradford
  • The Orb by Tara Campbell
  • Blake, or The Huts of America by Martin R. Delany
  • The Floating City of Pengimbang by Michelle F. Goddard
  • The New Colossuses by Harambee K. Grey-Sun
  • Imperium in Imperio by Sutton E. Griggs
  • Seven Thieves by Emmalia Harrington
  • Of One Blood: Or, The Hidden Self by Pauline Hopkins
  • Space Traitors by Walidah Imarisha
  • The Line of Demarcation by Patty Nicole Johnson
  • Light Ahead for the Negro by Edward Johnson
  • e-race by Russell Nichols
  • Giant Steps by Russell Nichols
  • Almost Too Good to Be True by Temi Oh
  • You May Run On by Megan Pindling
  • Suffering Inside, But Still I Soar by Sylvie Soul
  • The Pox Party by Lyle Stiles
  • The Regression Test by Wole Talabi


Temi Oh has a BSci in Neuroscience and an MA in Creative Writing. Her degree, and a book-club she founded while at KCL called 'Neuroscience-fiction', provided great opportunities to write and learn about mind-centred science and science fiction. Her first novel, Do You Dream of Terra-Two, won the American Library Association's Alex Award.

Dr. Sandra M. Grayson is a professor in English at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her publications include the books Visions of the Third Millennium: Black Science Fiction Novelists Write the FutureA Literary Revolution: In the Spirit of the Harlem Renaissance; and Sparks of Resistance, Flames of Change: Black Communities and Activism.

Tia Ross is the Founder of Black Writers Collective (, Founder/Managing Editor for Black Editors & Proofreaders (, Editor for and Senior Editor for She is a polymath entrepreneur who is passionate about great writing, as well as forging successful businesses as an information architect and event organiser.

  • Publisher: Flame Tree Collections (June 15, 2021)
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • ISBN-10: 183964480X
  • ISBN-13: 9781839644801
  • Item Weight: 1.75 pounds
  • Dimensions: 6.02 x 1.9 x 9.21 inches
  • Alt: Black Scifi Short Stories, Black Sci Fi Short Stories
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