You shall not pass! (without book recommendations) [Stacking the Shelves (97)]

Galen here, sneaking in and taking over Marlene’s blog today while she sleeps in (cue a quiet “mwa-ha-ha”). We’ve been in Detroit since Wednesday to attend Detcon1, the North American Science Fiction Convention.

We made sure this time to leave room in our luggage to take books and other stuff back home. Here’s what we got so far from the dealer’s room (and we were able to get all but one of these signed!):

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Of course, I got rather more book recommendations than physical books — which is nice, since it’s so embarrassing when the plane gets so overloaded that it has to hop rather than fly.

Wizard of the Crow by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’oThe YA guest of honor is Nnedi Okorafor.  Yesterday I went to a reading and Q&A she conducted. The books that she recommended, wrote, or influenced her flew fast and furious:

Wild Seed by Octavia ButlerAnother panel I went to was about where folks who have not yet read Octavia Butler should start.  One of the wonderful things about the panel, in addition to the energy of the panelists (Nnedi Okorafor, adrienne maree brown, Tananarive Due, and Ellen Denham), was that there were four different well-reasoned opinions on the question.  So if you can’t decide, print out this blog post, tape it to the wall, and throw a dart at:

At the panel I also learned of an exciting project called Octavia’s Brood, which will be publishing an anthology of visionary speculative fiction by social justice organizers and activists — I’m really looking forward to it.

The Lady Astronaut of Mars by Mary Robinette KowalAnother list of book recommendations came from a question asked at the Gender Roles in Genre Fiction panel: what books do you recommend for their role in busting tired gender tropes:


I’m looking forward to reading the books on this list, and I hope, Gentle Reader, that you also find interesting avenues to explore.


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2 thoughts on “You shall not pass! (without book recommendations) [Stacking the Shelves (97)]

  1. Thanks for the Butler reccies. I have a number of her books in Mount TBR, but have been dithering over what where to start.

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