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LADY GEEK NIGHT YEG, AND HOW WOMEN FANS ARE UPGRADING AND LEADING SCIENCE FICTION, COMICS + FANTASY FANDOM (MF GALAXY 079)

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HOW LADY GEEK NITE EMPOWERS WOMEN AND GIRLS, SEXIST SNOBBERY AGAINST COSPLAY + THE EVOLUTION AND DEVOLUTION OF WONDER WOMAN OVER THE DECADES
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The core contradiction of North American science fiction and fantasy fandom is that while often describing itself as a bastion for people who faced rejection from small-minded people, for decades it offered plenty of rejection of its own. North American fan culture was dominated by European men and boys, predominantly middle class and straight, with Western, Northern, and ancient Southern European cultural reference points.
While obsessed with physical sciences and militarism, it was largely ignorant of social sciences and popular struggles for justice. Even to this day, as plenty of fans attest, fandom was a closed shop where alleged outsiders could ride the starship in small numbers, but could never by the helmsman or the captain.
While some abusive and oppressive fans still cause havoc for others as with the Gamergate and Hugo Awar…

MILTON DAVIS’S AMBER AND THE HIDDEN CITY IS AN ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL CONTEMPORARY FANTASY ADVENTURE.

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Milton Davis’s Amber and the Hidden City is an absolutely delightful contemporary fantasy adventure. It’s the story of Amber Robinson, a teenager from Atlanta who crosses the Atlantic with her grandmother because of their supernatural connection to the ancient, hidden city of Marai, located in Mali. Their aim is to use their ancestral divination power to choose Marai’s next ruler, while fighting against the usurper who wants to dominate the city for himself and the shape-shifting villainess he sends to stop them.
I write Africentric fantasy fiction, and Amber and the Hidden City inspires in me the very emotions and intellectual curiosity I hope to inspire in my own readers. Davis combines relatable contemporary characters and dialogue with fascinating denizens and magic systems from an ancient world. What a delight to be learning about classical and medieval West African civilisations inside the world of a thrilling fantasy novel.
Final note: I love finding novels I can share with my da…

INVESTIGATOR KARL EVANZZ + EDITOR A PETER BAILEY COUNTERING MANNING MARABLE ON MALCOLM X (MF GALAXY 078)

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MARABLE CLAIMED ALEX HALEY WAS AN FBI INFORMANT WORKING AGAINST MALCOLM X, THE MISSING CHAPTERS OF THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Malcolm X is an icon of Pan-Africanism. Born May 19, 1925 to a Pan-Africanist family active in Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association, Malcolm survived the racist murder of his father and his own descent into crime and prison. He emerged as a minister for the Nation of Islam, one of several organisations born from the US government’s destruction of Garvey’s UNIA.

While committed to the NOI’s religious doctrine, Malcolm X developed a secular, revolutionary, political ideology that combined Garveyism with the Original World liberation struggles raging against imperialism throughout the 1950s and 60s. So respected was he that after he broke from the NOI in 1964, Malcolm X formed the united front Organisation of Afro-American Unity and won observer status on behalf of African Americans at the newly-formed Organisation of African Unity. While Nat…