Falling in Love With Hominids

Nalo Hopkinson (Brown Girl in the RingSkin Folk) has been widely hailed as a highly significant voice in Caribbean and American fiction. She has been dubbed “one of our most important writers,” (Junot Diaz), with “an imagination that most of us would kill for” (Los Angeles Times), and her work has been called “stunning,” (New York Times) “rich in voice, humor, and dazzling imagery” (Kirkus), and “simply triumphant” (Dorothy Allison).

Falling in Love with Hominids presents more than a dozen years of Hopkinson’s new, uncollected fiction, much of which has been unavailable in print, including one original story. Her singular, vivid tales, which mix the modern with Afro-Caribbean folklore, are occupied by creatures unpredictable and strange: chickens that breathe fire, adults who eat children, and spirits that haunt shopping malls.

World Fantasy Award-winning author Nalo Hopkinson was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and also spent her childhood in Trinidad and Guyana before her family moved to Toronto when she was sixteen. Her groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy features diverse characters and the mixing of folklore into her works. Hopkinson won the Warner Aspect First Novel contest for Brown Girl in the Ring, as well as the John W. Campbell and Locus Awards. Her novel  Midnight Robber was a New York Times Notable Book and she has also received the Spectrum, Sunburst, Campbell, and Prix Aurora awards.

Though she has published multiple works, Hopkinson has faced many obstacles, including suffering from anemia and fibromyalgia. She spent years too sick to read or write, and was sometimes homeless. Her view on these dark periods can be both realistic and humorous: “But every so often I’ll go through an old notebook or find a file I don’t recognize and open it up, and there’s a page or two of writing that I did during that time that I don not remember. At some level I was still writing. The cool part about it is, the writing is pretty good!” (Locus, September 2013)

Hopkinson currently teaches in the Creative Writing department at the University of California, Riverside.

Table of Contents

The Smile on the Face
The Easthound
Message in a Bottle
Left Foot, Right
Old Habits
Emily Breakfast
Men Sell Not Such In Any Town
A Young Candy Daughter
A Raggy Dog, A Shaggy Dog
Delicious Monster
Soul Case
Snow Day
Flying Lessons (original to this collection)
Ours is the Prettiest

Praise for Nalo Hopkinson

“One of our most important writers.”
—Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

“A major talent.”
—Karen Joy Fowler, author of Sister Moon and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

“Nalo Hopkinson has had a remarkable impact on popular fiction. Her work continues to question the very genres she adopts, transforming them from within through her fierce intelligence and her commitment to a radical vision that refuses easy consumption.”
Globe & Mail

“Nalo Hopkinson makes me think of people like James Tiptree Jr., Roger Zelazny, Theodore Sturgeon and Keri Hulme; she’s that good.
—Spider Robinson, author of the Lifehouse trilogy and Very Hard Choices

“One of science-fiction’s most inventive and brilliant writers. . . .”
New York Post

“Nalo Hopkinson is tough on her protagonists, but she brings them through their trials in a wonderfully evocative, energetic, explosive language that is wholly new to speculative fiction, and that marks her as an exciting new voice in our literature.”
Edmonton Journal

“. . . like Samuel R. Delaney and Octavia E. Butler, [Hopkinson] forces us to consider how inequities of race, gender, class and power might be played out in a dystopian future.”
The News Magazine of Black America

“Caribbean science fiction? Nalo Hopkinson is staking her claim as one of its most notable authors. . . .”
Caribbean Travel and Life

“Hopkinson is rightly lauded for having one of the more original new voices in SF, and the brilliance in her fiction shines equally from her evocative voice and the deep empathy she displays for her characters. Adding to the fun is the fact that Hopkinson’s prose is a distinct pleasure to read: richly sensual, with high-voltage erotic content and gorgeous details.”

For Brown Girl in the Ring

“Nalo Hopkinson’s first novel, Brown Girl in the Ring, is simply triumphant.”
—Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina

“Hopkinson lives up to her advance billing.”
New York Times Book Review

“[Hopkinson] has created a vivid world of urban decay and startling, dangerous magic, where the human heart is both a physical and metaphorical key.”
Publishers Weekly

“I’ve been telling people about Nalo Hopkinson’s book . . . it is great.
—Octavia E. Butler, author of Parable of the Sower

“Brown Girl in the Ring is a wild story, colorful and enthralling . . . you’ll be sorry to go home again when you put it down.”
—Tim Powers, author of The Stress of Her Regard and Declare

“An impressive debut precisely because of Hopkinson’s fresh viewpoint.”
Washington Post Book World

“A parable of black feminist self-reliance, couched inpoetic language and the structural conventions of classic SF.”
Village Voice

“Excellent . . . a bright, original mix of future urban decay and West Indian magic . . . .”
Denver Post

For Midnight Robber

“. . . Hopkinson creates another captivating story set in a richly imagined world . . . rich with elements of fantasy, science fiction, and magic realism.”

“Like its predecessor, this novel bears evidence that Hopkinson owns one of the more important and original voices in SF.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“. . . fantastic story, part science-fiction, part mythological fantasy. Personally, I loved every page.”
SF Review

“Hopkinson’s second novel, Midnight Robber, succeeds on an even grander scale. . . .”
New York Times

“Midnight Robber demonstrates conclusively that [Hopkinson] is a major SF talent.”
Quill & Quire

For Skin Folk

“This 15-story collection is a marvelous display of Nalo Hopkinson’s talents, skills and insights into the human conditions of life, especially of the fantastic realities of the Caribbean. . . .” Everything is possible in her imagination.”
Science Fiction Chronicle

The Salt Roads succeeds impressively as a powerful and passionate meditation on myth and survival, and on the loss of the ancient psychic pathways that give the book its evocative title.”

Skin Folk is both entertaining and enlightening, and should not be missed.”
Strange Horizons

“If you enjoyed the novels, don’t let this slip past. If you missed the novels, let Skin Folk show you why you should run out and buy them.”

“Nalo Hopkinson, award-winning author of Brown Girl in the Ring and Midnight Robber, has released an impressive collection of short stories entitled Skin Folk . . . well crafted and brilliantly written.”
Barnes & Noble

For The Salt Roads

The Salt Roads succeeds impressively as a powerful and passionate meditation on myth and survival, and on the loss of the ancient psychic pathways that give the book its evocative title.”

The Salt Roads is like nothing you’ve read before. . . . The characters’ stories are heartbreaking and beautiful, living beyond the novel’s pages. Hopkinson’s writing is like a favorite song.”
—Tananarive Due, American Book Award-winning author of The Living Blood

“With her conjurer’s art, with daring and delightful audacity, Nalo Hopkinson reaches into the well of history.”
—Sandra Jackson-Opoku, author of, The River Where Blood is Born

“Sexy, disturbing, touching, wildly comic. A tour de force from one of our most striking new voices in fiction.”
Kirkus, starred review

“The Salt Roads should be required reading for the next century. An electrifying bravura performance. . . .”
—Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Drown

For The New Moon’s Arms

“A winningly told tale filled with regional color.”
Kirkus, starred review

“A novel that sweeps the reader into its world: vivid and richly nuanced, utterly realistic yet still somehow touched with magic . . . Hopkinson’s writing is lush and note-perfect. . . .”
Toronto Star

“New depths of wisdom, humor and insight.”
Seattle Times

“[The New Moon’s Arms] is both moving and quiet; it has no end-of-the-world threat, no big pyrotechnics—but the wonder, if quiet, is strong. I highly recommend it.”
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

For The Chaos

“Hopkinson, who grew up in the Caribbean, mixes Jamaican legends, fairy tales, and sheer imagination to create this wildly inventive story.”
Booklist, starred review

“Rich in voice, humor and dazzling imagery, studded with edgy ideas and wildly original, this multicultural mashup—like its heroine—defies categorization.”
Kirkus, starred review

“I cannot recommend this book enough, especially for young girls/teens of color.”
Inside HigherEd

For Sister Mine

“She’s a powerful writer with an imagination that most of us would kill for. I have read everything she has written and am in awe of her many gifts.”
—Junot Diaz, Los Angeles Times

“Her books always feel like glimpses into worlds that are fully detailed and stand on their own . . . . Another great novel from one of the best fantasy authors working today.”

“The author of sci-fi classics The Salt Roads [and Brown Girl in the Ring] . . . conjures up another hit with Sister Mine.”
Essence Magazine

“An engaging, messy fable about the interconnectedness of even the little things in our lives. . .”

“The variety also makes for a novel that’s engaging and difficult to put down, and the world of Sister Mine feels rich and full. . . .”
Los Angeles Review of Books

“Another great novel from one of the best fan

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