"It comes to him as he gazes that the being above him is indeed a female, in fact, a girl — a nice girl who just happens to be, in some sense, a thirty-meter giant manta-ray or whatever.
He is in no condition to criticize this."

-Up the Walls of the World by James Tiptree, Jr

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Our Earth is peppered with some 20,000 tons of stardust a year. Scanned from Wonderland of Science. 1930s.

(via scientificillustration)

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Speculative fiction writer Octavia Butler died in 2006, but two unpublished stories discovered in her archives were recently released as an e-book, called Unexpected Stories

In her review of the book, K. Tempest Bradford writes:

In both stories Butler is able to create a whole world and a whole history out of very few words, by centering them on women who suffer no illusions about the worlds and circumstances they live in. She addresses race and class head-on as well as in metaphorical terms. And as Walter Mosley points out in his introduction, she was doing this “[l]ong before [she] changed the face of science and speculative fiction, the landscape of the potentials of literature.”


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For Bloomsday and general delight, Djuna Barnes’s hand-drawn portrait of James Joyce, accompanying her remarkable 1922 profile-interview of the author – the most significant one he ever gave.

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Annotated passage in Beasts of No Nationby Uzodinma Iweala, page 22.

Uzo was annotated!

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She put down the top of the convertible, watching as it slowly withdrew like a snake shedding its skin. She loved this kind of moment when something ordinary could be made to seem dramatic and exciting. If only her whole life could be that way."

-Natsuo Kirino’s Out (via samyaos)
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And the old man spoke and the young man listened and the young man spoke and the old man hooted and they fell around a corner of Universe away out of sight, eating and talking, talking and eating, the young man biting gumball foods, the old man devouring sunlight with his solar-cell eyes, and the last that was seen of them they were gesticulating and babbling and conversing and waving their hands until their voices faded into Time and the solar system turned over in its sleep and covered them with a blanket of dark and light, and whether or not a rescue ship named Rachel, seeking her lost children, ever came by and found them, who can tell, who would truly ever want to know?"

-Ray Bradbury, from “G.B.S.–Mark V” (via the-final-sentence)
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So number one, Reading Rainbow was not cancelled because it was not effective. Reading Rainbow was the most used television resource in our nation’s classroom. In 2009, it was [cancelled] due to No Child Left Behind. That government policy made a choice between teaching the rudiments of reading and fostering a love of reading. So the idea that I am trying to somehow revive a failed endeavor is bullshit. That’s right. I said it. Bullshit."

-LeVar Burton (via franfinethesecond)

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… We must remember that there’s more than one story and plot in every novel. There are at least as many stories as there are main characters, and each of these stories has to have multiple plots to keep it going – blood and bone, nerve and tissue, forgotten longing and unknown events."

-Walter Mosley (via writingquotes)

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n36_w1150 (by BioDivLibrary)

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It’s getting interdisciplinary up in here

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