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Talk Like a Man
Talk Like a Man

Talk Like a Man

Outspoken Authors


128 Pages, 5 x 7.5

Formats: Mobipocket, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.00 (US $14.00) (CA $19.00)

Publication Date: November 2019

ISBN 9781629637112

Rights: WOR X UK & EUR

PM Press (Nov 2019)

Price: $14.00


An engaging collection of short stories and commentary by a major sci-fi writer whose fiction and criticism deals with the issues of gender, race, cultural appropriation, Afrofuturism, and sexual orientation

In these previously uncollected stories, Shawl explores the unexpected horizons (and corners) opened up by science fiction and fantasy's new diversity. In her worlds, sex can be both business and religion, complete with ancient rites, altars, and ointments ("Women of the Doll"); a virtual reality high school is a proving ground for girlpacks and their unfortunate adversaries ("Walk like a Man"); and a British rock singer finds an image in a mirror that reflects both future hits and ancient horrors ("Something More"). With her trademark wit passing for wisdom, Shawl lights up our Outspoken Interview and then, in a talk given at Duke University, explores the connections between ancient Ifa and modern science fiction.


"Shawl's keen sense of justice and her adamant anticolonialism always ride just beneath the surface of her stories. Never didactic, Shawl possesses the gift of a true storyteller: the ability to let the warp and weft of plot and character do her moral work for her." —Brian Charles Clark in Curled Up with a Good Book "A talented and distinctive voice." —Daniel Haeusser of The Skiffy and Fanty Show "With Everfair, Shawl is melding the alternative history with the imaginative vigor of science fiction. . . . She's promoting her ideas—of tolerance, of revolution, of freedom—and she's telling us something that we desperately need to hear: if we are unhappy with the choices we are making right now, it is within our power to build a better world." —Seattle Review of Books "Shawl is brilliant." —Amal el-Mohtar on NPR

Author Biography

Nisi Shawl is an African American writer, editor, and journalist. She is best known for her science fiction and fantasy stories and novels dealing with race, gender, and sexual orientation. She lives in Seattle, where she also writes on political and cultural matters for the Seattle Times. Even before Shawl's steampunk-flavored alternate history of the "Belgian" Congo, Everfair, took the sci-fi world by storm, her short stories had already established her as a cutting-edge black writer whose politically charged fiction is in the grand feminist tradition of Ursula Le Guin, Octavia Butler, and Joanna Russ.