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Publisher's Summary

Three-time Hugo Award-winner N. K. Jemisin's first collection of short fiction challenges and enchants with breathtaking stories of destruction, rebirth, and redemption.

N. K. Jemisin is one of the most powerful and acclaimed speculative fiction authors of our time. In the first collection of her evocative short fiction, Jemisin equally challenges and delights listeners with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption.  

Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo Award-nominated short story "The City Born Great", a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis's soul.

For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:

The Inheritance Trilogy:

  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
  • The Broken Kingdoms
  • The Kingdom of Gods
  • The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition)
  • Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction)
  • The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella)

Dreamblood Duology:

  • The Killing Moon
  • The Shadowed Sun
  • The Dreamblood Duology (omnibus)

The Broken Earth:

  • The Fifth Season
  • The Obelisk Gate
  • The Stone Sky
©2018 N. K. Jemisin (P)2018 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"The stories are wonderful. In worlds both invariably cruel and brilliantly imagined, heroism thrives in the margins." (Nicky Drayden, author of The Prey of Gods)

"There are so many things in How Long 'Til Black Future Month - from firebirds to Megacops, from truffles to hurricanes, from utopias (maybe) to civil rights marches - that it's impossible to describe. Except to say that every single story here is riveting, provocative, and remarkable. An extraordinary story collection from an extraordinary writer!" (Connie Willis, Hugo and Nebula Award winner)

"[E]loquently develops a series of passionately felt themes.... [O]ne of speculative fiction's most thoughtful and exciting writers." (Kirkus, starred review)

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  • R. Davis
  • Texas, USA
  • 2018-11-27

Beautiful

A wonderful collection of stories, from other worlds and our own, conceived and developed by Jemisin, then excellently brought to life by a host of narrative voices.

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  • Sheltopia
  • 2019-01-21

Fantastic collection of stories!

Loved these stories, a variety of speculative styles but each engaging, and loved the use of multiple narrators --made it easy to tell the stories apart and get drawn into each unique story.

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  • L
  • 2019-03-05

Great! One quibble with the audiobook editing

Brilliant writing, narrated well. I loved the variety of stories - the author, Jemisin, covers a lot of ground. I bought this book because I really enjoyed the Broken Earth trilogy, and I enjoyed her short stories even more. I loved the variety of her fantasy worlds, from magic cooking to computers to dirigibles to personified cities, and the differences in her story-telling styles. She comes to this book with an agenda of seeing more diversity in fantasy writing, and she delivers on that, too.

The narrators all do a great job, and I enjoyed the variety of readers.

My only criticism is that there are no pauses in between stories - they are treated like chapters, rather than unique short stories. I wish Hachette Audio had added a few seconds for the listener to gather themselves and let the story sink in, instead of immediately launching into the next without a pause. Like the moment of utter silence of an audience after a great musical performance. These stories deserve that.

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  • Emily Campa
  • 2019-01-11

N.K. Jemisin is Amazing!

I would like to thank N.K. Jemisin for reminding me what imagination is. She has created so many worlds in this collection it boggles the mind that they all came from the brain of one person! Her writing is smart, poetic (in many different voices) and can also be very funny. The speakers are top-notch — extremely talented at bringing all these disparate characters to life. I highly recommend this book and the Audible version in particular.

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  • Nee glov
  • 2019-02-12

Best stories

Each story make me feel like I was there I really really enjoy this offer and I will get more of her work thank you so much

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  • Randi Holtz
  • 2019-01-11

Diverse Short Stories

I appreciate the different ideas that the author explored in her short stories. They range from things touching on religion, AI, loneliness. Each character is developed and of African decent. Nice to read stories where the charters are black.

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  • D. Fyler
  • 2019-01-09

Amazing collection of short stories

The best compendium of short stories that I have ever read. I read the broken earth trilogy and also the thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemison. I love her novels. Short stories however are completely different animal. As someone who loves to read and has tried to write, I believe that short stories take the most amount of talent to write. Not only do you have to hook the reader quickly and spin very satisfying plot in a short period of time, you have to develop a depth to your characters in a very short period of time. And Ms. Jemison has shown herself to be one of the best writers in the genre today having obviously mastered the novel and the short story.

All of the short stories are wonderful. I loved many of them and liked all of them. My favorite short stories were The City Born Great which she won an award for, The Effluent Engine, The Brides of Heaven and Sinners, Saints, Dragons and Haints in the City Beneath the Still Waters Which is the last story in the collection.

Her love for New York City shines bright and strong in this collection as well as her enjoyment of New Orleans. This book is well worth your time and credit.

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  • gardner, S.
  • 2018-12-10

Disappointing...

Given the title, I was expecting some black futuristic tales of epic proportions. I didn’t get that at all. I’m not sure what this was exactly. It definitely didn’t have an Afrocentric vibe to me. To be fair, I didn’t listen to all of the book (I just couldn’t), nor did the author set the expectation that what I was thinking is what I’d be getting. Nevertheless, I was still disappointed. I had such high hopes for this book.

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