Queer Universes: Sexualities in Science Fiction

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'Happy That It's Here':
An Interview with Nalo Hopkinson

Nancy Johnston

Oho. Like it starting, oui? Don't be frightened, sweetness; is for the best.
I go be with you the whole time. Trust me and let me distract you little
bit with one anansi story:

It had a woman, you see, a strong, hard-back woman with skin like
cocoa-tea. She two foot-them tough from hiking through the diable
bush, the devil bush on the prison planet of New Half-Way Tree. When
she walk, she foot strike the hard earth bup! Like breadfruit dropping
to the ground. She two arms hard with muscle from all the years of
hacking paths through the diable bush on New Half-Way Tree. Even she
hair itself rough and wiry; long black knotty locks springing from she
scalp and corkscrewing all the way down she back. She name Tan-Tan,
and New Half-Way Tree was she planet.

— Nalo Hopkinson, Midnight Robber 1

Nalo Hopkinson, a Jamaican-born Canadian author, has become in less than a decade a critically acclaimed novelist of speculative/science fiction and an original voice in the critical and political debates about speculative fiction, feminism, and afro-futurism. For her three novels, Brown Girl in the Ring (1998), Midnight Robber (2000), The Salt Roads (2003), for her collection of short fiction, Skin Folk (2001), and for her three edited anthologies, she has received wide critical recognition, including winning the Locus First Novel Award, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and the World Fantasy Award, among others. Her most recent novel, The New Moon's Arms (2007), is published by Warner/Hachett. Hopkinson attended the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop as a student in 1995; now she is one of its teachers.

I first met Nalo Hopkinson in 1999 when she agreed to read from her

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