New York: Warner Books, Inc., 2000. First Edition. The first anthology of its kind, gathering more than a century of speculative, fantasy, and science fiction stories from African American authors. Among the 29 short stories are contributions by Charles W. Chesnutt, W.E.B. Du Bois, Henry Dumas, Charles Saunders, Kalamu ya Salaam, Octavia Butler, Samuel Delany, Nalo Hopkinson, Tananarive Due, Nisi Shawl, Steven Barnes, Ishmael Reed, Amiri Baraka, and Ama Patterson, et al. Includes Sheree Thomas's introduction "Looking for the Invisible," as well as essays by Delany ("Racism and Science Fiction"), Butler ("The Monophobic Response"), Saunders ("Why Blacks Should Read (and Write) Science Fiction"), Walter Mosley ("Black to the Future"), and Paul D. Miller ("Yet Do I Wonder"). Item #5042
First Printing. Octavo (23.5cm); black paper-covered boards, with titles stamped in metallic red on spine; dustjacket; xvi,427,pp. Signed on the half-title page by the following contributors: Octavia E. Butler, Nisi Shawl, Tananarive Due, and Steven Barnes. Some trivial production creasing to spine ends, else Fine in a Fine, unclipped dustjacket (priced $24.95).