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The A More Diverse Universe Blog Tour will take place from September 23rd to September 29th.  To participate, you need only read and review book in the speculative fiction genre that was written by a person of color. I will be posting reviews on 27,28 and 29 September.

Here’s my reading list:

Indian Literature has been a little low on modern Fantasy stories. I stumbled upon one of my favorite Indian author’s speculative fiction book.

The Unicorn Expedition and Other Stories: The Exploits of Professor Shonku by Satyajit Ray

Professor Shonku cannot dismiss without proof the possibility that unicorns do exist somewhere on earth. In fact, Charles Willard, a fellow scientist, claimed to have actually seen them in Tibet, but, unfortunately, died shortly afterwards. So, when Shonku learns that another expedition is starting off for Tibet, he jumps at the opportunity to trace Willard’s route and find the unicorns.

Tibet is just one of the exotic places Professor Shonku’s exploits take him in this volume of stories. In the Sahara he comes face to face with a massive pyramid-like structure no one knew of earlier; he travels underwater in a submarine with two Japanese scientists to investigate the sudden appearance of deadly red fish that have taken to eating humans; in the caves of Bolivia he meets a primitive man who has been painting his dwelling with animal figures and strange mathematical formulae; and on a peculiar island which has appeared out of nowhere in the Pacific Ocean horrific plants suck out all his learning from his brain

When I read the blurb for next book,I knew I had to read it. It sounds so strong. Try reading this line and guess why I picked

Reports from Planet Midnight by Nalo Hopkinson

     Infused with feminist, Afro-Caribbean views of the  science fiction and fantasy genres, this collection of offbeat and highly original works takes aim at race and racism in literature. In “Report from Planet Midnight,” at the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts, an alien addresses the crowd, evaluating Earth’s “strange” customs, including the marginalization of works by nonwhite and female writers. “Message in a Bottle” shows Greg, an American Indian artist, befriending a strange four-year-old who seems wise beyond her years. While preparing an exhibition, he discovers that the young girl is a traveler from the future sent to recover art from the distant past—which apparently includes his own work. Concluding the book with series editor Terry Bisson’s Outspoken Interview, Nalo Hopkinson shares laughs, loves, and top-secret Caribbean spells.

Next book was so widely recommended that I had to read it.

The Einstein Intersection by Samuel Delany 

The Einstein Intersection won the Nebula Award for best science fiction novel of 1967. The surface story tells of the problems a member of an alien race, Lo Lobey, has assimilating the mythology of earth, where his kind have settled among the leftover artifacts of humanity. The deeper tale concerns, however, the way those who are “different” must deal with the dominant cultural ideology. The tale follows Lobey’s mythic quest for his lost love, Friza. In luminous and hallucinated language, it explores what new myths might emerge from the detritus of the human world as those who are “different” try to seize history and the day.

I also had a confirmation from one of Indian Fantasy Author Samit Basu and will be interviewing him for the tour. He is author of Gameworld Trilogy.I am planning to have a chat with him on Fantasy in Indian Literature and General.