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These Alien Skies (Black Stars) Kindle Edition
Accidents happen in the strange realms of the African Union system. One of them sends two humans to the far side of a star gate in a thrilling short story of hope, survival, and new dimensions.
Copilots Msizi and Tariro are testing a newly constructed wormhole jump that presumably leads to unsettled habitable worlds. Then an explosion sends them off course, far from where they started and with little chance of ever making it back. Now they’re stranded on their new home for the diaspora. It’s called Malcolm X-b. But they’re beginning to wonder how many light-years from civilization they really are.
C.T. Rwizi’s These Alien Skies is part of Black Stars, a multi-dimensional collection of speculative fiction from Black authors. Each story is a world much like our own. Read or listen to them in a single sitting.
“Science fiction invites audiences to imagine new and different worlds…Soon readers (and listeners) will be able to add some new voices and stories to this mix, thanks to an upcoming collection of short stories from Amazon Original Stories.” —SYFY Wire
“Part of what makes Black Stars so special is the fact that it is showcasing speculative science fiction from Black authors from around the world.” —SYFY Wire
“With a host of amazing authors, Black Stars is perfect for lovers of Afrofuturism, Caribbean science fiction, and African jujuism. As you read the stories, you’ll start to understand why there are so many different genres in the collection…Black Stars introduces people to so many different frameworks, showing the diversity of stories created when Black authors across the diaspora infuse their unique cultural perspectives into these narratives, creating an abundance of originality that lets readers imagine wildly different worlds, realities, and futures.” —Shondaland
About the Author
C. T. Rwizi is the author of Scarlet Odyssey and Requiem Moon. He was born in Zimbabwe, grew up in Swaziland, finished high school in Costa Rica, got a BA in government at Dartmouth in the United States, and currently lives in South Africa with his family. C. T. is a self-professed lover of synthwave.
- ASIN : B098QRGYHR
- Publisher : Amazon Original Stories (August 31, 2021)
- Publication date : August 31, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 5508 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 25 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #43,313 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In These Alien Skies (Black Stars #4), author C.T. Rwizi pulls together a clear and concise science fiction fantasy that is engaging, moving, and well-written. I am not familiar with the author’s work beyond this novella, but with this introduction I’m sure I will be reading more of him.
Two co-pilots are doing testing when an explosion occurs that lands them stranded in their new uninhabited home in Malcolm X-b. They are forced to consider their odds for survival within this habitat and can only hope that what they see and what they know is all real and true.
The writing was solid, the characters well developed and the plot line was definitely thoughtfully constructed.
The writing in These Alien Skies is sharp and the plot points actually connect but I can’t shake the feeling that certain parameters were imposed from without as a condition to publication. Maybe I’m overreaching, but all the markers that lead to such conclusions are present nevertheless: An intensive focus on the emerging presence of LGBT relationships in lieu of the ones that would normally lead to the creation of reproducing nuclear families; very few to no children, and definitely no black Afrikan babies; a strong association to actual poverty or a poverty-mindset; the lack of any credible hope for the future. The reader sounded as if she should have been attending a funeral service. After a certain point, I just decided to read the story for myself.
I simply cannot recommend this book.
The voice of the audio edition add to the mystery of the story, making the reader question reality.
Wow this was so good. I was disappointed with the other books in this little series and I almost didn’t read this one but I’m glad I did. It was exactly what I wanted. A small glimpse of a different genre for me. Sci-fi fantasy, specifically by Black authors. The detail of the world/planet was amazing. I was able to see it (somewhat) and it didn’t confuse me, unlike the others in this series.
Besides the talks about race,there was also a twist. Loving someone so much and loosing them. Making them your only source of happiness. Investing so much of yourself into them and then loosing them, unable to let go. That was beautiful
Highly recommended to fans of science fiction, space opera, Afrofuturism, and stories by black authors.