How Long 'til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin

How Long 'til Black Future Month?

In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded city 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 figure out how to save her daughter from a fey...

Details How Long 'til Black Future Month?

TitleHow Long 'til Black Future Month?
Release DateNov 27th, 2018
GenreShort Stories, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction

Reviews How Long 'til Black Future Month?

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Updated to add additional reviews for stories that are in this collection. "The Storyteller's Replacement" and "Cuisine des Mémoires" are nominated for a 2019 Locus award.Goodreads has pulled together a couple of my Jemisin short story reviews and dumped them here, since they appear in her new short fiction collection, How Long 'til Black Future Month?. As it turns out, I've already read and reviewed some of her other stories in this collection,...
  • Elena May
    “Each city must emerge on its own or die trying.” This story made me realize something about speculative fiction.The tale started and went on, and, for the first few pages, there were no fantasy or science fiction elements in sight. But I was already into the story, I was attached to the characters, I cared what would happen. And this is one of the elements that make a great fantasy story – the characters and the writing need to already be...
  • Holly
    3.5 starsI absolutely *LOVED* this author's Broken Earth trilogy (starts with The Fifth Season) so I was really excited to pick up this collection of short stories. However, and it pains me to say this, I am not sure why this collection was published because the majority of the stories didn't particularly 'wow' me. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy some of them, there were a handful I actually REALLY wish were expanded into a full length nove...
  • Hiu Gregg
    This was, I’m ashamed to admit, the first N.K. Jemisin book I’ve ever read. I don’t say this because I subscribe to the belief that there are books which are “required reading” in the fantasy genre (because I absolutely don’t), but rather because on reading the stories in How Long ’til Black Future Month, I was struck by just how damned gifted Jemisin is as a writer. And yet I’m only finding that out now.But then, “gifted” isn...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2.5 stars. One of the 2017 Hugo nominees, in the short story category. This story is free online here at Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:I was delighted to see a new online fantasy short story on by the talented N.K. Jemisin. Unfortunately, this one wasn’t to my taste, but I think it’s likely to appeal to many readers.New York City is in the process of being literally “born,” as all great cities must be w...
  • Leah Rachel von Essen
    How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? is simply superb. There wasn’t a story in the twenty-two that didn’t impress. Jemisin is a science fiction and fantasy powerhouse, and that is clear by the sheer variety of tales told—there are a dozen novel-worthy worlds crafted in this volume. Jemisin opens with “The Ones Who Stay and Fight,” a direct story response to Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.” It ends with a pa...
  • Althea Ann
    One of my Hugo nominees, short story, 2016.____It's the third time this has happened: I heard the author read this at a public event, and for a few minutes couldn't figure out why it sounded so awfully familiar upon reading it, when I *knew* it was a just-published story. It's a wonderful story. It draws upon a rich literary concept: that of the city as an entity with its own unique personality and *being*. And cities here - those with a rich, li...
  • Marchpane
    Based on the title, I was expecting How Long ‘til Black Future Month? to be a little more sci-fi leaning and/or a lot more overtly political. But as Jemisin points out in her introduction, just being a black woman writing sci-fi and fantasy that features black characters is a political act. Occasionally she does reference real-world events, such as the terrific “Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters”, ...
  • carol.
    2016-09-10***Hey, Great job, Goodreads! This review was for a single short story, The Evaluators, but maybe also for another short story, "The Narcomancer." Idk, because my links are broken and the you re-shelved my review under a collection of short stories. So I should probably delete this review because I have no idea what it's reviewing. Jerks.---carol. 5/19While I had links to the stories, it appears Jemisin had...
  • Bradley
    This '17 nom for the Hugos started out in a way that made me worry, just a bit, that it might not have the right SF or F twist to it that I was hoping for, appearing more like a love/hate letter to NYC, but, indeed, I should never worry.This is Jemisin, after all. It quickly became something reminiscent of pieces of Railsea with the tagging and the birth-pains of a city as it comes alive, gets consciousness, rises up with soul. What's more, it re...
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    I loved this one! Which makes me really excited about reading The Fifth Season next. By the way, any of you can read it for free here.I think Jemisin did a really good job fleshing out the story in such short form. Beautiful writing as well. And I would like to see this elaborated into something bigger. Somehow, it felt like fantasy with horror elements - reminds me of Stephen King a little bit. So much promise in such a short piece of fiction!If...
  • Anthony
    Impressively varied in tone, voice, subject, and style, this short story collection was wonderfully entertaining and provocative. N.K. Jemisin writes with enormous confidence, takes big risks, and doesn’t settle for the easy way out. Well worth reading.
  • karen
    I’ll starve to death someday, or freeze some winter night, or catch something that rots me away until the hospitals have to take me, even without money or an address. But I’ll sing and paint and dance and fuck and cry the city before I’m done, because it’s mine. It’s fucking mine. That’s to comeread it for yourself here:
  • Mir
    This was a pretty awesome, original short story about alien contact. It was told in the form of fragmentary documents: reports, IMs, recorded conversations, etc. There were also visual and formatting elements, but unfortunately I was unable to read this on the WIRED site because of pop-ups, so I pasted it into a text document and was not able to see the images. Still really enjoyed it, though, and would read more set in this world.
  • Emma
    Review to follow
  • Sarah
    I finished and it only took 5 days. Go me!I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this. From Jemisin I’ve only ever read The Fifth Season, and my relationship with that was only lukewarm. I did know that she had some fantastic ideas for worlds and narrative choices though, so I was hopeful.I’m happy to say that every single story in this book reaffirms what I’ve stated above. Jemisin is truly a creative genius and her writing is top notch...
  • Sahitya
    Jemisin is a phenomenal writer and every story of hers reflects her talent. She has a knack for telling stories and creating worlds with a lot of depth and meaning and lot of parallels to our real world. This collection of short stories has its own share of some great ones and some not so good ones, but my main problem was that there were a few I just didn’t understand. I’ve felt this before about the author’s works - she writes on a whole ...
  • Jokoloyo
    The art and the web design is reinforcing the atmosphere of the story. One of my better read for SF short story on 2017. A fascinating contact-with-another-species story with web style storytelling. I admit I add 1 star due to the design.Maybe only I did the mistake, but when first time I read it, I was confused with the timeline. Please make sure you notice the time record of each section/chapter.For the title art, if the page art seems too larg...
  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    A majestic collection of fantasy and sciencefiction short stories from N.K. Jemisin, one of my favourite authors. There's incredible variety in here, from a world where "quantum proliferation" has propelled everyone into separate looping realities to a magical recipe that keeps you forever young to a restaurant that can serve any meal from any day in history to an uncanny exactness. Some stories are stronger than others, but overall an excellent ...
  • Gary
    Included in my review of the 6 short story Hugo nominees: Jemisin’s short fantasy adventure, cities that have grown old and large enough get to live, if the chosen midwife succeeds in birthing it. A homeless man is given this role for New York City, and he races to sing the city to life against an ancient enemy that wants to stop him.This story is a little too compact for its grand premise, and maybe a...
  • Caro the Helmet Lady
    Stories like this one are the reason I love sci-fi.
  • Rana
    Is there even any doubt that this would be fucking fantastic?
  • Liz Barnsley
    I’ve recently been making my way through this authors ” Broken Earth ” trilogy – one book to go- and the way she writes is so creative, beautifully done, so as a fan of short stories generally I was looking forward to this.There is an art to the short story form, not every author no matter how talented can pull them off, but N K Jemisin certainly can. In this collection we have varying lengths but each one is a small gem unto itself, expl...
  • Makeda / ColourLit
    Review pending...just know I loved this collection. to buy The Inheritance Trilogy and Dreamblood Duology! Review pending...just know I loved this collection. 🏃🏾‍♀️ 🏃🏾‍♀️ 🏃🏾‍♀️ to buy The Inheritance Trilogy and Dreamblood Duology!
  • HBalikov
    I would like to be able to provide you with a deeper review. Yet, I don’t want to delay getting this before you.A WinnerThis is a special story that, in a positive way, makes me think of some of what Italo Calvino was doing in his Invisible Cities.Our un-named protagonist is an urban survivor: "I’m skinny, dark; that helps, too. All I want to do is paint, man, because it’s in me and I need to get it out."The mission is simply stated: “Thi...
  • Mitticus
    Didn't work for me.An inconected start , pretty meh, gets better to the end, but leaves many things hanging.Who is the 'Enemy', anyway? Tendria que entrar a pensar yo en la busqueda de un significado a esta historia y entrar a especular que un jovenzuelo que vive en la calle y se vende para vivir representa a los anónimos que conforman la parte viva de una ciudad ... o algo asi. Pero esa es solo cosa mia. I rather prefer in matters of magical al...
  • André Oliveira
    yup, I just found out that I don't like short stories, which is a bummer :(So don't take this review seriously. If you like short stories, definitely try this book, it has some interesting ideasI am still really excited to read The Broken Earth trilogy!!!
  • Hannah
    HOW DOES SHE DO IT?! How in the world is her mind so freaking brilliant? I demand an answer...This is definitely my absolute favorite short story collection I've read so far. I was head over heels for 19 of the stories and only didn't enjoy 3 of them. I can still say with certainty that they were all strong, stunning, and breathtaking (yes, even the unfortunate 3. Just because I didn't like them as much didn't mean they weren't amazing in their o...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    Wow! This is a fantastic collection of diverse short stiries. I need to read anything and everything from N.K. Jemisin stat!