{EIC Reading Recommendation} Afrofuturists: Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales) by Rasheedah Phillips

The future is now. So, there’s no better time to delve into afrofuturist writing and literary explorations. “Afrofuturism is not only a subgenre of science fiction. It is a larger aesthetic mode that encompasses a diverse range of artists working in different genres and media who are united by their shared interest in projecting black futures derived from Afrodiasporic experiences” (Yaszek 2006). You can get lost in the rich history and artistic contributions of Afrofuturist artists and writers. One contribution we love is the book, Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales) by Rasheedah Phillips.

Rasheedah is a civil rights lawyer, author, co- founder of Black Quantum Futurism and creative director of Afrofuturist Affair. Her debut book is an adventure in time travel that will keep you enthralled to the very last page.

While you’re at home facing the reality of a mass pandemic, we urge you to read and explore as much as you can.

You can order Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales) by Rasheedah Phillips here.

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The interweaving stories in Recurrence Plot and Other Time Travel Tales present characters whose stories challenge the notion that time flows in only one direction. If you want to understand what is happening at any given point in time, you cannot only look to the past for clues. You must consider the future.

A journalist races against time itself to expose the entity preying on young male teens in Philadelphia. A crystal, memory-storing bracelet transports a young mother back to the day of her own mother’s traumatic death. An unknown force of nature causes time to start flowing backwards. . .

Using quantum physics as an imaginative landscape, Phillips’ debut speculative collection Recurrence Plot attempts to walk the fine line between fiction and reality, fate and free will, and past, present, and future.