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The Rust, published in Glimpse anthology

I’m absolutely thrilled to have my short story, The Rust, published by Peepal Tree Press in their new anthology of Black British speculative fiction: Glimpse.

‘I’ve built you a body,’ Itzel tells her sibling, Akọ, a digital intelligence she lives with. And so starts an unusual and momentous day for them, told from Akọ’s perspective (The Rust by Jeda Pearl).

I have huge gratitude for the rigorous editing process that developed The Rust into the story it became, and I’m in awe of the writers my work will sit beside! Big thanks to Leone Ross and Kadija George for seeing the potential.

Glimpse book cover, art by Ronnie McGrath: abstract humanoid has an ankh attached to forehead, green laser eyeline and blue face

Contributors to the Glimpse anthology include award winning and internationally renowned fiction writers, poets and visual artists: Patience Agbabi, Muli Amaye, Alinah Azadeh, Judith Bryan, Patricia Cumper, Joshuah Idehen, Peter Kalu, Ronnie McGrath, Cedar Montieth, Chantal Oakes, Irenosen Okojie, Koye Oyedeji, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Jeda Pearl, Aisha Phoenix, Akila Richards, Ioney Smallhorne, Melissa Wagner and Gemma Weekes.

Foreword Reynaldo Anderson. Cover artist: Ronnie McGrath.

Edited by Leone Ross

“What a thrilling time this is for speculative fiction! Glimpse is an exciting book from a community I have admired for years. These brilliant Black British creatives are writing themselves into speculative pasts and futures, widening an ever-growing circle of new visionary work that reimagines identities and cultures in a masterful form that readers love, the short story.”

—  Sheree Renée Thomas, Editor of Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

“Glimpse is the first anthology of speculative fiction by Black British writers, showcasing a variety of distinctive and exclusive narratives. They include Afrofuturistic, magic realism and transformational stories, glancing into different worlds and new lives.  These stories create a dichotomy between the comfortable and the mysterious, tantalizing in their mystique and refreshing in their insight.”  – Peepal Tree Press

Editor: Leone Ross is a fiction writer and editor. Her latest novel is the New York Times’ Editor’s Choice This One Sky Day/Popisho (Faber/FSG, 2021). Described by the Times Literary Supplement as ‘a master of detail’, her fiction has been nominated for the Women’s Prize, the Goldsmiths award, the RSL Ondjaate award, and the Edge Hill Prize, among others. 

Dr. Reynaldo Anderson is an Associate Professor at Temple University in Africology and African American Studies, and the executive director and co-founder of the Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM).

Series Editor: Kadija Sesay is the Publications Manager for Inscribe, a professional writers development programme.

Cover artwork: Ronnie McGrath

Sheree Renée Thomas is a Hugo Award Finalist and author of Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future and Marvel’s Panther’s Rage, two-time World Fantasy Award-winning editor of Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora and Dark Matter: Reading the Bones, co-editor of Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative Fiction, collaborator with Janelle Monae on the New York Times bestselling collection, The Memory Librarian and Other Stories of Dirty Computer.

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