An Unkindness of Ghosts - Rivers Solomon 🛸
Aster lives in the lowdeck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organised much like the antebellum South. The ship’s leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions and deep indignities on dark-skinned sharecroppers like Aster. Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer, Aster learns there may be a way to improve her lot - if she’s willing to sow the seeds of civil war. .
I think I have found the perfect sci-fi novel. This is an utterly flawless debut and completely magnificent. Rivers Solomon drops you straight into the world of Matilda, but there’s not a single over-written passage of exposition, or any struggle to work out the rules of the ship and its universe.
I loved Aster - she’s spunky and fierce and protective of her friends, takes things too literally, struggles with emotions, and doesn’t feel entirely like a woman or a man. Her longtime friend the Surgeon General is the queer biracial bastard child of the Sovereign, and her childhood friend Giselle suffers from mental health issues and the effects of trauma - and both are fully realised and wonderfully written characters. On one level of the ship, gender isn’t assigned at birth. Like with Becky Chambers’s books, this is such a refreshing approach to a genre which is all about imagination yet which so often reproduces the structural inequalities and hierarchies of our current society.
Honestly, I could not recommend this book enough - to sci-fi fans and non-sci-fi readers alike! I can’t wait to see what Rivers Solomon comes up with next.
Thanks to Watercare & @benandjerrysnz for supporting our mahi!! P.s. This was our Volunteer Coordinator Min’s first dab (she’s on the right in the first photo). So glad we captured the auspicious occasion 😂😂
Out Loud Aotearoa: The Exhibition is officially open at Studio One Toi Tū at 1 Ponsonby Road - we're pretty proud of this one, go check it out!
156611 February, 2019
Three weeks flies when you’re having fun!
Today is the last day of Midsumma, Australia’s premier LGBTQIA+ cultural festival.
If you’ve been celebrating with us we hope you had a great time – and if you were unfamiliar Midsumma we hope you learned some new things along the way!
Congratulations to the Midsumma crew for putting on such a fun, safe, inclusive, diverse and community-focused event.
The last 2 weeks in the transgender and powerlifting scene has been intense following @jayceeisalive ban from @usapowerlifting and has sparked off fueled debates.
I stand with JayCee and every other transgender and gender diverse person on the planet in their right to play sport without discrimination or question, and to be valued based on their abilities.
I am grateful for the support of trans athletes over the world and in Australia and our allies. The growing group of trans athletes supporters has carried me through this incredibly challenging 2 weeks, I am so proud of how we have moved forward together and how open and respectful so many people have been.
I have also been deeply hurt, and disappointed by the behaviour of people in the powerlifting scene that I have looked up to and respected since I began lifting. Powerlifting has always felt like a safe space for me as a trans competitor, I have always felt valued for my strength and journey, I have always felt respected and like I belong. The past 2 weeks have challenged this and it has rocked me.
So, I have some advice:
- be respectful, if you do not understand transgender identity, non binary or any other form of identity/pronouns etc either private message a person you know who is open to discussion or do your own research before conversing. It is never right to put someone in a position where they feel they have to defend their identity or are challenged as to whether they are ‘real’ or not. - ask the people who know, or are educated in this topic. Be supportive. Be aware of your own emotions and opinions and understand that just because you ‘feel’ a certain way or thing is right, your knowledge may be limited and outdated. Check yourself every step of the way. - look after each other. Trans people are vulnerable. There are barriers to almost every part of our lives based off our gender transition which makes life incredibly emotionally taxing. Shout out to @trans_strong for copping the emotional labour, and our allies @burleystrength@sizeable_dorrit@brokenmatt73@rockabillypowerlifter@torn_your_dress@firstname.lastname@example.org@email@example.com
115208 February, 2019
it's GIVEAWAY TIME!! We have 20 free tickets to give away to the Tāmaki Makaurau screening of Boy Erased on the 14th. All you have to do is follow us, comment on this post and tag the friend you'd like to bring with you - the first 10 people & their lucky friends win! 💜