Rivers Solomon on colonialism, the apocalypse, and fascinating fungus

In Rivers Solomon’s story for Better Worlds, “St. Juju,” two lovers contend with the different lives they lead, and the diverging paths where those lives will take them, in a future where life on Earth is drastically different.

Solomon is an acclaimed author whose first novel, An Unkindness of Ghosts, hit bookstores in 2017. It follows life aboard a generation ship where society has become stratified along racial lines. Solomon is part of the writing team for Serial Box’s upcoming space opera series The Vela, and their next novel is an adaptation of “The Deep,” an Afrofuturist song by Clipping. The song was written for This American Life’s episode about the subgenre, “We Are In the Future,” and it was nominated for a Hugo Award last…

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