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Trouble the Waters: Tales from the Deep Blue

Trouble the Waters: Tales from the Deep Blue

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Trouble the Waters gathers the tidal force of bestselling, renowned writers from Lagos to New Orleans, Memphis to Copenhagen, Northern Ireland and London, offering extraordinary speculative fiction tales of ancient waters in all its myriad forms. Meet techno savvy water spirits, bayou saints and sirens, robots and river rootwomen, a pod of joyful space whales, and a castle of water-born terrors and mysteries. Including work by Nalo Hopkinson, Jaquira Diaz, Andrea Hairston, Linda D. Addison, Rion Amilcar Scott, Marie Vibbert, Maurice Broaddus, and other breakout beautiful voices, these stories and poems celebrate the most vital of elemental forces, water.

Author: Sheree Renée Thomas
Publisher: Third Man Books
Published: 01/18/2022
Pages: 404
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.35lbs
Size: 8.90h x 6.00w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9781734842272

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 11/01/2021
Booklist 11/01/2021 pg. 22

About the Author

Sheree Renée Thomas is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, and editor. Her work is inspired by myth and folklore, natural science, and the genius of the Mississippi Delta. Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (Third Man Books 2020) is her debut fiction collection. She is also the author of the hybrid collections, Sleeping Under the Tree of Life (Aqueduct Press 2016), longlisted for the 2016 Otherwise Award and honored with a PW Starred Review and Shotgun Lullabies (2011). She edited the two-time World Fantasy Award-winning groundbreaking anthologies, Dark Matter (2000, 2004) and is the first to introduce W.E.B. Du Bois's science fiction short stories.

Her work is widely anthologized and appears in Marvel's Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda edited by Jesse J. Holland, The New York Times, and The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (1945 - 2010) edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer (Vintage 2020). She was honored as a 2020 World Fantasy Award Finalist in the Special Award - Professional category for contributions to the genre and is the Editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, founded in 1949 and Associate Editor of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, founded in 1975. She also reviews new books for Asimov's. She is a Special Guest and a co-host of the 2021 Hugo Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC. Sheree lives in Memphis, Tennessee, near a mighty river and a pyramid. Visit

Pan Morigan is a Canadian/American singer/songwriter and writer from the great lakes part of the world where the long, stormy sky is a powerful influence, and the primary landscape. She composed, produced, and sang the album Wild Blue and Castles of Gold, and has a recording of original songs forthcoming for 2021. (Hear at She has toured as a vocalist with novelist/playwright Andrea Hairston, composer/cellist Adele O'Dwyer, pianist Steve Gores, and singer/composer Bobby McFerrin, among others. In collaboration with Andrea Hairston and Chrysalis Theater, she created and performed music for over 30 original plays and is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in music composition. She is the editor of In Jerusalem and Other Poems by Tamim Al-Barghouti for Interlink Press as well as other texts. She writes surrealist fiction and poetry and has work forthcoming in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Troy L. Wiggins is an award-winning writer and editor of Black Speculative Fiction from Memphis, Tennessee. His stories have appeared in several online venues, including Strange Horizons, Uncanny, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Fireside, and in print anthologies including Long Hidden, Memphis Noir, Tiny Nightmares, and the forthcoming Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda (Titan Books).

Troy is a founding member and former editor of the Hugo Award nominated, World Fantasy Award winning FIYAH Literary Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, and is the 2018 inductee to the Dal Coger Memorial Hall of Fame for his contributions to Speculative Fiction in Memphis. His published essays cover a range of topics, and he has been a panelist and lecturer at several genre and academic events.

When not writing fiction, Troy works in higher education communications. He examines the intersections of speculative fiction, blackness, and nerd culture at his blog, Afrofantasy. Learn more about him on Twitter at @TroyLWiggins.

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