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Publisher's Summary

African-descended USians are finally obtaining reparations - underwater. Plunge into the action of a visionary future by the award-winning author of Everfair, with narration by LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation).

Five miles off the South Carolina coast, Darden and Catherina are getting their promised forty acres, all of it undersea. Like every Black “mer,” they’ve been experimentally modified to adapt to their new subaquatic home - and have met with extreme resistance from white supremacists. Darden has an inspired plan for resolution. For both those on land and the webbed bottom-dwellers below, Darden is hoping to change the wave of the future. 

Nisi Shawl’s 2043 . . . (A Merman I Should Turn to Be) is part of Black Stars, a multi-dimensional collection of speculative fiction from Black authors. Each story is a world much like our own. Read or listen to them in a single sitting.

©2021 by Nisi Shawl. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Decide your own ending

Loved the narrator, but the story ending was a bit convoluted. I just didn't get it. Liked the world building, though.

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weird

this is a unique and somewhat strange novella.
it takes places twenty or so years in the future and I kinda dug it.

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It was a creative concept and an interesting story written by Nisi Shawl.
I loved the narration by LeVar Burton!

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I didn't like it

The story...meh. I might try it again some other time. Just did not like it.

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1983 by Jimi Hendrix?

Sci-fi and mermaids and based on a song? Yes please!!

This is essentially a songfic, for those of you familiar with fanfic, and I'm in love with it. I need a full universe of this world. 😻

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Interesting

A bit unorganized in the storyline but otherwise decent. This was definitely a different take on what could've been.

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Mediocre story, wonderful narration.

I found myself having a hard time believing the premise of this story. It was also difficult to identify with the main characters. As usual, Levar Burton's narration was superb. I wish the material did justice to his voice. Overall, this story was mostly so so, despite some glimmers of hope.

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Why keep changing for a people who will never be satisfied?
This story shows that no one read their history.

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Odd, Wordy, and Unfulling

The amount of meandering and needless backpedaling in this short story, leaves one to wonder how did it ever managed to remain short. Most of the story is spent talking about how the previsions to become a merperson came about, and the protagonist's journey to a concert. An interesting concept, this short was done in by convoluted storytelling that, excuse the pun, drowned out the actual plot. To find purpose in this tale, one must be as dedicated as an archaeologist dead set on finding the lost city of Atlantis.

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Cool concept. I wanted to like it, but the story is confusing and disjointed, so the execution falls flat. It's like a first draft to a books early chapters. You can't appreciate LaVar Burton being the narrator, because you spend most of the story saying ' wait, what?'

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  • 09-04-21

I don't get it

I really don't get this. It's too short to make much sense, reads like a proof of concept rather than a standalone short story.