I stumbled upon this gem in the clearance section of an used book store.
N’Alabama, a mix of ubermensch mentality and southern values, wars against N’Haiti, these people of dark skin. The N’Haitis have a plan to resurrect the ancient vodu traditions of their ancestors to fill their ranks. The N’Yu-Atlanchi are small sensory organs with no self who swim in a crystal cavern of a planet, where they are birthed from the All-Mother that nests at the planet’s core. The Aboriginal Australians of Old Earth sail the stars in membrane ships without clunky space gear because their ancestors’ years in the Australian blastscape prepared them well for the rigors of space, their flesh rich with darkly protective melanin that enables them to stroll the hard radiation of vacuum; enshrouded in an air envelope and unencumbered by a suit, they possess a grace and agility that boggles the ground squirmers when they leap from mast to mast to rig the sails like sailors on the clipper ships of O’Earth. The Bentfin Boomer Boys are N’Ala spacerines hellbent on destroying them futhermucking furgem nigras with a soft spot for a bit of manly cuddling and the cruel clit glint of spangspot in the eyes of Miss Merriass Markham as she cracks her whip and makes it dance on the back of a groveling darkie on Little Old New Alabama.
The reader’s window of perception jogs about a lot, and the reader is not given the chance to attach to a single character except for a select few. Approaching economy, racial bigotry, pedophilia, homosexuality, war, drugs, and sex in a small 300 something page Finnegan’s Wakesque volume, Richard A. Lupoff is brilliant. I’d place it up there with The Stars My Destination, in terms of the value of its (would potential value be a better term, considering it didn’t raise a hell of a noise like Harlan Ellison claims on a blurb… or did it? I find myself so far removed from events of historical significance that did not occur within my lifetime and it’s sometimes difficult to find information about muted events of the past) contribution of the genre.
A vastly under-rated gem that is most definitely going on my Highly Recommended SF booklist. Now I’m keeping an eye out for a copy of Again, Dangerous Visions which contains the original short story “The Bentfin Boomer Boys on Little Old New Alabama”