How Long Til Black Future Month

How Long Til Black Future Month

Dust jacket and full-color interior illustrations by Paul Lewin.

Our edition of How Long ‘Til Black Future Month will be oversized, printed in two colors on 80# Finch, with a full-color dust jacket and four full-color interior plates by Paul Lewin.

We've had some customers express concern that we're establishing a new, much higher price point for Nora's books with this collection. How Long 'Til Black Future Month? is an outlier. You can expect The Inheritance Trilogy to be priced much more closely to The Broken Earth Trilogy.

About the Book:

This first collection by multiple award-winning novelist N. K. Jemisin demonstrates the enormous reach of her shorter work, which is galaxy-wide and eons-deep. Opening with the audacious “The Ones Who Stay and Fight,” a story in direct conversation with Ursula K. Le Guin’s unforgettable “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” How Long ‘Til Black Future Month includes among other joys an adventure tale set in a steamfunky 19th-century New Orleans (“The Effluent Engine”); a strangely plausible, deeply moving depiction of the virtual survivors of a real-life apocalypse (“Too Many Yesterdays, Not Enough Tomorrows”); and an opulently sensual account of wealthy gourmets playing havoc with taste and time (“Cuisine des Mémoires”). Plus the appearances here of “Stone Hunger,” set in the world of her acclaimed Broken Earth trilogy, and “The Narcomancer,” set in the world of her Dreamblood duology, help us see all forms of Jemisin’s writing as part of a glorious whole.

The twenty-two stories in How Long ‘Til Black Future Month span more than a decade. They’ve been collected from sources as diverse as online genre venues, printed anthologies, literary magazines, and podcasts. Gathered together, they mark a new high in Jemisin’s stellar career. As she tells us in the book’s introduction, short stories are where Jemisin started out. That makes them the perfect jumping-off place for subsequent stages in her bright artistic future. Read them now and you’ll be ready for whatever comes next. 

Lettered: 52 signed, specially bound copies, housed in a custom traycase

Limited: 400 signed numbered hardcover copies

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):

“In 22 powerful and mind-expanding stories, several of which appear for the first time here, Hugo winner Jemisin (The Stone Sky) pushes boundaries, experiments with format and theme, and challenges expectations… Those who only know Jemisin for her groundbreaking novels will be impressed all over again by her short fiction, and it serves as an excellent introduction for those unfamiliar with her work.”


Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • The Ones Who Stay and Fight
  • The City Born Great
  • Red Dirt Witch
  • L’Alchimista
  • The Effluent Engine 
  • Cloud Dragon Skies 
  • The Trojan Girl
  • Valedictorian
  • The Storyteller’s Replacement
  • The Brides of Heaven
  • The Evaluators
  • Walking Awake
  • The Elevator Dancer
  • Cuisine des Mémoires
  • Stone Hunger
  • On the Banks of the River Lex
  • The Narcomancer
  • Henosis
  • Too Many Yesterdays, Not Enough Tomorrows
  • The You Train
  • Non-Zero Probabilities
  • Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters
  • Acknowledgments


N. K. Jemisin
328 pages
United States
Out of Print