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Looking for a Good Summer Read?

Jul 26, 2023   |   Dartmouth News

Dartmouth News asked 10 faculty members and staff what one book they are looking forward to reading this summer, and why. The list included engineering professor Sol Diamond, co-leader of the Dartmouth Speculative Fiction Project.

Solomon Diamond

Associate Professor of Engineering

I'm looking forward to reading Africanfuturism: An Anthology, edited by Wole Talabi. This is a collection of eight science fiction stories from established and emerging authors of African science fiction.

The book was recommended to me by Mukhtara Yusuf '12, visiting assistant professor at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering, while I was sharing about the forthcoming Dartmouth Speculative Fiction Project that I am helping to develop as co-director of the Design Initiative at Dartmouth.

In this context I am taking time this summer to reflect on the relationship between speculative fiction and human-centered design in addressing complex problems in society. I'm excited to read Africanfuturism to gain some new perspectives on this question. (A PDF of the book is available for free download).

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