by Nalo Hopkinson
Seven-year-old Tan-Tan dresses in her favorite costume as her folk hero “The Midnight Robber” during Carnival on the futuristic Caribbean colonized planet, Toussaint. The festivities resemble that of Carnival on planet Earth, but all residents are connected through ear implants to the surveillance system of Grande Nanotech Sentient Interface, also known as Granny Nanny. At Carnival, Tan-Tan is forced into exile with her criminal father to live on a prison planet where she comes of age. Here she transforms herself into a real-life Robber Queen on a quest to give back two lives for the one she was destined to take.