As part of his discussion on race and science fiction, Ramblings of an African geek, reviews “Skin Folk” a collection of short stories by African Americna writer Nalo Hopikinson. “The one theme that is prevalent in all of her stories is the concept of facades and the people inside our skins, hence the title. Obviously in a work by a black female author dealing with appearances, there is a strong focus in a lot of stories on issues dealing with race. In dealing with race, she also takes a close look at self-loathing among black people when it comes to both appearance and culture. Specifically our tendency to idolize ‘white’ features and culture over our own natural appearances and heritage”.