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Local vending machines dispense sci-fi and fantasy books

All titles are written by Black and Indigenous women authors.

A woman stands next to a purple vending machine that gives the URL for SistahScifi

Sistah Scifi will soon have three vending machines in Seattle.

Photo via Sistah Scifi

What’s better than a soda and a bag of chips? New summer reading material that comes straight out of a vending machine. Bingo.

You may have noticed these magical machines pop up at a couple of locations around Seattle — first at the Northwest African American Museum and most recently at Distant Worlds Coffeehouse. Another will go in Black Coffee Northwest‘s upcoming cafe in the Central District.

The book dispensers are part of a project from Oakland-based Sistah Scifi, an indie bookstore that celebrates genre lit written by Black and Indigenous women.

Just press a couple of buttons and you can buy a fantasy title like “The Deep” from Rivers Solomon, or even a selection from Sci-Fi icon Octavia E. Butler who used to live in Lake Forest Park.

We’re itching for a new book, so let us know if you tried the machine or have any local recs.

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