When I joined here everything was normal at first... And then a rift in the time space continuum created a rupture in the echo matrix causing me to devolve into a primordial state and now I can't read or write anymore!
I used to be a world class thespian that could bellow out ghetto poems like a true Shakespearian but now I am just a shell of my former literate self!
To make matters worse I used the BSFS dot com washroom on the second floor and caught a xeno virus that instantaneously cloned me so now there is some fool out there claiming to be my evil twin raising havoc in primary colored feet pajamas and a billowy cape ranting about destroying my life from within by framing me for ish I aint even do!
I mean like warn a brotha if there are random alien attacks from the nether regions that could singe an afro or two from the blue or that the deeto mite population could infest your assigned BSFS dot com locker with embryonic larva that spontaneously combust hatch and consume your soul provided that you have not sprayed yourself with nictite carbon HL repellant!
Other than that this place has been nice so far but you just have to be on your toes all day every day in case stuff happens! Lol
Could use some potpourri to liven the place up and maybe a spider plant here or there... Clean up on aisle 10 Beyotches!
I've always liked the space movies and TV shows, but not high technology as a backdrop to the same old conversation. I never liked being terrorized by aliens whose appearance just served to exaggerate deep fears. Neanderthals in space looking to conquer something, wars and alien sex. Well yeah, we already got that.
My wonder is about why we settled for the Flintstone/Jetson compromise and why Syd Mead (future visionary) is not talked about more? OK, he's a white guy. How do we as Black people see the future in the material, the social and the mental?
BSFS is a good space to explore and exercise those visionary avenues. Think about the advance in consciousness from 50 years ago and today, what about the next 50 years, and beyond. BSFS is a good space.
The Black Science Fiction Society has given me a forum to talk about one of my favorite subjects with people of my own culture. I do lots of Sci-Fi Conventions an even then, conversation with my peers are far and few in between. They have also hooked me up with Amazon, who, so far, are responding favorably to some of my material.
This is the ONLY site that puts Me in contact with a society of brilliant people of color. To converse on a higher level is so rewarding. Not to mention the potential to network, and opportunities to encourage others and cheer for their success. That's the fun part. Through BSFS We can build and do a lot, without going outside for help. I've made a number of connections with individuals, on various sites, and I always refer them to here, because I understand that all we have, and need is one another. Finding BSFS gives me inspiration, in its own way.
So glad to know that you've found a home, here!
I concur Penelope!!
BSFS proves that black American SF is alive, well, and moving upward toward exposing the presence and quality of SF writers of the African Diaspora. It is connecting me not only with this reality, but the fact that others are out there who wish to show that blacks are indeed interested in the near and far-off future, and that they are as eager to be shapers and makers in human potential as anyone else!
This deserves superior praise and even more support!
Here's the deal. Ever since I was a young teenager, I've been into science fiction. I used to stay up late Saturday nights with my dad to watch sci fi shows that would play on random local networks. I watched all of the Star Wars movies multiple times by myself and with friends. I enjoyed the Matrix at a family friend's house on VHS. This was before I knew about sequels coming out. I enjoyed the Matrix so much that I used to roleplay it online in a group. The Matrix Reloaded was cool, but the Matrix Revolutions ending made me mad.
I would watch Star Trek: Deep Space Nine every afternoon after school (since it was syndicated) and Voyager every week when it was on the old UPN (now the CW). This may sound horrible to some Trekkies, but I liked Deep Space Nine more than Next Generation. I even watched old episodes of the original Star Trek and the Enterprise series. The worst thing they did was stopped making Star Trek episodes for TV. The new movies are great, but it's a part of American culture to have new Star Trek episodes on TV weekly. Period. But that's another rant for another time.
I watched some Toonami and Adult Swim at friends' houses and really liked the Gundam series. In college, my roommate had the entire DVD series of Cowboy Bebop plus the movie. So we watched that a few times. Also in college I had a best friend and we figured out how to download subbed anime series using Bittorrent through our college's network. We felt like super cool hackers who were up on everything (apologies to any IT people who we irritated). I read a good share of sci fi and fantasy books as well. I chuckle at all of these celebrities who openly now speak of anime and sci fi and comic books. I still remember the time when it wasn't cool to admit that you liked sci fi and comic books and anime, when it was still fringy and uncool.
However, there was a problem for me. I liked a lot of the science fiction but there were so few characters that I could relate to. That's not to take away from the quality work that is out there. But I kept wondering, "Where are the brothers and sisters in sci fi? Don't we want to jet off into the future as well? Can't we be technology masters as well? Can't the brother get the woman of his dreams and be a billionare?" And even most of the other people who were into sci fi that I knew did not look like me, so they didn't understand. I traveled around the internet for years and years searching. I secretly saw myself writing my own stories centered around people who looked and felt like me. People who had desires and dreams like me, who wanted to shape the future. But who was there to help encourage me, besides my parents?
Then I came out of the desert sands to the oasis known as the Black Science Fiction Society. Just being around such a diverse group of people who get me and the unique experiences that we share as being part of the Black Diaspora got my juices flowing. BSFS makes me want to write stories and take a chance. So I'm writing several short stories right now, hoping to get at least one published. Thanks for the encouragment and the passion to share.
Clifton, this was a great reply, and one that echoes much of what many of us feel about BSFS. Welcome aboard, sir. I look forward to seeing your work and contributions!
Before BSFS I thought i was alone in liking in this stuff. Sure, there was the occasional dude you run across in school, maybe every few years, but for the most part, no one I knew was talking about it, interested in it, or having anything to d with it. I remember a long long time ago, when I was just starting animation, my cousin asked me, "Why don't you draw any black characters?" My thought was, "Who's going to buy that?"
Interestingly, that same cousin introduced me to Brotherman comics a couple years later.