January 2009 Blog Posts (20)

Black Sci Fi Catalog


I want to put together a catalog of Black Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels
Please add five books that should be included,

I'll start

1. The Seer Legacy of Stone & Spirit by Iya Ta’Shia Asanti
2. Meji by Milton Davis
3. Immortal by Valjeanne Jeffers
4. Marvelous World by Troy Cle’s
5. Night Biters AJ Harper

Added by A J Harper on January 31, 2009 at 3:47pm — 3 Comments

DAW Books acquires my first adult novel, titled Who Fears Death?

I’m ecstatic to announce that earlier this week I sold my first adult novel to DAW Books. The book is titled Who Fears Death? and it is possibly the most terrifying book I’ve ever written.



I started writing it just after my father passed in 2004 and the very nature of the story plagued me with nightmares as I was writing it. It also plagued several of my friend with nightmares when they read it. The story is relentless and unflinching. It was inspired by the genocide in the… Continue

Added by Nnedi Okorafor on January 30, 2009 at 10:45am — 2 Comments

WHY IS IT?

Why is it? – A man wakes up in the morning after sleeping under an advertised blanket on an advertised mattress and pull off advertised pajamas? Takes a bath in an advertised tub, shaves with an advertised razor, washes with an advertised soap, put on advertised clothes, sits down to breakfast of advertised coffee, put on an advertised hat, rides to his office in an advertised car, writes with an advertised pen.. Then he refuses to advertise, says that advertising doesn’t pay, and… Continue

Added by Jarvis Sheffield - Admin on January 29, 2009 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

BLACK SCIENCE FICTION STORE OFFICIAL DEADLINE TODAY

BLACK SCIENCE FICTION STORE OFFICIAL DEADLINE TODAY



For all members with merchandise such as books, movies, comics etc. Please send your 35 dollar payment so we can get you and your products listed on BlackScienceFictionStore.com



If you are serious about making money selling your products please join us to sell your work in our BlackScienceFictionStore.com site that will be launched February 1, 2009. What better time to sell Black Science Fiction than on Black History… Continue

Added by Jarvis Sheffield - Admin on January 26, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

On the Grind in '09 Part 1

So I've committed myself to working hard for my screenwriting organization, (The Organization of Black Screenwriters), and screening films for the Los Angeles Film Festival, but I have to make time for my own writing, especially my short stories.



My goal this year is to take weekend trips out of town for my own personal writing retreats. I find that I am most inspired when I am in a new place, or sitting in church. (Not that my church is boring, but Rev Michael Beckwith of Agape… Continue

Added by Lisa Bolekaja on January 25, 2009 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Career Planning

Well, Juno Books became an imprint of Pocket Books. Juno published Wind Follower. Now, this may be good news but it might not be. Juno's been going toward urban fantasy. I like folkloric fantasy. Exploring tribal culture and what makes tribes. Current novel is Constant Tower which needs an agent cause it's neither urban fantasy nor does it have a female protag which is what Juno wants. But it's such a great book! What to do!



I have another novel, Daughters of Men, which many folks… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on January 24, 2009 at 7:49am — 2 Comments

NetFlix film competition for new filmmakers.

http://www.netflixfindyourvoice.com/

Hey, it's worth a try. -C

Added by Carole McDonnell on January 22, 2009 at 8:06am — No Comments

EarthSquadron.com - January 20, 2008

Hello everyone,

Earth Squadron is steadily working towards our goals with the project. However, due to the economic downturn the action figure has been put on hold for several months. It will definitely be complete during the summer. The storyline is complete with new additions to the ever growing universe. Even with the setbacks we’ve come to understand that everything happens for a reason. We’ve been privy to some new software that we are in the process of mastering which will increase… Continue

Added by TheDigitalBrothers on January 20, 2009 at 11:35pm — No Comments

I'm dancing on my toes.....

I'm watching Obama take office, and before he even stepped onto the dais, I was rocking my feet like the African women from Kenya to Nigeria, who move their hips, ushering in the elements and pushing power forward through their arms and the ululations they call with tongue and teeth. A martini glass in my hand, and hope in my heart, I'm thinkin', "Damn, this is a new day."



Although I know Obama isn't as progressive as I want him to be, game peeps game when it comes to this historic… Continue

Added by Lisa Bolekaja on January 20, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

IMARO: THE TRAIL OF BOHU IS IN THE HOUSE!!!

The message is clear: you can’t keep an Ilyassai down. Imaro is back, bigger and badder than ever. The third volume of his larger-than-life adventures – “Imaro: The Trail of Bohu” – is now available at www.lulu.com. You can read an excerpt from it in the Discussions section of the Sword and Soul group on this site.



I have two people to thank for helping me to keep Imaro in print after the setback the series suffered in 2007. The first is Brother Uraeus, who started the publishing… Continue

Added by Charles R. Saunders on January 17, 2009 at 8:47pm — 4 Comments

Film rights and options available to "IVORY JOINS THE REAPING WORLD WIND"

I am going for broke...



I recently posted a press release on PRWEB.COM



http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/01/prweb1812854.htm



offering the film rights and options on my debut novel on a bid basis to interested film producers, production companies and investors.



My Google and Yahoo results have dramatically increased and many websites have picked up the news.



I would like George Lucas and Industrial Light and Magic to be involved with the… Continue

Added by HOLLIS WILLIAMS on January 17, 2009 at 10:26am — 2 Comments

POLITICAL CONVERGENCE

This is an Op-Ed article I had published in a local newspaper last week. Given its subject matter, I think it remains relevant.



Rare Convergence in Political History Rings in New Year



Much has been written and said about the historical significance of Barack Obama’s victory in the recent U.S. presidential election. The event deserves all those words and more, for when Obama takes the oath of office during his Jan. 20 inauguration, he will be the first black person to hold… Continue

Added by Charles R. Saunders on January 16, 2009 at 9:58am — No Comments

pooling our resources and doing for self

WE NEED OUR OWN!!! WE CANNOT DEPEND ON OTHERS TO DO THAT WHICH WE CAN DO FOR SELF. WE CANNOT DEPEND ON HOLLYWOOD TO DEPICT US POSITIVELY. WE MUST CREATE OUR OWN"HOLLYWOOD"AND MAKE IT HAPPEN OURSELVES. HOLLA BACK

Added by dahmin muhammad on January 15, 2009 at 6:26am — 1 Comment

For those folks living near NYC -- hey it's worth a try

Suvudu is giving away three pairs of Weekend Tickets to Comic Con New York, one of the biggest Comics, Sci Fi, Fantasy, Manga, Television, Movies, You-Name-It-They-Got-It Extravaganzas known to mankind! All you need to do is email us your name, phone number, and mailing address at infosuvudu@randomhouse.com. It's just that easy, but be sure to read the legal for all the fine print.

To enter, submit your name, phone number and mailing address to info@suvudu.com between 12:01 AM EDT January… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on January 13, 2009 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Best Markets for Sci Fi Writers

While cruising the Web the other day, I found a list of possible markets for sci-fi and spec writers. Info includes payment terms and other resources, but the most important items are links to stories that are being published.



Why is this important?



In order to compete in any marketplace, you must study from the people who are successfully selling. So, my advice is to review and evaluate the stories that are winning awards and paychecks and utilize some of the… Continue

Added by Stafford Battle on January 9, 2009 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Amalgam Fan Fiction

AMALGAM UNIVERSE:

from ACT II

Part two:

THE 1ST ALLIANCES:

MAYDAY!







Her Viper was beginning to spin. Slowly now, but Starbuck knew soon she would be pinned to one side of her Viper as the centripetal forces rose. She slid her hand over the emergency eject lever, better to have it in hand now than when she may not have the strength to reach it. Be a shame to have the opportunity to bail only to be held back by her own body weight times ten. Spinning… Continue

Added by Night Manager on January 8, 2009 at 10:13am — 1 Comment

Dark Scribe Magazine nominees

DARK SCRIBE MAGAZINE has announced the nominees for the 2nd Annual Black Quill Awards! Every vote makes a difference, so please follow the link below and cast yours now.

Remember, voting closes at midnight EST on Sunday, January 25th, 2009. And please, tell your friends!

http://www.darkscribemagazine.com/current-nominees/

Added by Carole McDonnell on January 5, 2009 at 8:22am — No Comments

SCI-FI Amalgam Universe: Fan Fiction

I'm not usually into fan fiction but a buddy of mine; a fellow writer and I got into some heated arguments about which SCI-FI series could kick the ass out of the which other SCI-FI series and stories. That sort of kicked off a bit of a running writing fight and then evolved into a pretty interesting series of short stories and "What ifs". The stories all follow a specific outline and had a definite plot but we write them from several different points along the story. A story where EVERY and… Continue

Added by Night Manager on January 3, 2009 at 7:50pm — 1 Comment

Roundabout or How I Got Here...

...Quite by accident. Or quiet design. Viable arguments for the genesis of many things, but tripping through the wires of the internet led me to this Place. A vibrant fantastical place in its own right, the Black Science Fiction Society feels like coming home or a family reunion. Multicolored, multifaceted, multicultural, is how I likes it. So thanks to all y'all for the uncharacteristically warm welcome!



Right, so a little over a year ago, I was slogging through Amazon for something… Continue

Added by GBC on January 3, 2009 at 2:00am — 6 Comments

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Falling...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 19, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Creativity-Onliine.com: Super Bowl Ad

Topics: Commentary, Existentialism, Politics

“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Reverend Dr. Martin…
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It's been awhile!

Posted by G.H. Wright on January 18, 2018 at 9:53pm 0 Comments

He sat at his desk, woozy. He tried to move, his arms unresponsive. He searched for help, moving into the aisle in his swivel chair only to find all his coworkers had abandoned him. Was he being drugged? If so, it was the simplest scene he could imagine.Whoever was trying this was extremely stupid or extremely powerful. He'd find out soon enough.
(to be confinued)

Combing for Earths...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 18, 2018 at 6:07am 0 Comments

An example of the spectrum from two laser frequency combs, with their evenly spaced emission lines. (Courtesy: ESO).

Topics: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Exoplanets, Optics, Space Exploration

A new type of laser frequency comb (LFC) has been developed by scientists in Europe. The prototype device could lead to improvements in…
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BEC in the Blink of an Eye...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 17, 2018 at 4:26am 0 Comments

Credit: NIST

Topics: Bose-Einstein Condensate, Modern Physics, Quantum Mechanics

It’s been more than two decades since Carl Wieman and Eric Cornell created the first Bose–Einstein condensate (BEC),…
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Call for abstracts for "Images of Blackness in Graphic Novels"

Posted by JC Holbrook on January 16, 2018 at 1:55pm 0 Comments

CFP: Images of Blackness in Graphic Novels, Past and Future (Extension to 3/31/18)

by Brian Yates

This edited volume will offer an opportunity for authors to investigate the ways in which blackness is reimagined in both mainstream and independent comics. Specifically, I propose responding to the following questions: What are the ways in which heroism is redefined by black characters? How are black futures reimagined? What gendered arguments are made through this medium? What are the challenges in presenting to black audiences in this largely white genre? How do the creators depict the continent of Africa and/or communities in the African Diaspora? How are black bodies presented in graphic comics and novels? Finally, how are themes of social justice specific to black communities presented in this…

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Starship GPS...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 16, 2018 at 1:32pm 1 Comment

Pulsars spin rapidly while emitting powerful beams of radiation.Credit: Dana Berry/NASA

Topics: Astrophysics, Instrumentation, International Space Station, NASA, Space Exploration

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland

From its…
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