March 2009 Blog Posts (16)


My wife and I saw the movie "Knowing" with Nicholas Cage. Special effects were great, but the ending was all wrong in my opinion. What do you think?

Added by Malcolm Dylan Petteway on March 30, 2009 at 8:17pm — No Comments


Hudlin Entertainment, Golden Apple Comics, and Christian Gonzalez

Cordially invite you to attend


Saturday, April 4, 2009


7018 Melrose Avenue

Los Angeles, California 90038

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Added by The Cushite on March 30, 2009 at 7:12am — No Comments

A little fun time

Just a little fun with the main character of my soon to be published book: The Serpent Cult

TOMCAT Verses...

I take a deep breath, fill my lungs deep, and feel my tense pectorals stretch over my ribs. Then I let it out slow, pushing it through clenched teeth, and let my shoulders settled back into place. It helps, my mind is quiet and I begin to focus. Focus is of the utmost importance. Otherwise I lose and Rock City falls.

The rotten floor boards push up against my… Continue

Added by Night Manager on March 26, 2009 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Starting a New Manuscript

I started my fifth manuscript today. It is different than the four books I wrote for the Osguards series. I'm trying to stretch my talent on this one and see what I can do. I don't want to say too much right now...not until I have a good portion of the manucript committed to paper. But let me tell you that it is tough switching gears and writing about another world after I've spent almost eight years perfecting the world I have written for the Osguards. I guess my question to the group is, 'How… Continue

Added by Malcolm Dylan Petteway on March 24, 2009 at 6:37pm — 1 Comment

Shadow Speaker paperback soon available and some character sketches

The paperback of my 2nd novel, The Shadow Speaker, will be available on March 24th, 2009. Please contact me through my Myspace page or website if you are interested in a signed copy.

A little about the book:

Niger, West Africa, 2070: After a nuclear fallout in the early twenty-first century, the earth's civilization has been completely transformed. Magic, mysticism, and mind-blowing technology now rule the world. In West Africa, fourteen-year old Ejii struggles…

Added by Nnedi Okorafor on March 19, 2009 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Older Writers' Grant Looking for Applications

The deadline for the Speculative Literature Foundation's Older Writers' Grant is fast approaching! The grant of $750 is available to any writer of speculative literature of 50 years or older at the time of application who is just beginning to work professionally in the field. There are no restrictions on the use of the grant money.

Applicants are asked to submit a brief autobiographical statement, a writing sample, and a bibliography. For full details on how to apply for the grant,… Continue

Added by Malon Edwards on March 18, 2009 at 7:01pm — 8 Comments

Introduction of the Osguards


My name is Malcolm Petteway and I'm new to the group. It is wonderful to network with other Black Science Fiction fans. I am a up and coming science fiction author, who has written four novels and published three of them through the "small press" Iuniverse. Presently, my novels are not available while I again search for a traditional publisher.

Let me tell you my first search for a traditional publisher was frustrating. All the rejection notices had the same theme; 'there… Continue

Added by Malcolm Dylan Petteway on March 8, 2009 at 8:43am — 3 Comments

First post - thoughts/criticisms of a short story

I'm new to the group and it's a good feeling to find folks "like me". One of the best things about this group is that I'll have others to bounce some ideas of off. Mrs. Morgan can only take so much (she is not into sci-fi :-)

I've been sitting on a story I started about six years ago. I would like to finish it, but I'm really in need of some feedback. The gist of the story is that Denmark Vesey's planned revolt was not betrayed. Not only did it go on, but it was wildly successful. In… Continue

Added by Lonnie Morgan Jr. on March 6, 2009 at 5:30pm — 6 Comments

Call for information: SciFi and Fantasy

Call for Information: Sci-Fi and Fantasy

-- Publishers Weekly, 3/2/2009 12:31:00 PM

Feature: Science Fiction & Fantasy

Issue: April 13

Deadline: March 20

Needed: Publishers’/editors’ written comments on the state of this category: latest trends, bestsellers, effects of the recession, etc. Particular attention to themes of apocalypse/dystopia/global warming etc.; non-white and non-Western authors and characters; and short-story collections and anthologies.… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on March 6, 2009 at 9:14am — 1 Comment

Some great podcasts to add to your google reader

Added by Carole McDonnell on March 6, 2009 at 9:05am — 2 Comments


Last night's episode of Lost was my favorite of the series so far. I have yet to discuss it here because it's such a complex television show and I wouldn't even know where to start, though I'm sure if you ask some of its more avid fans, they might say otherwise.

For me, Lost's appeal is its storytelling. Yes, Evangeline Lily is cute, yes, Terry O'Quinn can act his ass off, and yes, Harold Perrineau is versatile as hell, but it's the storytelling that gets me. It… Continue

Added by Malon Edwards on March 5, 2009 at 1:54pm — 2 Comments

Irony -- Short circa Summer 2006

As promised many moons ago, I am going to start posting some of my short stories and scraps. Please let me know what you think.

Irony by VD DeVau...

Ronnie ate the apple in small deliberate bites. Her stomach clinched and released with each swallow. It didn’t taste like much, but she wasn’t used to eating. Funny things you can stop getting used to doing.

Her arms ached and her legs were jelly when she tried to get up off the cot. Some tubing in her nose kept… Continue

Added by VD DeVau on March 5, 2009 at 12:32am — 3 Comments

A Poem I wrote

Circle Of
Read to feel a bit of Hope in your life.

Added by LeVar Anthony on March 4, 2009 at 7:17pm — No Comments



My man is everything a woman could dream.

Dedicated, hard working, strong.

I bear my soul to him.

With him I have no reason to fear anything.

My rock, strength, fortress.

He is my protector.

The love in his eyes exsists only for me.

Sensual, penetrating, yet vunerable.

I am his Queen.

He is the epitome of what a real man should be.

Masculine, loving, faithful.

His spirit is beautiful.

His… Continue

Added by Gabbie Thompson on March 4, 2009 at 7:10pm — No Comments

Animosity (More Poetry)

Inside I feel the walls closing in.

Rapidly. A tragedy. Loves made at me.

Emptiness Resides where love used to be.

Put my soul at ease. I can't conceive you with out me. We're meant to be.

But you don't see.

The pain inside is consuming me.

And suddenly what used to be is a memory that's haunting me. Love's taunting me.

I don't beleive you want to leave.

I realize rejection has chosen me.

It's controlling me. Showing me… Continue

Added by Gabbie Thompson on March 4, 2009 at 5:13pm — 2 Comments

For the Soul of the Yellow Butterfly (Poetry)

Beautiful you were.

Innocent and oblivious to the harsh world around you.
Such a happy and carefree soul should never be made to suffer for one's wordly conflicts.

But I, in a destructive rage,
So unfairly deprived you of your life
Which was used only to beautify this cold, dark place.

So it is with much remorse that I pray for deliverance

For the Soul of the Yellow Butterfly.

-Gabrielle Thompson

Added by Gabbie Thompson on March 4, 2009 at 5:03pm — 4 Comments

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Posted by PHARAOH aka NUBIAN7 on December 12, 2018 at 10:50pm 0 Comments

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Take a look and leave comments. You can leave comments on most pages; detailing what you like about each. Critiques are welcome and encouraged!



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Illustrations of frequency-dependent toughening in a polymer-metal-nanoglue-ceramic composite. Credit: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Topics: Materials Science, Metamaterials, Nanotechnology

In a discovery that could pave the way for new materials and applications, materials scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute…

The Perfect Fluid...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on December 11, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

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Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on December 10, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Quantum games: Artist’s impression of the Alice Challenge experimental setup. (Courtesy: ScienceAtHome/Aarhus University)

Topics: Bose-Einstein Condensate, Electromagnetic Radiation, Quantum Mechanics, Theoretical Physics

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It's Been A Long Time, I Shouldn't Have Left You...

Posted by PHARAOH aka NUBIAN7 on December 8, 2018 at 8:03pm 0 Comments

Peace. As the post title says, (inspired by Rakim's greatest opening lines), this marks somewhat of a return. I have not posted in a long while, so here I am. I hope everyone whom I have not communicated with; are doing well. 

I will be checking in more often than not.


The Diversity Track & Black Science Fiction Society Back For Dragoncon 2019

Posted by Jarvis Sheffield - Admin on December 7, 2018 at 2:43pm 1 Comment

The Diversity Track & Black Science Fiction Society Back For Dragoncon 2019

I just got news this week that the Diversity Track will be back for 2019 at DragonCon. I'm excited to be invited back for another groundbreaking event. Everyone associated with the first one this year knocked it out of the park! I could not ask for better volunteers, guests, photographers, moderators and participants.

Assault of the Mainstream

Posted by Turtel Onli on December 6, 2018 at 8:10am 1 Comment

Now that the Mainstream has tried and failed to take the life force outta the growing indie-Black age movement with its "afro-futuristic" blockbuster along with its here today-gone tomorrow great token Hero of Harlem, who among us is really about winning at  this challenge and profiting from the opportunities it presents?

Their best efforts to corner and control the Black Age is my proof that we are actually winning in this war for minds and market shares.....inspite of addictive  brand loyalty...the Black On Black boycott....and culturally based anti-intellectualisms.  I often present on panels.....over the years since San Diego,,,,,Wizards.......C2E2.....on the Black Age or diversity....  Usually with a lame unprofessional uninformed person in charge.  Each time some hater stands up to taut how racist the Black Age is and how he of she gets so much more outta Manga/Anime'.

Sort of like all of the Black folks that spent 8 years complaining about…



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