August 2008 Blog Posts (33)

Work in Progress

Dr. Phil Brooks stood in a soundproof room surrounded by military brass that wanted answers and they wanted them yesterday. Dr. Brooks handed each of them black files stamped TOP SECRET/BIOLOGICAL WARFARE. “This is what we have been working on here in the labs. I am sure you will understand the seriousness of the situation at hand.”

A grunt came from the Chairman of Joint Chiefs Brigadier General William Marks but he let it go.

Studying the file, it took General William Thomas, M.D… Continue

Added by Roderick Cooks on August 30, 2008 at 3:27pm — 3 Comments

Earth Squadron Project Progress

I thank you guys for putting your money where your mouth is. I am coming completely out of pocket for all this because it has to be done. My son is not the only young black child that needs for positive black toys to play with. Second fiddle and sidekicks just won't cut it for him. I have to take a few months to get my skills up to par while the action figure is re-done and the storyboards for the comic book get drawn. The 3d Movie should be ready by Fall 2009.

I had a flub… Continue

Added by TheDigitalBrothers on August 29, 2008 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Winter Ghost p5



The storm comes on again like an explosion as I turn and leap off of the steps. It’s so strong… pushes me sideways and we almost fall. It’s so loud that I can’t hear if the door opens behind us.

I don’t look back.

The deep snow pulls at my pumping legs but the storm wind pushes at me from behind. I don’t dare turn. Just run. Keep running. Don’t drop her.

The twin bushes rise up ahead of me, still whipsawing snow all about; the wind seems to… Continue

Added by Night Manager on August 29, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Wow . . . In My Lifetime . . . NOT Science Fiction

He's BaRack'n the House. This is the stuff of great books.

Added by Diane on August 28, 2008 at 9:47pm — 1 Comment

Great News!

My novel, Sunny and the Leopard People, has just been acquired by Sharyn November at Viking (for the harcover) and Firebird Books (for the paperback). Both are imprints of Penguin.

About three years ago, I met this spunky little gangly girl. She was the daughter of a family friend. They were visiting from Nigeria. She was also strikingly albino. Imagine a girl… Continue

Added by Nnedi Okorafor on August 28, 2008 at 5:00am — 4 Comments

Murder In Nufrika III

Murder In Nufrika (Part III)

Diana’s family home was in the middle of a Uganda safari, miles from modern civilization, although civilization was very evident in this well established mansion. Its structure was fashioned after the American White House. The house itself was deep purple, black and gold. Carter would joke that it could be seen from the same distance of a satellite. The front lawn was divided by a path… Continue

Added by Dredwalker on August 27, 2008 at 10:15pm — 2 Comments

Murder In Nufrika II

Murder In Nufrika (Part II)

I slammed the phone down on Calhoun’s ear. His arrogance has made my blood boil. Although I am the Sergeant there is a level of respect that I got at the precinct that I could do without. Although they never made it blatant, half the officers resented didn’t respect me due to my American ancestry. I was not going to bring my son down to be subjected to Calhoun’s or other’s scrutiny. Not… Continue

Added by Dredwalker on August 27, 2008 at 10:06pm — No Comments

Murder In Nufrika I

Murder In Nufrika (Part I)

Atabra, Sudan. February 23, 2216. Five days before the first centennial of “New Africa”, as the elder politicians still call it. The average citizen chuckle and scoff at the archaic pronunciation. The term was now “Nufrika” coined by the young and those who resist the conformed. Even my 15 year old son, Carter G.W. Danjuma (Because he was born on a Friday) finds such people… Continue

Added by Dredwalker on August 27, 2008 at 9:59pm — No Comments

the coal powered space shuttle (science fiction poem)

I am here to day to tell you

Of a step forward

Or maybe one backwards

In space age technology

When you here what I say

You may shutter

The coal powered space shuttle

You’ll get were you’re going

Just as fast

But slower

Its modern technology

From yesterday


Who needs potent liquid

When you have black rocks

It’ll be just like grilling in space

But in any case

If its good enough… Continue

Added by william landis on August 26, 2008 at 10:25am — 6 Comments


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Added by Jeanine Wright on August 25, 2008 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Another rough draft excerpt from Visitors to NeoAfrica

Three hours earlier, Admiral McCray and First Officer Thorvald were ferried back to their ship on board the NeoAfrican cruiser, Douglass.

Admiral McCray and the cruiser’s captain, Anita Johnson, had a pleasant conversation, while Thorvald looked on in his usual silence. When McCray and the captain parted it was with good cheer and the two Unity Expedition officers walked through the docking tube connecting the Douglass to the Admiral’s command ship Swiftstrider.

“This is intolerable,”… Continue

Added by Ronald T. Jones on August 23, 2008 at 11:35am — 2 Comments

Another excerpt from Twilight

Regally attired humans gyrated wildly to the beat of the latest pop tune. A few stumbled about with drunken abandon, others laid out on the floor, their faces locked in rigor mortis expressions of drug-induced bliss. Humans fight hard, party harder. With total victory over the Tacherins in our grasp, the rowdiness of the celebrants did not surprise me in the least.

There were relatively few Vingin present. They tended to cluster in groups, forming little islands of calm amid the clamor of… Continue

Added by Ronald T. Jones on August 23, 2008 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Winter Ghost p4


We Run

She’s hurt, I say, but no one answers.

She needs help, I say, but the door remains shut.

I stare into the spy-hole and… I swear it’s staring right back at us. It’s a small dark hole in the old battered door set in the bowel of a nasty knot in the wood of the long twisted middle plank. A tiny ring a brass sits just inside the knurl, marking it as more than just a natural hole in the wood. But there’s no glass in it. The center is shadowy… gray… I… Continue

Added by Night Manager on August 22, 2008 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Hispanic Heritage Month Book List

The Carl Brandon Society has a program in book advocacy: every ethnic heritage month we will be sending out a list of ten speculative fiction books, which are still in print, by authors of that heritage to bookstores and libraries so that they can feature these books and encourage readers to pick them up.

The way we arrive at the list is by asking our members to submit nominations, and then by polling members to choose the top ten. Right now we're taking nominations of speculative… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on August 21, 2008 at 6:34am — No Comments

Seeds of Change

I have a short story called "Spider the Artist" in a just released environmental science fiction anthology called Seeds of Change (Prime Books). Read an excerpt here.

I hope you enjoy the anthology's book trailer (heh, that's my mom's voice you hear). Watch it on youtube… Continue

Added by Nnedi Okorafor on August 20, 2008 at 7:16pm — No Comments

CFS: Anthos and Contests


more tales of beauty and strangeness

CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 2: More Tales of Beauty and Strangeness is the next volume in the annual anthology series edited by Mike Allen, scheduled to be published by Norilana Books in July 2009. The anthology's literary focus is on the high end, and it is open to the full range of the speculative and fantastic genres.

Editor Mike Allen says: "CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 2 is a home for stories that sidestep expectations in… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on August 17, 2008 at 11:38am — No Comments

Winter Ghost p3



The door is… so strange. There’s no screen door. The snow is piled right up against it. It’s wood, dark and weather beaten, in thick long planks from top to snow covered bottom. It’s not especially ornate and there is no window set in it but there is an eyehole with an old fashion knocker just beneath it. I don’t see a doorbell.

Maybe the knocker is the bell.

The snow rises in a mound the higher the steps get but with one foot on the first step… Continue

Added by Night Manager on August 15, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments


Man read this 'holy book' that Kurt Von alluded to in his novels over at BlueBlack Atlantis

Added by C'BS ALife Allah on August 15, 2008 at 12:37am — No Comments

Ethiopian Space Project (what do you think so far)

It was dawn in the Danakil desert. The sun rose above Erta Ale. Most people thought it was unwise to build a space aircraft launching facility near an active volcano, but other than the volcano the location was perfect. The landscape was mostly flat, and there was only a small local population because it was near an active volcano. The wild life weren’t a problem either. The Ostriches, Gazelles, and African Wild Asses lived as if the space center wasn’t even there.

Though still this would… Continue

Added by william landis on August 13, 2008 at 11:19pm — 3 Comments

The Uses and Misuses of "Inspiration"

This was an article I originally wrote for Christian Fiction Factor but it has some good points that fit spec-fic writers also.

The Uses and Misuses of Inspiration.

Carole McDonnell

“The Lord gave me this idea.”

How often I’ve heard a new writer say this? Often, this sentence preceded great stories. But just as often it introduced writings that were so half-baked I found myself searching for a tactful way to say “Please don’t blame the Lord for… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on August 13, 2008 at 10:15am — 3 Comments

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Blog Posts

Damnatio memoriae...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on December 14, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Topics: Civics, Existentialism, Humor, Politics

Damnatio memoriae is a modern Latin phrase meaning "condemnation of memory", i.e., that a person is to be excluded from official accounts. There are and have been many routes to damnatio, including the destruction of depictions, the removal of names from inscriptions and documents, and even large-scale rewritings of history.

In Latin, the term damnatio…

Measuring Cosmic Distances...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on December 13, 2018 at 6:22am 0 Comments

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Topics: Astrophysics, Black Holes, Cosmology, Gravitational Waves, LIGO

Decades of experimental effort paid off spectacularly on 14 September 2015, when the two detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) spotted the gravitational waves…

[New Project] GLYPHX The URBAN MAGE Web-comic

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

Check out my latest project, GLYPHX The URBAN MAGE web-comic!

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



Thank you for your time and energy. I appreciate any feedback or…



Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on December 12, 2018 at 6:34am 0 Comments

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

If collisions between small projectiles -- protons (p), deuterons (d), and helium-3 nuclei (3He) -- and gold nuclei (Au) create tiny hot spots of quark-gluon plasma, the pattern of particles picked up by the detector should retain some 'memory' of each projectile's initial shape. Measurements from the PHENIX experiment match these predictions with very strong correlations between the initial geometry and the final flow patterns. Credit: Javier Orjuela Koop, University of Colorado, Boulder…


BOCs @ Home...

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

Citizen scientists have outperformed physicists in…

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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