August 2010 Blog Posts (19)

Outpost: The Conclusion

The remaining two days saw Alec active throughout the outpost, occupying himself with repairs large and small. He was checking a power converter in a reactor chamber when the compu-aid’s voice broke his concentration.


Hostile craft of Jepthala design have breached the outer boundary marker. ETA 17 hours.


Alec stopped what he was doing, placed his tools back into his pouch, and climbed into the…
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Added by Ronald T. Jones on August 31, 2010 at 1:30am — 5 Comments

The Aspect War - Chapter 2

War laughed.



The sound was discordant with the scene of blood and eviscerated corpses all around him. The god of War stood over a battlefield and enjoyed the early morning smell of charred flesh and destruction. The bitter stench of brimstone and gunpowder wafted on the morning breeze, tingling his nostrils and reminding him of battles in other places and other times, each as memorable, in their own way, their signature of violence, unique in that moment. He surveyed the landscape… Continue

Added by Thaddeus on August 30, 2010 at 10:29am — 6 Comments

Nearing Completion....

Two chapters left to go on the latest 'Tale from the Long Road'. After a nearly four-year hiatus from novel writing, 'A Book of Dragon's Teeth' is almost done. Amazing how the illness of a family member can sap the creativity right out of you. But I can attest to the irritation of having an idea or vision that won't go away is good motivation to finish what you start! Pending, Editing and Artwork the projected window for release is early 2011.

Added by H. Wolfgang Porter on August 30, 2010 at 10:01am — No Comments

Outpost: Part Two

Five minutes later, a sobered up commander stepped onto the outpost’s command-control deck. The centrally placed deck was no larger than Alec’s own quarters. The CC was empty save for a console, a chair and a half dome hovering above the chair, suspended by a thin support tube. A sub dermal needle embedded just beneath Alec’s right ear erased his intoxication. But, until Alec had taken his seat and inserted his head into the dome, he still felt groggy. The dome cleared the fog away, and…
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Added by Ronald T. Jones on August 27, 2010 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Hello all!

I just joined the BSFS after a fellow writer-producer recommended it. Looks like a lively place and I believe it will be a good give and take environment. Forgive me if I haven't immediately answered your friend requests as I am still 'looking around'. Again, thanks for letting me come 'aboard'.

Added by H. Wolfgang Porter on August 26, 2010 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Outpost: Part One

Alec Dishman ran a hand down his jaw feeling the coarse texture of a shadow that teetered on the verge of full-blown growth. He studied himself in the mirror. Too much of that growth was peppered with white, which provided an increasingly striking contrast to the dark brown hue of Alec’s skin. While not exactly a spring chicken, Alec was far removed from retirement age by the standards of United Defense. No. Alec lowered his head, weariness draping a demoralizing shawl across his…
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Added by Ronald T. Jones on August 25, 2010 at 6:00pm — 8 Comments

Proximity!

As Ralph opened the door to go get the newspaper, he stood for a moment and yawned. He also admired the pulsing gelatinous substance covering his mail and newspaper boxes and thought nothing of it, until he stopped.

Frozen in his tracks; sudden horror and terror gripped his already weakened heart, the triple bypass was working. At least it was until this very moment. He decided he no longer wanted the morning paper and slowly, begun to…

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Added by Perry Pickens on August 24, 2010 at 5:03pm — 3 Comments

Serqet's thoughts

Many have asked what happened before Renpet....many people from this time...right now as you are reading it...YOU have been asking. However, Serqet has communicated what she heard from her spacecraft...

Added by Djadja N Medjay on August 24, 2010 at 2:43pm — No Comments

BEWARE

Xia had killed eight flies, and was hunting for the ninth, when she felt the presence behind her. Her back stiffened involuntarily as The Other crept closer. She forced herself to relax and ignore what was

taking place behind her, but her tight grip on the rolled-up magazine

she was using as a fly swatter gave her true feelings away. She inhaled

deeply and squinted, sending ghostly fingers searching for the

consciousness of the missing fly. Slowly, she…

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Added by Sumayyah Talibah on August 23, 2010 at 7:23pm — 5 Comments

The Antagonist in Science Fiction



I am a fan of science fiction. I wouldn’t go as far as to say I am a fanatical fan; but I am a fan. Lately, I noticed that…

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Added by Malcolm Dylan Petteway on August 19, 2010 at 8:00pm — 8 Comments

DON'T FORGET TO VOTE FOR VALJEANNE ON GOODREADS TODAY!!!

Valjeanne's book Immortal is in competition on Goodreads this month! Tomorrow is the last day of voting, so If you haven't joined the Goodread's site yet, now would be a good time to do so. When you sign up you'll have to join the Sci Fi and Fantasy group in order to vote in the poll. Here's the link!…



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Added by Penelope on August 18, 2010 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

What To Read On My Site

By popular demand, here is the complete list of short stories and plays (and the links to the first pages of them all) written by ME. If

you haven't read them, or it's been a while since you have read them, GO

READ THEM NOW. Why? ..because Sumayyah Said So, of course.



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What happens we you go home, and discover an empty building full of.. computerized voices?…

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Added by Sumayyah Talibah on August 17, 2010 at 4:03pm — No Comments

By new book King Clayshon the Freedom maker

I had over 50 people look at my book and give me a repart on it from 1 to 10. 35 came back with a 10. I will get 15 more reparts soon, but i would love for 5 people on Black Science Fiction Society to look at the book and give me a repart on it from 1 to 10. I need to get it back from you two weeks of getting it. If anyone would like to do that email me at authorrorysmith@yahoo.com so i can send you the book by email. You need to love superhero science fiction books.You also need to post on… Continue

Added by Author: Rory M Smith on August 17, 2010 at 1:32am — No Comments

What is Science Fiction

What is Science Fiction?…

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Added by Malcolm Dylan Petteway on August 16, 2010 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

New book of criticism on Octavia Butler Fiction

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Changing Bodies in the Fiction of Octavia Butler is the first monograph of literary criticism invested in examining the…
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Added by Greg Hampton on August 15, 2010 at 6:27pm — 1 Comment

Reckoning part 1

When The Shadow passed over the sun, Nzinga Black lifted her eyes from the doodles in her math notebook and directed then toward the window. She could see the harbor from her seat; something was happening

on the water. Relief and foreboding filled her heart.



Death is coming.



The bell rang, signaling the end of class. Slowly, she gathered her things. Textbook. Notebook. Pencil case. These she slid into her purple…

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Added by Sumayyah Talibah on August 15, 2010 at 11:00am — 9 Comments

Afro-futurism: A Tradition of Black Science Fiction

When people hear the term science fiction, it conjures up images of future settings and technology far beyond what can be imagined today. The homicidal robots of Battlestar Galactica and the vast spaceships of Star Trek

are some of what typifies this type of entertainment. While science

fiction is very visible and much of it is popularized, elements of it

remain a niche genre. One of those elements is Afro-futurism.

What is that you may ask?…

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Added by Marc W. Polite on August 11, 2010 at 11:57am — 2 Comments

Last Sun

Our world is a silent one. Not by choice, but by necessity.…

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Added by Thaddeus on August 10, 2010 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

The United States of Africa

Hey! I just posted part 2 of the United States of Africa at http://www.swbattle.com

Added by Stafford Battle on August 1, 2010 at 7:23am — 2 Comments

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