September 2010 Blog Posts (18)

The Aspect War - Chapter 5

Ptah laughed.



The sun rose over what looked like the city of Cairo. The early morning light cleared the horizon and was bright and sharp, stinging the eyes with its… Continue

Added by Thaddeus on September 29, 2010 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

A Fall to Earth, Chapter 1

2072 Common Era, five years after the Singularity



The African Continent, The Serengeti

The air was hot and still, not a surprise considering the time of year, but by the Serengeti's standards this weather exceeded even her hottest by a wide margin. This year her grasses were tall and luxurious despite the terrible heat, hiding her animals from the common eye and the trained one alike. At a casual glance, nothing appeared to move save the heat ripples… Continue

Added by Thaddeus on September 28, 2010 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

fragmented truth bits in layers of lies

Been digging and searching and sifting. A scientist remarked concerning carbon dating and archaeology, it shows the date of the layer. How many layers? Then when ego-centric and race-centric historians and scientist and theologians write themselves in as the source, the progenitors of everything known today, effacing the truth by simply turning Black faces to White faces, we all become liars. The Bible is explained with lies and the truth of it becomes mythic yet seems to work even within the… Continue

Added by Arnold L. Johnson on September 28, 2010 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

The Destruction of the Universe and the Comic/SF Genre

I have a problem with comic universes and science fiction storylines that offer the destruction of their universes by a single threat, no matter how powerful that threat may be. It may make for compelling storytelling in theory, but when you look at the science behind it, its just lazy storytelling. Destroying the universe is really a lot harder to do that you might think. As humans, we are simply not aware of the scale of power that is potentially available out there, so we jump from… Continue

Added by Thaddeus on September 22, 2010 at 1:00pm — 7 Comments

Scramble for Africa (the remix)...

There's a discussion going on over there in the Black Futurist group. I thought I'd share a bit in a blog.



I'll go backwards:



SO, I turn on CNN and who do I see: BOB "BET" JOHNSON. He's celebrating the inaugural DElta (I believe) flights to Liberia. They did a whole segment on the "potential growth of a Middle Class in Sub-Saharan Africa" and the "tremendous untapped natural resources". . . (excuse me while I spit on some graves) Ok, I'm back. SO, he and Tony are going back… Continue

Added by Sarafina Connor on September 22, 2010 at 10:59am — 2 Comments

My Favorite Thing Right Now . . .



It's a year later, but I'm still rockin' out to Poetic Menace's (Marc Blackshear) "…
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Added by Diane on September 19, 2010 at 3:00am — 3 Comments

The Aspect War - Prologue & Chapter 1 - Slumber

Prologue



She slept.



If you can call this thing of nightmare, a her; dragonscales rippled with a watery sheen and the ever-so slight rise and fall of her breath. Each scale shone as if it were comprise both of darkness and the tiniest slivers of light. It was once said that, to stare at them was to be lost in their shimmer, and for a moment witness destruction spanning thousands of years in a single second. Seeing her was to court madness.



She dreamed. She… Continue

Added by Thaddeus on September 19, 2010 at 2:30am — 6 Comments

Currently Reading: "Best African American Fiction 2010"

I'm about halfway through reading the anthology Best African American Fiction 2010, series editor Gerald Early and guest editor Nikki Giovanni. My reaction so far: disappointment. With the word "best" in the title I was half expecting to be floored. I wasn't. A couple of the tales in this first half have obvious continuity flaws, and some I found just not interesting as a whole.



At this point, my favorite overall story is "A Few Good men" by… Continue

Added by A. Jarrell Hayes on September 18, 2010 at 3:35pm — 2 Comments

The Aspect War - Chapter 4



Cuculane ran.



His footfalls ghost-like, his legs blurred through the undergrowth, whipping up a trail of dust, grass and leaves. The wind carried his all consuming rage, a spicy scent, as his power grew within him. He channeled that rage, into his power, for his power grew best when stoked by his fury. No day before this had ever kindled this new level of rage, and he thought no day might ever again. No matter how monstrous, how unforgiving, how demanding he was, the only… Continue

Added by Thaddeus on September 18, 2010 at 3:04pm — 2 Comments

Ebook stats, and the Slush Pile...

I have my novel placed in about a dozen ebook sites, either for sale or for free download. Only half of these keep stats, but so far i have 845 copies of the book downloaded, and 494 times the novel has been viewed online. Granted, there are very few sales, but then, this is an ebook and the goal is exposure, so I'm happy with these numbers, for now.



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On another front, I had a disturbing thought the other day - that the growing number of self-published novels in individual… Continue

Added by Larry Winfield on September 11, 2010 at 9:43pm — 6 Comments

How We Can Promote Afro Speculative Fiction

A comment has been posted on the Internet about "How Should We Promote Black Sci-Fi?" I respond, "Writers of African speculative fiction could have a significant presence in the literary world if we use the Web correctly."



We must cross link. Meaning, use BSFS as the hub, but always, place web hyperlinks on your individual web sites to find other pages related to our genre. Google does a TERRIBLE job of finding links to African American speculative fiction or African American Science… Continue

Added by Stafford Battle on September 11, 2010 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

Toys Wonderful Toys!!!

Here are the deets of my toys. I will reveal the quote prices when I get them. Depending on what it costs, will decide if go with http://www.patchtogether.com/.



THE AGE OF SLEEPING

The world man knows is customizable planet called a Walkabout. A ever changing sphere half,made of "Core Elements" that can refined into any

"source" that is demanded. A time and place when man spends his entire

life in his…

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Added by Terrence D Thompson on September 8, 2010 at 11:29pm — No Comments

DOWNLOAD C.O.D OST FREE EP PREVIEW WTF !!!

A manga with free ep ost? Hell yes!! I dont limit myself to any one genre jerkface!

My good friend RILL ILL hip hop remixed anime and VG songs I hand picked! I wanted these songs remixed for at least 3+ years or more!


SNIPPET C.O.D OST PREVIEW

Added by Terrence D Thompson on September 8, 2010 at 11:17pm — No Comments

WAITED SOOOO LONG!

I know many have waited a long time for this. I thought it would be a good time for a art dump and sneak preview! All doubts aside guys, full steam ahead!





CORE OF DREAMING is the official title of my book! C.O.D is a short story compilation graphic novel.

Genre? Let me think...get ready for mouth full.. (of words) SHORT STORY SCIENCE FANTASY FEATURING OTACKU ACTIVISM AS SEEN THROUGH BLUE COLLAR

EYES!!



NO BS INNER FANBOY:…

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Added by Terrence D Thompson on September 8, 2010 at 10:47pm — No Comments

Spectacular Weekend in Atlanta

What can I say?



Alien Encounters had great interviews and panel discussions at the Auburn Research Library, I met fellow BSFS'ers, listened to Avery Brooks break the science for those who did not know Paul Robeson, Samuel Delany and others, and finally got lots of pics of my folk doin' the costume thing a
t DragonCon.



I've posted the first series of pics…
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Added by Diane on September 5, 2010 at 11:02pm — 9 Comments

The Aspect War - Chapter 3

Mammon ate.



It did not really matter what he was eating, only that he did. Mammon was always eating. No, that's not right. Mammon was always hungry. No amount of eating ever seem to fill him up. He was always engaged in some sort of feasting. And when he was not eating, he was drinking to excess. It didn't matter what he drank, it did not satisfy him. No matter how much money he had, it did not stop him from wanting more.



The greasy spoon, Max and Momma's was poorly lit… Continue

Added by Thaddeus on September 3, 2010 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments

I Made A Zine!

Yes, it's true. I made a zine. It is available for (free) online viewing HERE. You can visit HERE or HERE to find out about ordering paper copies and/or donating to the cause.



And why should you care? Well, aside from 5 poems (2 brand new, 1 never-seen-before), there is ALSO… Continue

Added by Sumayyah Talibah on September 2, 2010 at 2:05pm — 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

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