October 2008 Blog Posts (12)

Dropping Mbachu

I just realized that I didn't post this here, so here it is:





I've decided to drop "Mbachu" from my last name (as I've been ecstatically divorced since February '08, :-D). I held on to the name because of my daughter, but it's about time to get rid of it.



"Okorafor-Mbachu" will appear on the forthcoming paperback of The Shadow Speaker (March). But after that, the name is…
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Added by Nnedi Okorafor on October 25, 2008 at 7:22am — 1 Comment

Canaan's Labyrinth - Blurb - the version on the back cover

One hundred years in the future when life on Earth's surface can no longer tolerate the blaze of its own Sun, the world has been divided between a genetically engineered elite and a massive, mixed race underclass. But there are others…

Messob, a young woman raised deep underground in the isolated, yet evolved community of the Tunnels, must start the dialogue between her own people and the Sky People, safe on their elevated Sky Shelf. On her… Continue

Added by Fumi Bankole on October 22, 2008 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Canaan's Labyrinth - pages 1-7

Chapter One



Sharp pebbles bit through the seat of the girl’s fatigues while she sat in the tunnel’s narrow path and stared at the wall ahead of her. There it was, clearly chiseled, her namesake and destiny. Up until now, Messob was simply the lyric that drew her attention and which, in twenty years, she thought she had grown into. As a gust of tunnel air toyed with her long, hazel curls, Messob scooted onto her feet and stood up. There was a haggle of teenagers searching the walls… Continue

Added by Fumi Bankole on October 22, 2008 at 9:05pm — 2 Comments

CFS -- specfic and minority

INFRADEAD - Guidelines



INFRADEAD is an anthology of original novella-length science fiction stories to be published in trade paperback format in 2009. INFRADEAD is edited by Tyree Campbell, J Alan Erwine, and Scott Virtes. INFRADEAD is looking for tales of human extinction.



Preferred length is 5,000 to 10,000 words, but we will consider longer works. Pay will be 1/2 cent per word. We will not consider reprints.



We will consider poems. However, the theme of this… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on October 22, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Zahrah shortlisted for the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature



My first novel, Zahrah the Windseeker, is one of three books shortlisted for the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature.



The full shortlist:



Beast of The Nation by Uzodinma Iweala (I've read this…absolutely phenomenal)

Zahrah The Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor (read this, too. Fabulous. Ha ha)

The Weaving Looms by Wale Okediran (Looking forward to getting my hands on…
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Added by Nnedi Okorafor on October 22, 2008 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Author's Symposium in Las Vegas

Hi,



For those of you that didn't know, I'm a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. We are hosting our annual (2nd or 3rd, I think) Author's Symposium in March. Additional info and contact information for our committee chair included below. I'm also on the committee, so if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. If you come, it would have to be at your own expense, but as I understand it, last year's event was packed, standing room only and a huge success - just an excellent… Continue

Added by Veronica Henry on October 21, 2008 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Dark Inheritance: Chapter 4

Well, now that I've sent The Constant Tower off (in it's very messy state) to my editor, I can now return to Dark Inheritance. So, FYE: here is the fourth chapter of Dark Inheritance. Hope you enjoy. Am gonna try to finish this for nanowrimo. -C



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As a child Ethan had feared her. He would lay in his bedroom, his head covered under the Mickey Mouse blankets, hoping she would not come. But she always did. At least two nights a week, the headless female torso would materialize in… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on October 17, 2008 at 4:17pm — 10 Comments

REBIRTH OF SLICK part 4

This is just about where things started to go wrong. I had a plan... I SWEAR I had a plan. But instead of this being a short story it's reading more like a pilot for a TV show and I don't know how to end it as just a short story! Hell, I'm WAAAAY off what I started to write which is why the title makes no sense









“It’s a façade! Pull it out!” Wade ordered. He and Wilson stood back as two of the Rangers stepped forward. Another of the white and blue armored men moved… Continue

Added by Night Manager on October 16, 2008 at 9:22am — No Comments

the sages

no science fiction



The Sages



When I was a little boy

When men appeared as immortal giants

It was they whom I idolized

Their lives I wanted without knowing their plights

My dreams were blessed with ignorance

Now I am a young man only slightly wiser of the nature of life

I now know the truth of these men

I listen to the wisdom of these sages

They warn me of every misfortune I would come upon

I didn’t listen, because I know… Continue

Added by william landis on October 13, 2008 at 9:34pm — 1 Comment

REBIRTH OF SLICK Part 3

3rd in the installment. At this point it still flowed but I was running over on my word count.





Her hand was clamped tight over her mouth. She had been startled when the lid had hit the ground and could not help jumping. Now everything on the other side of the crates had gone quiet. They had heard her. Did they know where she was?

Then the heavy stomp of boots bounced echoes off of the walls around her. They stopped on the far side of the crate she was hiding behind. Their… Continue

Added by Night Manager on October 12, 2008 at 12:29am — 1 Comment

Proving Intelligent Design

please critisize





“This has got to be the dumbest thing I’ve ever done” said Maricus. Isn’t there another way to figure this out?

“Well this is the most accurate way we have” said Dr. Langdon. “If you have a better way of figuring this out, I’d be glad to hear it.” Maricus sat quietly for a moment.

“No I don’t have a better way, but I was just wondering do we really need to know?” asked Maricus after a moment. Dr. Langdon pondered.

“Yes” he replied after a while.… Continue

Added by william landis on October 5, 2008 at 8:15pm — 8 Comments

REBIRTH OF SLICK p2

Again this is now part TWO of the 1st story I had written for the BSFS anthology but I thought the one I did submit was better.



REBIRTH OF SLICK part 2



“You had me bring three Rangers for ‘dis?” Wade kicked a crumpled soda can across the warehouse floor. He resisted an urge to chase after it and kick it again.

“She’s a murderer; very dangerous.” Wilson answered. They were both dressed in neat business suits, both Air Force blue. Wilson was walking along one long row… Continue

Added by Night Manager on October 3, 2008 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

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Question on Grad School Program of Neuroscience

Posted by AL Bey on November 19, 2017 at 2:33pm 0 Comments

Hello Peeps,

Currently I'm in the final stages of applying for a grad program at Michigan State called Literary Neuroscience. This program has had "general" internet info circulating for maybe only 7 years, with arguably a location of no more than 5 schools in the whole USA. After taking the GRE today and sending out my scores to these scores, I was curious in wondering, "Are there any predominantly/historically black schools that house programs with similar combined studies of literature and cognition?" Even though the term "literary neuroscience" is relatively new, I'm sure the concept isn't. As an old saying goes, "There is nothing new under the Sun." Plus, one of thee world's foremost conventional experts on Brain Surgery & Neuroscience is renown doctor/author, Ben Carson, also from Detroit, MI. If anyone has answers and/or feedback to this vital question, let me know. And even if I do end up in Michigan, East Lansing is likely to be somewhat of a post-gentrified Nu…

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CHALLENGE!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by KENNETH E JAMES on November 18, 2017 at 12:53pm 0 Comments

That's right i said it Challenge for the week if you are an Artist,Writer, whatever the case. If you are a writer do 10 Pages a day for the next week and prove it by Saturday the 25th. That is 70 pages by one week. Now here is the caveat you have to do it in the time frame of your normal day if you cant than try using an hour by hour schedule to see what you are doing that is wasting some time. Nuff said we are all adults here we go! 

WINTERMAN COMICS #1

Posted by Geoff Thorne on November 17, 2017 at 12:32pm 2 Comments

Also, I launched my comics line last month with WINTERMAN COMICS #1

#2 drops at the end of this month and so on. In 2018 three new titles will arrive in a very interesting way.

The comics are sold digital-only on AMAZON (for now. other outlets when i get some free time to make the appropriate files)



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