October 2009 Blog Posts (15)

Black Prophets

I am going to make the rather radical statement that Science Fiction as a genre is "modern" prophesy. It is prophetic because it states with great accuracy who men and women will react when the changes caused by new technologies alter our environment. Whether it be faster-than-light space travel, meeting new species, or facing god-like decisions that new technology made possible.

If you doubt the importance of Sci-Fi in the creation of prophecy all you have to do is look at history.… Continue

Added by Charles Grimmett on October 23, 2009 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments


If you know what DIAMOND PREVIEWS is, our book, PRODIGAL: EGG OF FIRST LIGHT will be soliceted there in NOVEMBER.

if you don't know what PREVIEWS is, it's the catalogue retailers use to determine which comics they will be buying. It's three months ahead so, if you want your local store to carry our book, you have to tell them next month to order it.

I hope you will. Duh.

Added by Geoff Thorne on October 23, 2009 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments


We at ONLI STUDIOS are glad to say that "BLACK AGE XII" was a success from every point of view. It opened doors, built bridges, and entertained all who were there. I have always maintained that the Black Age was the most independent movement in the game. Resistance is futile. We rock! We come! We conquer!

We have pioneered a complete genre and support system all in one. It is no mystery that the growth area of Sci-fi, graphic novels, and games will run right through the Black Age. I… Continue

Added by Turtel Onli on October 18, 2009 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Traditional vs Self-published

Last week I became embroiled in this hot debate over whether it was prudent for authors to self-publish vs. going through the traditional publishing route. The debate was spirited, but it did bring to light the prevailing thought among many why self-publishers are loathed in the writing community. First of all, many I debated referred to the self-publishing business as vanity press and not small press or even self-publishing. This in itself indicates their position that those who self-publish… Continue

Added by Malcolm Dylan Petteway on October 18, 2009 at 4:26pm — 1 Comment

Friends and Links

Hello Everyone,

I am in the process of creating a "Friends of Kandake" page on my website so I was wondering if any of you would be interested in posting links to your blogs, interviews, websites, bookstores, etc. It's just an additional way to share your links with the public. If anyone's interested, send me your banner or link in an email to kandake@live.com and I will announce the launch of the page as soon as it's completed. Thank you!

Added by Kandake Brockington on October 14, 2009 at 6:09pm — 1 Comment

Story submission for the My Africa Diaspora short story contest.

I thought I'd give everyone a peek at the story that I'll be submitting to the My Africa Diaspoa short story contest. I really had to tone down the violence in this one. Kind of like a crackhead being required to do half a pipe. LOLOLOLOL!!

Ahem...anyway, I hope you enjoy the story!

Skyboat Strangers


Ronald T. Jones

Everyone knows when the white men arrived. No one in all the empire that was Benin had ever seen the likes of one. Light of… Continue

Added by Ronald T. Jones on October 11, 2009 at 12:34pm — 6 Comments


I just now became aware (thanks to Milton Davis) of the existence of an Imaro Fan Club on Facebook. Here's the link: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=11182358021.

If anyone on BSFS wants to swell the ranks over there, feel free.

And be sure to check out the interview I did of Milton on my website, www.charlessaunderswriter.com. The Griot tells all!

Added by Charles R. Saunders on October 11, 2009 at 8:57am — No Comments

CreateSpace Report Card

Bottom line Up Front (BLUF): I released the first book, Homecoming, of my science fiction series Osguards: Guardians of the Universe on 8 Oct 09 through CreateSpace.com. This blog is to respond to Veronica Henry’s question on how I liked dealing with CreateSpace.com.

I have published three of the four books prior with Iuniverse.com. I thank Iuniverse for extending the opportunity to me, but I felt like I was doing all the work and they were reaping all the benefits. Even though I… Continue

Added by Malcolm Dylan Petteway on October 10, 2009 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Flight Check (cross post)

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your co-captain speaking, flying the passenger plane metaphor until the wings drop off.

As we approach cruising altitude, we thought it would be a good idea to start things off with some discussion of how to start things off. A flight check, if you will. Now, I know, it's normal to do the flight check BEFORE one takes off and, technically, we already did one, but, on GENRE 19 AIR, we like to live both dangerously and cautiously.… Continue

Added by Geoff Thorne on October 9, 2009 at 2:58am — No Comments

Driver to the Starting line (cross post)

Hi, Folks. Geoff here. I'm the writer half of Genre 19. Todd, like all illustrators in comics, does the real heavy lifting by drawing the wacky stuff I put in the scripts. We thought, since the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT is about to, well, be announced, that it might be fun, at least on this blog, to talk about how the comic book, PRODIGAL: EGG OF FIRST LIGHT came to be.

This won't be a discussion about Story or Plot or Character; there won't be any spoilers for the… Continue

Added by Geoff Thorne on October 7, 2009 at 10:12am — No Comments

back to work

The past few days have brought several observations.

Little things: like wondering why I was not hungry at all during Yom Kippur. If anything, I was a little zoned out. I finally came home and drank some coffee because I was afraid that I would fall asleep during the performance that the choir—that I am a part of—was giving. I wish that I could say that I was occupied in prayer. No—I just wasn’t there at all.

I’ve been spending money, which I normally hate to do: buying a… Continue

Added by MariesDaughter on October 4, 2009 at 11:44pm — No Comments

Urban Knowledge Bookstores

I will be signing "Kill the Messenger: Gemini" and discussing "Gemini and the Black Stone" at 880 Military Circle Norfolk, Virginia October 17/3-6.

I will appear at Urban Knowledge Bookstore in Colonial Hights, Virginia South Park Mall November 7/2-8.

Added by Johanna Nimley on October 4, 2009 at 5:00am — 2 Comments


A clock-work doll sits atop a wobbly mountain of rubble. He has dry, empty sockets where his eyes should be. His smile is wide and full of teeth. A fat tear hangs in suspended animation, mid-dribble down one dirty cheek. The aging sun is going down on the distant horizon, casting its purple gaze across the broken remains of a barren metropolis. There's a tentative click, then the sound of slowly grinding gears.

Suddenly, a sharp melody explodes… Continue

Added by mikodragonfly on October 3, 2009 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

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Best music to write to ,in my opinion is at SomaFM.com.My favorite channels are Drone Zone and Doomed.Check em' out!

Added by Fred Hassan Powell on October 2, 2009 at 4:00am — No Comments

Postings at BooksofSoul.com

Books of Soul (www.booksofsoul.com ) has posted interviews with multi-award winning author, Sharon M. Draper, and first-time author, Michele L. Waters.

Sharon M. Draper is a highly regarded educator and author. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award, and is a New York Times bestselling author.

Similarly, Michele L. Waters has achieved success in her own right as an entrepreneur. She has now… Continue

Added by Eric at BooksofSoul.com on October 2, 2009 at 12:56am — 1 Comment

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