My Fellow Americans,
As Is it here with true joy in my heart as America elects it’s first black president my eyes have wells up with excitement that which a person rarely sees in life. Barack Obama’s win is not just a win for Barack or a win for Black people, but a win for the American People and all people that have struggled for a just cause.
This time is one of the turning points in our evolution as a species another jump in our ability to conquer evil and… Continue
Added by TheDigitalBrothers on November 5, 2008 at 10:30am —
These are some of the first scifi figures ive seen that really inspire me to want to make art and incorporate "blackness" to it. They are done by a japanese guy called Takayuki Takeya aka "the master". This cat is RAW. For all i know these figures are from a story that is blatantly racist or something, i really dont care tho. Someone could probably look at these and see them as offensive but i get inspired by the strangest things. When i see these i see black people sculpted in a way ive… Continue
Added by Elliott on November 2, 2008 at 10:00pm —
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… Continue
Added by Nnedi Okorafor on October 25, 2008 at 7:22am —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by Nnedi Okorafor on October 22, 2008 at 10:30am —
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 —
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
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 —
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 science fiction
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 —
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 —
“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 —
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 —
WINTER GHOST P 6
Footsteps in the storm
I let her legs go and push us up until I get my feet under me, but I don’t stand. Instead I crouch and peer off into the storm in the direction the shadow went. My eyes search but the snow won’t let me see. My ears listen but the wind is all I can hear.
It went… that way.
I turn, grab her legs and pull them out of the snow once again.
We’ll go this way.
I hop through the snow. We’ll cross the street… make to the houses… Continue
Added by Night Manager on September 26, 2008 at 3:30pm —
I know this isn't sci-fi ya'll, but bear with me and I'd love a little feedback.
by B. Sharise Moore
for a white house.
through a white womb
is only recognized
and he is… Continue
Added by B. Sharise Moore on September 22, 2008 at 9:25pm —
Last Night… in my Dream…
I must have fallen asleep on my couch because that’s where the dream begins. Something was wrong with the book I was trying to read because the words were all jumbled. Before it became frustrating enough to wake me there came a loud rumbling from outside my window and then a banging at my door.
But the banging was not to rouse me or to get me to open it. It was too strong, violent and the door shook on its hinges. Suddenly it burst open and in stomped… Continue
Added by Night Manager on September 13, 2008 at 12:40am —
This is 1st part of the short story I WAS going to enter into the BSFS Anthology but the whole story got too long and another Idea sparked to me anyway.
REBIRTH OF SLICK
Oblivion isn’t nothingness. It’s a great weight that presses upon you from everywhere at once. Oblivion isn’t blackness. It’s a stark white light that falls away from you, pulls at you… Continue
Added by Night Manager on September 13, 2008 at 12:39am —
I write everyday. I sit down and I bang out notes and thoughts and essays on social and political philosophy. When it comes to writing for my career, I work every day, with very few exceptions (some Saturdays I'm hung over ;(, some Thursdays I'm tired). I am on the tenure hunt and loving every minute of it. I haven't stopped writing fiction, it gets written. It just doesn't get completed.
I just started a new fiction project from some old notes. And the potential that was there four… Continue
Added by VD DeVau on September 2, 2008 at 7:20pm —
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 —