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Winter Ghost p5

WINTER GHOST p5

The SHADOW

The storm comes on again like an explosion as I turn and leap off of the steps. It’s so strong… pushes me sideways and we almost fall. It’s so loud that I can’t hear if the door opens behind us.

I don’t look back.

The deep snow pulls at my pumping legs but the storm wind pushes at me from behind. I don’t dare turn. Just run. Keep running. Don’t drop her.

The twin bushes rise up ahead of me, still whipsawing snow all about; the wind seems to… Continue

Added by Night Manager on August 29, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Wow . . . In My Lifetime . . . NOT Science Fiction

He's BaRack'n the House. This is the stuff of great books.

Added by Diane on August 28, 2008 at 9:47pm — 1 Comment

Great News!

My novel, Sunny and the Leopard People, has just been acquired by Sharyn November at Viking (for the harcover) and Firebird Books (for the paperback). Both are imprints of Penguin.



About three years ago, I met this spunky little gangly girl. She was the daughter of a family friend. They were visiting from Nigeria. She was also strikingly albino. Imagine a girl… Continue

Added by Nnedi Okorafor on August 28, 2008 at 5:00am — 4 Comments

Murder In Nufrika III



Murder In Nufrika (Part III)




Diana’s family home was in the middle of a Uganda safari, miles from modern civilization, although civilization was very evident in this well established mansion. Its structure was fashioned after the American White House. The house itself was deep purple, black and gold. Carter would joke that it could be seen from the same distance of a satellite. The front lawn was divided by a path… Continue

Added by Dredwalker on August 27, 2008 at 10:15pm — 2 Comments

Murder In Nufrika II



Murder In Nufrika (Part II)




I slammed the phone down on Calhoun’s ear. His arrogance has made my blood boil. Although I am the Sergeant there is a level of respect that I got at the precinct that I could do without. Although they never made it blatant, half the officers resented didn’t respect me due to my American ancestry. I was not going to bring my son down to be subjected to Calhoun’s or other’s scrutiny. Not… Continue

Added by Dredwalker on August 27, 2008 at 10:06pm — No Comments

Murder In Nufrika I



Murder In Nufrika (Part I)






Atabra, Sudan. February 23, 2216. Five days before the first centennial of “New Africa”, as the elder politicians still call it. The average citizen chuckle and scoff at the archaic pronunciation. The term was now “Nufrika” coined by the young and those who resist the conformed. Even my 15 year old son, Carter G.W. Danjuma (Because he was born on a Friday) finds such people… Continue

Added by Dredwalker on August 27, 2008 at 9:59pm — No Comments

the coal powered space shuttle (science fiction poem)

I am here to day to tell you

Of a step forward

Or maybe one backwards

In space age technology



When you here what I say

You may shutter

The coal powered space shuttle



You’ll get were you’re going

Just as fast

But slower



Its modern technology

From yesterday

today



Who needs potent liquid

When you have black rocks

It’ll be just like grilling in space



But in any case

If its good enough… Continue

Added by william landis on August 26, 2008 at 10:25am — 6 Comments

ENERGY

This comment is for every single member on this page. I am proud to be a member of this page. It is beautiful to come into this site and see all the new members from all over the world joining in. The sENERGY that this page produces is radiating cosmic-ly. It is wonderful to connect to such creative people with amazing diversity. POWER to the members of BSFS. And from me I send nothing but beautiful, loving ENERGY to each and every one of you. Let's keep it going strong.

Added by Jeanine Wright on August 25, 2008 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Another rough draft excerpt from Visitors to NeoAfrica

Three hours earlier, Admiral McCray and First Officer Thorvald were ferried back to their ship on board the NeoAfrican cruiser, Douglass.

Admiral McCray and the cruiser’s captain, Anita Johnson, had a pleasant conversation, while Thorvald looked on in his usual silence. When McCray and the captain parted it was with good cheer and the two Unity Expedition officers walked through the docking tube connecting the Douglass to the Admiral’s command ship Swiftstrider.

“This is intolerable,”… Continue

Added by Ronald T. Jones on August 23, 2008 at 11:35am — 2 Comments

Another excerpt from Twilight

Regally attired humans gyrated wildly to the beat of the latest pop tune. A few stumbled about with drunken abandon, others laid out on the floor, their faces locked in rigor mortis expressions of drug-induced bliss. Humans fight hard, party harder. With total victory over the Tacherins in our grasp, the rowdiness of the celebrants did not surprise me in the least.

There were relatively few Vingin present. They tended to cluster in groups, forming little islands of calm amid the clamor of… Continue

Added by Ronald T. Jones on August 23, 2008 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Winter Ghost p4

WINTER GHOST P4

We Run



She’s hurt, I say, but no one answers.

She needs help, I say, but the door remains shut.

I stare into the spy-hole and… I swear it’s staring right back at us. It’s a small dark hole in the old battered door set in the bowel of a nasty knot in the wood of the long twisted middle plank. A tiny ring a brass sits just inside the knurl, marking it as more than just a natural hole in the wood. But there’s no glass in it. The center is shadowy… gray… I… Continue

Added by Night Manager on August 22, 2008 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Hispanic Heritage Month Book List

The Carl Brandon Society has a program in book advocacy: every ethnic heritage month we will be sending out a list of ten speculative fiction books, which are still in print, by authors of that heritage to bookstores and libraries so that they can feature these books and encourage readers to pick them up.



The way we arrive at the list is by asking our members to submit nominations, and then by polling members to choose the top ten. Right now we're taking nominations of speculative… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on August 21, 2008 at 6:34am — No Comments

Seeds of Change



I have a short story called "Spider the Artist" in a just released environmental science fiction anthology called Seeds of Change (Prime Books). Read an excerpt here.



I hope you enjoy the anthology's book trailer (heh, that's my mom's voice you hear). Watch it on youtube… Continue

Added by Nnedi Okorafor on August 20, 2008 at 7:16pm — No Comments

CFS: Anthos and Contests

UIDELINES FOR CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 2:

more tales of beauty and strangeness

CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 2: More Tales of Beauty and Strangeness is the next volume in the annual anthology series edited by Mike Allen, scheduled to be published by Norilana Books in July 2009. The anthology's literary focus is on the high end, and it is open to the full range of the speculative and fantastic genres.

Editor Mike Allen says: "CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 2 is a home for stories that sidestep expectations in… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on August 17, 2008 at 11:38am — No Comments

Winter Ghost p3

WINTER GHOST P3

THE DOOR



The door is… so strange. There’s no screen door. The snow is piled right up against it. It’s wood, dark and weather beaten, in thick long planks from top to snow covered bottom. It’s not especially ornate and there is no window set in it but there is an eyehole with an old fashion knocker just beneath it. I don’t see a doorbell.

Maybe the knocker is the bell.

The snow rises in a mound the higher the steps get but with one foot on the first step… Continue

Added by Night Manager on August 15, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Bokonism


Man read this 'holy book' that Kurt Von alluded to in his novels over at BlueBlack Atlantis

Added by C'BS ALife Allah on August 15, 2008 at 12:37am — No Comments

Ethiopian Space Project (what do you think so far)

It was dawn in the Danakil desert. The sun rose above Erta Ale. Most people thought it was unwise to build a space aircraft launching facility near an active volcano, but other than the volcano the location was perfect. The landscape was mostly flat, and there was only a small local population because it was near an active volcano. The wild life weren’t a problem either. The Ostriches, Gazelles, and African Wild Asses lived as if the space center wasn’t even there.

Though still this would… Continue

Added by william landis on August 13, 2008 at 11:19pm — 3 Comments

The Uses and Misuses of "Inspiration"

This was an article I originally wrote for Christian Fiction Factor but it has some good points that fit spec-fic writers also.



The Uses and Misuses of Inspiration.

Carole McDonnell



“The Lord gave me this idea.”



How often I’ve heard a new writer say this? Often, this sentence preceded great stories. But just as often it introduced writings that were so half-baked I found myself searching for a tactful way to say “Please don’t blame the Lord for… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on August 13, 2008 at 10:15am — 3 Comments

Be a part of my email list for Blaqmermaid Press and the novel, Taste!

Hi all...just wanted to collect emails in preparation for the launch of my debut novel, Taste and my small press's website Blaqmermaid Press. Please message me your email addresses so that I can add you to my mailing list. Along with the novel, I will be running contests/giveaways, and conducting creative writing and self-publishing seminars! Feel free to poke your head around www.blaqmermaidpress.com which will be completed within the coming days. Thanks for your support!



B.… Continue

Added by B. Sharise Moore on August 10, 2008 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

intergalactic games (first story i ever wrote, tried to get it published at mindflights thats why it had so much religon, i know it has quite a few grammar errors but tell me what you think)

Gary stood at the starting line of the 400 meter dash event of the intergalactic games. On the staggered starting line ready to race him were some of the greatest athletes in the universe. This among other variables had him wondering what the hell he was doing there.

In the other lanes stood other beings that differed greatly than those Gary had been accustomed to on earth. First there was a Tigon in the first lane. The mere size of the Tigon intimidated Gary. Tigons were extremely strong… Continue

Added by william landis on August 8, 2008 at 10:20am — 3 Comments

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Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on June 19, 2018 at 8:49am 0 Comments

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Topics: Africa, African Americans, Civil Rights, History, Human Rights

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in…
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Tears for the Baobab...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on June 18, 2018 at 5:16am 0 Comments

GIF image from Nature. The African baobab is one of the continent’s most recognizable tree species. Credit: Hougaard Malan/naturepl.com

Topics: Biology, Climate Change, Ecology, Existentialism

Africa’s iconic baobab trees are dying, and scientists don’t know why. In a study intended to examine why the trees are so long-living, researchers made…
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“Take care of your own and don't expect anyone else to do so, or at least not to put the same priority on it.” – Theodore Beale

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“Take care of your own and don't expect anyone else to do so, or at least not to put the same priority on it.” – Theodore Beale

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Nanomaterials and the Final Frontier...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on June 14, 2018 at 5:00am 0 Comments

Nanomaterials take on the many extremes of space. Courtesy: Shutterstock/Sergey Nivens

Topics: Applied Physics, Nanotechnology, NASA, Space Exploration, Spaceflight

Rocket science often seems to typify state-of-the-art technology. The extreme conditions of take-off, landing and space itself, the exacting…
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MiniBooNe...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on June 13, 2018 at 7:23am 0 Comments

Inside the MiniBooNE tank, photodetectors capture the light created when a neutrino interacts with an atomic nucleus. Reidar Hahn / Fermilab

Topics: Neutrinos, Particle Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Theoretical Physics

Physicists are both thrilled and baffled by a new report from a neutrino experiment at Fermi National Accelerator…
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Martian Molecules...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on June 12, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Self portrait of Curiosity Rover at a drilling site on Mars. The drilled hole can be seen on the Martian surface. This location was not part of this latest study. (Courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

Topics: Biology, Exoplanet, Mars, NASA, Space Exploration, Spaceflight

Organic molecules have been…
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