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Podcast of Homecoming at the Borderlands Cafe

Please check out the podcast of my story, Homecoming at the Borderlands Cafe over at Escape Pod. It takes about fifteen minutes to listen to. Please comment if you can. It's a story about race and religion in an alternate America...and some folks don't like race in science fiction stories.

-Carole McDonnell

Added by Carole McDonnell on April 8, 2008 at 2:11pm — No Comments

A bit of history

I’ll begin this blog with a bit of history: namely, an excerpt from an essay I wrote back in 1977. The essay was called “Why Blacks Don’t Read Science Fiction,” and it was first published in a fanzine called Windhaven. A revised version appeared in a book titled Brave new Universe in 1980. A later essay, “Why Blacks Should Read (and Write) Science Fiction, included in the first Dark Matter anthology in 2000, was a sequel to the earlier one, which was something of a rant.

Here… Continue

Added by Charles R. Saunders on April 4, 2008 at 7:10pm — 5 Comments

Clarion West!

Way back when I applied to both Clarion West & Clarion. After submitting the applications and stories I completely forgot about it, until I got a call Sunday saying that I had been accepted to Clarion West and could I still attend? Unfortunately I couldn't because I had just gotten a new job that I started two days ago. I couldn't very well go up to my new boss and say "Hey, I got into a writing seminar I need 6 weeks off this summer. "

But I've made myself a vow to actually… Continue

Added by N.T. Gaubert on March 26, 2008 at 11:29am — 1 Comment

Calling a Spade a Mardonalian (Part 2)

Sometimes, racism in SF is subtext rather than context. In E.E. Smith’s The Skylark of Space, the heroes are Earth’s best and brightest despite, when told by a malevolent entity there are many ways it could kill them, responding, “Name one!” Upon arrival on the planet Osnome they rescue an airship being attacked by flying monsters. The passengers of the ship are humanoids whose skin color is “a dark, livid… green.” In appreciation for their efforts the Terrans are given “slaves,” seven… Continue

Added by Cranston on March 21, 2008 at 8:51am — 1 Comment

Calling a Spade a Mardonalian (Part 1)

In his essay “Why Blacks Should Read (and Write) Science Fiction” (in Sheree Thomas’ anthology Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora) Charles R. Saunders says, “The human imagination manifests itself in stories. Those same stories become legends, myths, the defining elements of a culture… We need to contribute to our culture’s overall mythology… and provide positive alternatives to the stereotypes that continue to plague us within that… Continue

Added by Cranston on March 20, 2008 at 10:57pm — 2 Comments

Bloodchild Revisited

This past Saturday my husband and I attended a local book club discussion on Octavia Butler's Bloodchild. In fact, we only attended because we saw a chance to talk to other black folk about great science fiction (of course, now I have you guys). My husband Stafford has read just about everything by the late Ms. Butler. I read one book in a series… Continue

Added by Diane on March 18, 2008 at 2:00am — No Comments

Howard University Continuing Education & Black Author Showcase™ Black History Celebration

Sandra Kelly, HUCE; Kyndall Brown, Diane Williams, and Abiola Abrams

Wow! What a fun night! Sorry you missed it!

Food, fun and books - what more can a gal ask for? Okay . . . maybe someone good at Photoshop to get rid of that too-too-too-tootsie roll. But I digress . . .

We'll have another one in June 2008. Keep checking the calendar because we may have a mini-showcase in April at UMBC in MD.

Howard University… Continue

Added by Diane on March 15, 2008 at 1:56am — No Comments

My Blog...

I guess every writer feels compelled to start a blog wherever they go. I want to start one, even though I am sure that I do not have much of interest to say at the moment. I would suppose that many of us are here because we are big Octavia Butler fans and have be inspired and/or influenced by her work.

I am relatively yong, but believe me when I say I've had my share of struggles as a young black professional. I can only imagine the heights of the hurdles that Ms. Butler must to have… Continue

Added by Amy on March 8, 2008 at 3:21pm — 10 Comments

Welcome To Black Science Fiction Society!!!

Welcome To Black Science Fiction Society!!!

It has long been a goal of mine to create an online community with a focus on Black Science Fiction. Not simply a group or magazine, but a interactive site where consumers as well as developers of

Black science fiction can communicate together.

My company is a multimedia company that develops various media from websites and graphics design to… Continue

Added by Jarvis Sheffield - Admin on February 25, 2008 at 4:08pm — 7 Comments

Enough for Two or Three Days

This is dated now. It was written a year after "the storm". I will set the date to indicate that.

I’m reading an examination of Josephus, a first century Jewish historian. In the introduction, the writer notes that now “history is most often produced by professionals”. This was not true in ancient times, she reports. History was written by those who participated in the events. As I continue reading, it’s obvious that the writer is doubtful about the results of such… Continue

Added by MariesDaughter on October 18, 2007 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Free Within Ourselves...

One of the most promising of the young Negro poets said to me once, "I want to be a poet--not a Negro poet," meaning, I believe, "I want to write like a white poet"; meaning subconsciously, "I would like to be a white poet"; meaning behind that, "I would like to be white." And I was sorry the young man said that, for no great poet has ever been afraid of being himself. And I doubted then that, with his desire to run away spiritually from his race, this…

Added by Reginald L. Goodwin on November 30, 1999 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Evil Walks. Part 7.

The night air was still hot when Willy Martin stepped out of his black SUV and onto the sidewalk near the Fallen Angel Tavern on Pittsburgh‘s North Side. The young black male unbuttoned two buttons of his blue shirt to try and relieve his chest from the heat. He put his keys into the pocket of his blue jeans and then walked inside the tavern. Once inside he saw that the tavern had a dark, gloomy atmosphere. And it was not as crowded as he expected. There were only a few people sitting at the…


Added by Barry K. Nelson on November 30, 1999 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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