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Dark Scribe Magazine nominees

DARK SCRIBE MAGAZINE has announced the nominees for the 2nd Annual Black Quill Awards! Every vote makes a difference, so please follow the link below and cast yours now.

Remember, voting closes at midnight EST on Sunday, January 25th, 2009. And please, tell your friends!

Added by Carole McDonnell on January 5, 2009 at 8:22am — No Comments

SCI-FI Amalgam Universe: Fan Fiction

I'm not usually into fan fiction but a buddy of mine; a fellow writer and I got into some heated arguments about which SCI-FI series could kick the ass out of the which other SCI-FI series and stories. That sort of kicked off a bit of a running writing fight and then evolved into a pretty interesting series of short stories and "What ifs". The stories all follow a specific outline and had a definite plot but we write them from several different points along the story. A story where EVERY and… Continue

Added by Night Manager on January 3, 2009 at 7:50pm — 1 Comment

Roundabout or How I Got Here...

...Quite by accident. Or quiet design. Viable arguments for the genesis of many things, but tripping through the wires of the internet led me to this Place. A vibrant fantastical place in its own right, the Black Science Fiction Society feels like coming home or a family reunion. Multicolored, multifaceted, multicultural, is how I likes it. So thanks to all y'all for the uncharacteristically warm welcome!

Right, so a little over a year ago, I was slogging through Amazon for something… Continue

Added by GBC on January 3, 2009 at 2:00am — 6 Comments

The Igbo plot

Chikaodili carried the bucket out of his compound to fetch water for his wife. He stood still in the doorway illuminated by the moonlight. His attention was directed to the hill to his right. On top of the hill stood a large structure with smoke from its chimney into the night sky. Chikaodili dropped the bucket where he stood and quickly walked back into his compound. He walked down the hallway not having time to see their occupants. He turned left into one of the rooms. He was startled when he… Continue

Added by william landis on December 31, 2008 at 7:58pm — 5 Comments

WInter Ghost p7


Oh no…

The snow pulls at my legs, trying to keep us from escaping. I slog into the alley but I know that he’ll catch us long before we can reach the other end.

What little light filtered through the trees and bushes into the alley from the street lights is suddenly blocked.

My legs stop dead… I can’t help myself. I can feel his eyes boring into my back.

I hear… it’s like a growl…

… no, it’s a word… low, deep and rumbling. Oh God…

Why can’t I… Continue

Added by Night Manager on December 29, 2008 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Long Juju Man Sketches


My illustrated book, Long Juju Man, is scheduled for release February 6th, 2009. It is the winner of the Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa. For order information, click here.

Here is the preliminary cover:

Long Juju Man was inspired by one of my favorite… Continue

Added by Nnedi Okorafor on December 29, 2008 at 1:18pm — 1 Comment

Bloodshot interview with Winston Blakely

Hello, Everybody. I recently did an interview for an website that featured one of the classic Valiant Comic

Characters, Bloodshot. I would like to share this with my fellow Black Sci-Fi fans.

copy and paste the above link in a new tab in your browser.

Since, I joined this site, I've met some interesting people that I hope I will be working with on future

projects. All of us creative people… Continue

Added by Winston Blakely on December 28, 2008 at 6:55pm — No Comments


History and etymology An African-American scholar and social activist, Ron Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 as the first African-American holiday. Karenga said his goal was to "...give Blacks an alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society." The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya…


Added by Jarvis Sheffield - Admin on December 27, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Wow - The End of Another Year . . .

And another new beginning. I'm not sure, but this may be the happiest time of my life (I say that every year and it's always true). I love what I do and I love the people who have come into my life because of it - you! It's been an interesting year and I look forward to another one.

Like many of you, I've had my personal woes with illness, work, money and family, but it all just makes me appreciate my life all the more. Besides, now I wonder how to write about everything… Continue

Added by Diane on December 27, 2008 at 10:30am — 1 Comment


I found this article at Africa Resource

It's also complicated. In his essay in "Dark Matter" titled "Racism and Science Fiction," Delany writes about how race constricts black writers. He describes being paired with Hopkinson during a book signing at Readercon in 1998, and how grouping… Continue

Added by A J Harper on December 26, 2008 at 12:51pm — 3 Comments

Anthos and Contests 2009

1. The Nemonymous editor requires a story judged suitable by its author for inclusion in the projected Cern Zoo book, planned to be published in June 2009. Ideally, this story should be specially written for ‘Cern Zoo’. 'Cern Zoo' (alternatively 'Cerne Zoo') simply means what it means to you. The above image is not intended to guide the nature of submissions and your story can have any title.

2. Between 500 and 14000 words for each story.

3. Lump sum payment in UK pounds to author… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on December 26, 2008 at 11:33am — No Comments

Reading Too Much Into Race

By Carleen Brice

Sunday, December 21, 2008; Page B04

What, you haven't heard of it?

Wondering whether it's a joke?

Well, it is and it isn't. I've got my tongue firmly lodged against my cheek, but I'm really hoping that this holiday season you'll buy a book by a black author… Continue

Added by A J Harper on December 24, 2008 at 9:09pm — 2 Comments

Please consider signing this petetion: One Percent for the Arts

Here is a link to a petition that requests that one percent of the proposed $600 billiion stimulus package be dedicated to the arts.

Added by Celeste Rita Baker on December 24, 2008 at 7:15am — No Comments

8 Questions for Ta'Shia Asanti sci-fi/fantasy writer, poet,

To borrow from an insightful blog Obama is representative of the Black american we seldom see in publishing. Meaning, he is not a whore-monger, drug-dealer, drug user or absent baby-daddy. He is not a slave to designer labels and he does not wear bling. We have not seen him ducking into a… Continue

Added by A J Harper on December 22, 2008 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Canaan's Labyrinth is Available in Stores!

Finally! Canaan's Labyrinth is available in paper back for $14.95 at the following stores and websites:

Esowon Books

4331 Degnan Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90008

(323) 290-1048

Small World Books

1407 Ocean Front Walk

Venice, CA 90291…


Added by Fumi Bankole on December 22, 2008 at 5:41pm — 1 Comment

Great sites to add to your google reader or rss feed

http://queryshark.blo… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on December 22, 2008 at 1:43pm — No Comments

WHOOPI BRINGS 'STRANGE' SERIES TO INTERNET: 'View' co-host to star and exec produce miniseries for

Whoopi Goldberg will executive produce and play the lead character in "Strange," a new science-fiction miniseries to debut next month on the Internet.

The Oscar-winning actress and co-host of ABC's "The View" will star as Jodi, a woman trying to come to terms with her lifelong fears, reports Variety.

The series, airing in six five-minute weekly segments, will debut online at and on video-on-demand beginning Jan. 15.

This will be the sixth original… Continue

Added by L Martin Johnson Pratt on December 19, 2008 at 11:41am — 1 Comment

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Fallback Disk...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on September 20, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

A group of researchers recently observed a mysterious infrared emission coming from near a pulsar in NASA's Hubble Space telescope data. This animation depicts one possible source of the emission: a "fallback disk" or a disk that formed from materials of the parent star falling back into the neutron star after a supernova. Credit: ESA/N. Tr’Ehnl (Pennsylvania State University)/NASA

Topics: Astrophysics, Infrared, Neutron Stars, Neutrons,…


The Enslavement of the "Black Art Movement"

Posted by Turtel Onli on September 19, 2018 at 8:30am 0 Comments

During the heady days of the Black Cultural revolution in Chicago, there was a lot of art dealing with this hope and concept.  The mainstream galleries, Black art curators, historians and critics mostly stayed away from it.  Then once certain major players in this died in came the White parasites.  One a college professor the other a Jewish art dealer.  Both swooped in making deals to sell works, with the other building a entire career path for herself.  Now they are the accepted go-to authorities of this movement. That they treat as a dead slave on their plantations. "The Black Art Movement" now produces no revenue or power for the people it were supposed to benefit.

And all of this happened due to the "Black on Black boycott" that allowed non-Blacks to walk in a take it to the bank.  WHen Black do not support and endorse its own positives others come in later to reap its resources, power & wealth.

Sort of like Jazz, The Blues, Peanut Butter and Hip…


Schrödinger's Temperatures...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on September 19, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

A new uncertainty principle holds that quantum objects can be at two temperatures at once, which is similar to the famous Schrödinger's cat thought experiment, in which a cat in a box with a radioactive element can be both alive and dead. Credit: Shutterstock

Topics: Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, Nanotechnology, Schrödinger's cat, Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamics…


Tunable Quantum States...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on September 18, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

When the researchers turn an external magnetic field in different directions (indicated with arrows), they change the orientation of the linear electron flow above the kagome (six-fold) magnet, as seen in these electron wave interference patterns on the surface of a topological quantum kagome magnet. Each pattern is created by a particular direction of the external magnetic field applied on the sample.

Image by M. Z. Hasan, Jia-Xin Yin, Songtian Sonia Zhang, Princeton University…



Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on September 17, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Topics: Civil Rights, Diversity, Existentialism, History, Human Rights

Republicans: Founded in 1854 by anti-slavery expansion activists and modernizers, the Republican Party quickly surpassed the Whig Party as the principal opposition to the Democratic Party. In 1860, it came to power with the election of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency. The party presided over the American Civil War and Reconstruction and was harried by internal factions and scandals toward the end of the 19th century. Today, the party supports a conservative platform (from an American political perspective), with further foundations in supply-side fiscal policies,…

Cynical Capitalism...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on September 14, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Image Source: AARP, which up to this moment, I didn't realize was so "woke."

Topics: Climate Change, Existentialism, Global Warming, Star Trek

The home world of the Ferengi species is…


Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on September 13, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Image Source: DC Wiki

Topics: Existentialism, Global Warming, Politics

Apokolips is a fictional planet appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The planet is ruled by Darkseid, established in Jack Kirby's Fourth World comic book series, and…


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

At 2:30 a.m. EDT (0630 UTC) on Sept. 11, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite looked at Hurricane Florence in infrared light. MODIS found coldest cloud top temperatures around the eye, as cold as or colder than minus 80 degrees (yellow) Fahrenheit (minus 112 degrees Celsius). Surrounding the eye were thick rings of powerful storms with cloud tops as cold as or colder than minus 70 degrees (red) Fahrenheit (minus 56.6 degrees Celsius). Credit: NASA/NRL…


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