Three days off and things are no better. Terry is sick as shit with no signs of getting better. I mean I kinda guess we all know what's happening, but no one wants to say anything. These….whatever they are, people I guess, attack and bite. They aren't or at least don't seem to have much of a cognitive reasoning like normal people. Not so much to call it mental retardation or some type of brain damage so much as they just react. They seem to move on basic instincts of move, eat, and continue.… Continue
Added by Matt on May 28, 2008 at 8:27pm —
THE FUCKING INTERNET. That's about all that's left now. Everything and most everyone is gone. And now I'm typing on the internet because that's all that's left everything that I held close. Wait, let me back up. My name is Matt Mills. I am, was, an employee of Pass and Seymour Legrand.
I just finished my first semester of school at Rowan Cabarrus Community College, with straight A's I might add, and have…fuck….had the best girl friend ever. I'm not sure exactly when it started, but I… Continue
Added by Matt on May 28, 2008 at 8:25pm —
I posted a production still image of one of the main characters on this page yesterday. The front pages of the website is up at www.EarthSquadron.com. Today, we have even more good news, one of the action figures is 90% done. Please visit the website and let me know what you think.
Added by TheDigitalBrothers on May 28, 2008 at 12:00pm —
The dream of blacks making science fiction as a concept has been in the minds of many of us since we were all children watching science fiction movies and television shows such as Buck Rogers, Star Wars, Battle Star Galactic and Star Trek. Most of us have however, found that the characters that are ethnic, as a general rule most often have been relegated to secondary roles, sidekicks, stereotypes, sex objects, dope heads, not in the show at all or my favorite the first to die in the… Continue
Added by TheDigitalBrothers on May 25, 2008 at 10:00pm —
Lots of good stuff about what's happening in the minority publishing world.
Come visit the blog and post a comment. Make it a favorite. Also, tell your friends about it.
Added by Carole McDonnell on May 22, 2008 at 8:13am —
IT’S A MIRACLE! IT’S A DRIFTER! IT’S … TEMPTATIONS MAN!
The 1960s marked the birth of two of the comics industry’s first black superheroes: The Black Panther in 1966, and The Falcon in 1969. However, another African-American superhero came to life in 1969. He didn’t appear in the comics. He didn’t even have a name. He existed only in the lyrics of “I Can’t Get Next to You,” a hit song sung by the Temptations.
If “Temptations Man” were an actual superhero, he would have a… Continue
Added by Charles R. Saunders on May 18, 2008 at 2:52pm —
Over two hours and I really enjoyed it. Good rewrite of the Stark history . . . killer suit . . . I don't even know why Gweneth Paltrow did this movie . . . Terrance Howard is ready for his suit and his close-up . . . Jeff Bridges as a baldy - not bad! There were a few holes in the early storyline, but not so egregious as to ruin the motion picture experience.
Can't wait for Hancock!
Added by Diane on May 4, 2008 at 3:44am —
I can divide my life as a writer into six stages, stretching over a period of close to 40 years.
During the 1970s, I wrote short stories for small-press magazines put out by fans of the science fiction and fantasy genres. Those genres always fascinated me, and there is something about them that causes an inordinate proportion of their readers to believe they can write, as well as read, “sf and f.” I was one of them, and I had stories published in magazines that paid in… Continue
Added by Charles R. Saunders on May 3, 2008 at 6:14pm —
Sword & Sorceress 23
We are happy to announce that Sword & Sorceress 22 sold well enough that we get to do another volume. Norilana Books will be publishing Sword & Sorceress 23 later this year.
If you wish to submit a story to the anthology, please follow the Guidelines below.
Stories should be the type generally referred to as "sword and sorcery" and must have a strong female protagonist whom the reader will care about. See Sword… Continue
Added by Carole McDonnell on April 30, 2008 at 8:47am —
Hey Sistas y Brothas
I know we all about Black Sci Fi up in here, but that means we got big brains and open hearts. Just wanted to hip you all to a list of API spec fiction books in honor of API heritage month.
The CARL BRANDON SOCIETY recently recommended the following speculative fiction books for Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month:
Ted Chiang STORIES OF YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS: A… Continue
Added by Lisa Marie on April 15, 2008 at 10:51am —
After two weekends of writers' conferences I'm off to the NY Comic Con with my husband and brother this coming weekend. I must be a glutton for punishment. I'm not attending on Friday because my brother will not be a slacker like his older sister and take a day off from work. I tried to convince him that it was the professional only day (until 3pm) and it might not be so overwhelming. No can do - that guy is super-responsible.
So it's Saturday - ugh. I hope the crowds don't make me… Continue
Added by Diane on April 14, 2008 at 2:57pm —
Time for some shameless self-promotion. But then, is there any other kind of self-promotion?
I’ll get right down to it. A new novel by me is now available. Its title is Dossouye, and it is being published by Sword & Soul Media, through www.lulu.com. That’s right … print-on-demand. I’ll tell you the reason I went that route in a minute.
The novel is based on several stories I’ve had published over the years about a black woman warrior named Dossouye. Her adventures take… Continue
Added by Charles R. Saunders on April 11, 2008 at 12:51pm —
Chimu People on the 164-page double edition, out now
The latest issue of the Cape Town based cultural and literary journal, Chimurenga
, is a double-take on sci-fi and speculative writing from the African world, collectively titled “Dr. Satan’s Echo Chamber”. The title of the double-issue is drawn from a dub mix by the late Jamaican producer King… Continue
Added by Carole McDonnell on April 8, 2008 at 2:18pm —
Yesterday I stayed in bed all day and watched movies. I saw two movies I hadn't seen before. One was called Tomorrow (by writer Faulkner by way of director Horton Foote and actor Duvall) and the other was called Constantine with my lifelong crush Keanu Reeves. (In fact I have had such a jones for Keanu for such a long time that in Wind Follower I actually named my character Kaynu after him.)
Anyways, Constantine --despite Keanu's gorgeous self-- just had me rolling my eyes. Hey, I'm… Continue
Added by Carole McDonnell on April 8, 2008 at 2:17pm —
Yesterday, I received a sweet little e-missive from a fellow author. In it, she lovingly but firmly told me about the concept of The Pedestal of Author. Backstory: I've gotten mostly good reviews on Wind Follower. When I have gotten bad reviews, I let it slide. Everyone has an opinion. When I get a really, really, really bad review....where the reviewer obviously hasn't written the book....well, I actually try to defend myself. Which is a no-no in writing circles, I'm told.
Added by Carole McDonnell on April 8, 2008 at 2:15pm —
By Gregory Banks
FeBlueberry 2005 Hipiers.com newsletter
"...For an experience in description and emotion, this is good." - Piers Anthony, Author the Xanth series.
Carole McDonnell, The Compulsive Reader, March 30,… Continue
Added by Carole McDonnell on April 8, 2008 at 2:14pm —
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.
Added by Carole McDonnell on April 8, 2008 at 2:11pm —
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.
Added by Charles R. Saunders on April 4, 2008 at 7:10pm —
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 —
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 —