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Books Beyond the Boundaries Blog Talk Radio Interview

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/BooksBeyondtheBoundaries/2008/11/20/BBB-with-Carole-McDonnell

I'ts about 45 minutes so it's good to listen to while doing dishes or something. Major fun.

Added by Carole McDonnell on November 20, 2008 at 11:40am — No Comments

Thomas Hobbes Revisited

Thomas Hobbes Revisited

While I was taking notes in my Western Civilization class I read over some information that made my mind really shift gears. Thomas Hobbes (1588 – 1679), is said to be “the most original political philosopher of the seventeenth century.” An incredible charge for someone whom lived in the same time with great individuals such as Galileo Galilei, Sir Isaac Newton, Rene Descartes, and John Locke, all of whom laid down an incredible foundation for discovery and… Continue

Added by Matt on November 15, 2008 at 11:05am — 1 Comment

The Call of Man: Angelic Fate (teaser)

“Come quick Meric, I think I saw an antelope herd this way.” Ezam darted forward smiling with the grin of a fabled laughing hyena. “Hurry up you poker, by the time you get to where I am I’ll have been long gone.” “Always joking, never serious about anything,” Meric thought. “You do realize that we’re not even supposed to be out here right now don’t you? If we get caught you know exactly what’ll happen!” “No I don’t you twit and neither do,” Ezam said not missing a step, “or did you forget that… Continue

Added by Matt on November 14, 2008 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Thoughts

I am finished with Draft 2 of Coal, which really is just an extended Draft 1. It feels pretty good. It feels damn good!



I love nanowrimo, why does it take that month for me to give myself permission to stop worrying about being perfect.



I will not let perfection stop me from being good!



My plan to edit my baby is as follows.

For each section.



1. Write what we want to accomplish from beginning to end and determine if I accomplished it

2. Is… Continue

Added by Constance on November 13, 2008 at 2:38pm — 4 Comments

Into the Breach

Into the Breach



Once more into the breach, this darkness comes so swift,

Only with the light of truth shall this vale ever lift.

The fault of this pain no man does own,

For the end of this pain, no mercy is shown.

It Lies now broken, this hearts forever dreams,

No needles long enough to sew its shattered and torn seams.



Once more into the breach, darkness now upon me,

I close my eyes and scream these words for all the world to see.

No… Continue

Added by Matt on November 13, 2008 at 11:17am — 2 Comments

Forever's Penance

Forever’s Penance



Stricken with grief from a lost loves bittersweet visit,

Peace being forsaken as faith leaves with it.

Once more down this road with despair at my side,

The pain in my heart this time I shall not hide.



Why must you leave when you’ve just made your bed?

Why can you not stay the night and lay your weary head?

This night so familiar, like the setting of the fall,

This feeling so new, from my weary eyes heavy tears now… Continue

Added by Matt on November 13, 2008 at 11:12am — 2 Comments

A Single Tear

A Single Tear

A single tear is all that I ask,

To show that in the end This Too Shall Pass.

A Tear to mark the solemn day,

That Hell has passed and peace is coming this way.



A single tear is all that I pray,

To enter your heart on this sorrow filled day.

For your blood now runs cold during these trials of life,

And your anger cuts through me like a twin sided knife.

I feel for your loss more than you know,

So this tear I give to you, for… Continue

Added by Matt on November 13, 2008 at 11:09am — No Comments

A hot and furious space battle from my upcoming book "Twilight"...not to be confused with vampires!

We hit more targets: a Ziran supply convoy, another arms production complex on another Ziran moon, and a pair of bombardment platforms. The platforms were a prize find. They were en route to a human world to replace the ones we destroyed. One of Vinia’s surveillance probes spotted them when they went into drive just outside the Gatina System in Vingin space. I estimated where those platforms would most likely reappear. Paradyme. It had to be Paradyme. From the platform’s angle of approach in… Continue

Added by Ronald T. Jones on November 11, 2008 at 9:21pm — 3 Comments

Reflections on Obama

This essay on Barack Obama's victory in the presidential election first appeared on the blog at my website, www.charlessaunderswriter.com. I decided to share it with BSFS as well.



He did it. He really, really did it. Barack Obama’s victory was not “taken away” at the last minute, as so many of his supporters (myself among them) feared. I have to tell you, though, that as I watched the first returns coming in, with John McCain leading in so many of the states whose polls closed at 6… Continue

Added by Charles R. Saunders on November 9, 2008 at 5:59am — 4 Comments

The Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature- :-D!



I’m pleased to announce that on November 2nd, my novel Zahrah the Windseeker won The Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa!!



I posted some pictures and a full account of my trip to Nigeria on my blog at: http://nnedi.blogspot.com/



This was truly a journey I'll never forget.



Nnedi…

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Added by Nnedi Okorafor on November 6, 2008 at 6:49am — 3 Comments

My Fellow Americans

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…
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Added by TheDigitalBrothers on November 5, 2008 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

One of the many sculptors i think is hella inspiring.

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 — 5 Comments

Dropping Mbachu

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…
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Added by Nnedi Okorafor on October 25, 2008 at 7:22am — 1 Comment

Canaan's Labyrinth - Blurb - the version on the back cover

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 — No Comments

Canaan's Labyrinth - pages 1-7

Chapter One



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 — 2 Comments

CFS -- specfic and minority

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 — No Comments

Zahrah shortlisted for the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature



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…
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Added by Nnedi Okorafor on October 22, 2008 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Author's Symposium in Las Vegas

Hi,



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 — 1 Comment

Dark Inheritance: Chapter 4

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



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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 — 10 Comments

REBIRTH OF SLICK part 4

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 Comments

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Nano Noise...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on October 16, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

New noise: researchers have discovered a new type of noise that is associated with differences in temperature. (Courtesy: iStock/Swillklitch)

Topics: Acoustic Physics, Applied Physics, Nanotechnology, Semiconductor Technology, Thermodynamics

A new type of electronic noise has been discovered by a team of physicists and chemists in…
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Moon Moons...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on October 15, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Could Earth's moon have its own moon? Science says: in theory. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Topics: Astrophysics, Exoplanets, NASA, Planetary Science, Space Exploration

I couldn't compound the two words in the post title (as in the article) and keep a straight face. Although, someone will likely write fiction about double system…
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Janeway, Nechayev, Sisko and #MeToo...

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

Image Sources: Memory Alpha Wiki

Topics: Civil Rights, Diversity in Science, Existentialism, Human Rights, Star Trek, Women in Science

Kathryn Janeway was the Captain of the Starship Voyager, lost in the Delta Quadrant that managed to have a seven-year run and eventually get back to Federation space for…
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Morally Reprehensible...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on October 11, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Delegates at the first workshop on high-energy theory and gender held at CERN last month. (Courtesy: CERN)

Topics: Diversity, Diversity in Science, Women in Science

More than 3000 physicists have so far signed an open statement…
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Accounting Dark Matter...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on October 10, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Fade to black: a type 1a supernova remnant as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory. (Courtesy: NASA)

Topics: Astrophysics, Black Holes, Cosmology, Dark Matter

Primordial black holes do not account for all dark matter, according to new research by…
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Catastrophe 2040...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on October 9, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Harry Taylor, 6, played with the bones of dead livestock on his family’s farm in New South Wales, Australia, an area that has faced severe drought. Credit: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images

Topics: Climate Change, Ecology, Economy, Global Warming, Politics

1.5 degrees Celsius…

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Strange Fruit...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on October 8, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

The lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, 1930 [1]

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Diversity, Existentialism, Human Rights, Politics

On a hot August night in 1930 a crowd gathered in front of an Indiana jail — men, women, and children…
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Augustus Freeman AKA Icon Gets His Own Film starring...

Posted by Joe Pledger on October 8, 2018 at 2:20am 0 Comments

DC's answer to the film 'Black Panther' should be 'Icon'!  Starring Denzel Washington as Augustus Freeman and either Zendaya or Amandla Stenberg as Rocket,  'Icon' is the story of how an alien crash lands in a cotton field in 1839 and adopts the appearance of the first person that comes into contact with it being a slave woman.  He lives through American history leaving behind a legacy as his next begotten's namesake arriving in the present day as August Freeman IV.  Convinced of his otherworldly abilities to better his race by a teenager name Rocket,  Augustus Freeman becomes the superhero 'Icon'. 

 

The illustration is of an actor named John Garrett.…

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