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 —
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 —
“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 —
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 —
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.
Added by Matt on November 13, 2008 at 11:17am —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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.
Added by Nnedi Okorafor on November 6, 2008 at 6:49am —
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… Continue
Added by TheDigitalBrothers on November 5, 2008 at 10:30am —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by Nnedi Okorafor on October 25, 2008 at 7:22am —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by Nnedi Okorafor on October 22, 2008 at 10:30am —
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 —
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
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 —
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 —