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For those folks living near NYC -- hey it's worth a try

Suvudu is giving away three pairs of Weekend Tickets to Comic Con New York, one of the biggest Comics, Sci Fi, Fantasy, Manga, Television, Movies, You-Name-It-They-Got-It Extravaganzas known to mankind! All you need to do is email us your name, phone number, and mailing address at infosuvudu@randomhouse.com. It's just that easy, but be sure to read the legal for all the fine print.

To enter, submit your name, phone number and mailing address to info@suvudu.com between 12:01 AM EDT January… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on January 13, 2009 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Best Markets for Sci Fi Writers

While cruising the Web the other day, I found a list of possible markets for sci-fi and spec writers. Info includes payment terms and other resources, but the most important items are links to stories that are being published.



Why is this important?



In order to compete in any marketplace, you must study from the people who are successfully selling. So, my advice is to review and evaluate the stories that are winning awards and paychecks and utilize some of the… Continue

Added by Stafford Battle on January 9, 2009 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Amalgam Fan Fiction

AMALGAM UNIVERSE:

from ACT II

Part two:

THE 1ST ALLIANCES:

MAYDAY!







Her Viper was beginning to spin. Slowly now, but Starbuck knew soon she would be pinned to one side of her Viper as the centripetal forces rose. She slid her hand over the emergency eject lever, better to have it in hand now than when she may not have the strength to reach it. Be a shame to have the opportunity to bail only to be held back by her own body weight times ten. Spinning… Continue

Added by Night Manager on January 8, 2009 at 10:13am — 1 Comment

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!

http://www.darkscribemagazine.com/current-nominees/

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

WINTER GHOST P 7

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

FYI:



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.



http://www.geocities.com/angelo_mortalli11/blakely/blakely.html



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

HAPPY KWANZA

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…

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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

Race-and-Science-Fction

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



www.washingtonpost.com



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.
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/artsstimulus/index.html

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



Amazon.com…



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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://thedarksalon.blogspot.com/



http://evileditor.blogspot.com/



http://edittorrent.blogspot.com/



http://www.writingexcuses.com/



http://thewritingcast.com/blog/



http://www.floggingthequill.com/flogging_the_quill/





http://practicing-writing.blogspot.com/



http://anthologynewsandreviews.blogspot.com/



http://www.placesforwriters.com/



http://hopeclark.blogspot.com/



http://queryshark.blo… Continue

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

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Musings?

Posted by Kwesi Adebisi on January 23, 2019 at 8:28am 0 Comments

As I was saying, I am currently realm-building. The task is to include elements of classical fantasy, but remain primarily sci-fi, specifically cyberpunk. There will be multiple planets/dimensions, and the general populace will be humans with enhancements (some without). The enhancements will include cybernetics, biological experiments, and even some mystical attainments. Again, I'm paring down the details, but the majority of the details are worked out. One main character has been confined for hundreds of years by his rival. Neither can die, and the one confined is found to be simply allowing the circumstance while gathering energy and awaiting certain events before acting.

My main distraction is the fact that I'm about to be released from prison this year. I'm at a work-release center now, and have limited access to the computer. Not to mention no spare time to get down and hash out more details. I have to obtain employment and whatnot while I'm here. Arg. Patience…

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Vexed by Vortexes...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 23, 2019 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Image Source: Live Science

Topics: Anthropogenic Climate Disruption, Geophysics, Meteorology, Research

The blast of Arctic weather headed for the United States this weekend could be a first sign of still worse things to come…
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Super Blood Moon...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 22, 2019 at 5:30am 0 Comments

The total lunar eclipse of Jan. 20-21, 2019, captured by astrophotographers Imelda Joson and Edwin Aguirre from the suburbs of Boston. From left to right: The start of totality, at 11:41 p.m. EST on Jan. 20; the middle of totality, at 12:12 a.m. on Jan. 21; and the end of totality at 12:44 a.m. Credit: Imelda Joson and Edwin Aguirre

Topics: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Moon, Planetary Science

The…
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MY EROTIC COMIC BOOK LAWFUL EVIL ON PATERON

Posted by Nelo Maxwell on January 21, 2019 at 10:30am 0 Comments

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The Beloved Community Repost...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 21, 2019 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Image Source: AJC link below [1]

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Human Rights, Martin Luther King, Star Trek

Note: This was originally posted on Dr. King's actual birthday at the beginning of 2018, ten…
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Cult of Nihilists...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 18, 2019 at 5:30am 0 Comments

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Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Human Rights, LGBT Rights, Women's Rights

“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Ronald…
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Doppelgänger...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 17, 2019 at 5:30am 0 Comments

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Topics: Antimatter, Astrophysics, Cosmology, Dark Matter, Star Trek, Theoretical Physics

Our universe could be the mirror image of an antimatter universe…
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Ultra-bright X-rays...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 16, 2019 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Overview: Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory

Topics: High Energy Physics, Particle Physics, Theoretical Physics, X-rays

The upgrade of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory will make it…
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Initial posting

Posted by Kwesi Adebisi on January 15, 2019 at 9:40am 0 Comments

I would give an intricate, wordy introduction, but there are some hinderances. I am currently realm-building for a debut series, but life has a way of taking priority. One day, I will have the availability I need. My next one will be more detailed, rest assured.

Disaster Hypocrisy...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on January 15, 2019 at 5:30am 0 Comments

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Topics: Climate Change, Global Warming, Politics, Research

Mexico won’t pay for President Trump’s border wall. But Northern Californians might.

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