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Hispanic Heritage Month Book List

The Carl Brandon Society has a program in book advocacy: every ethnic heritage month we will be sending out a list of ten speculative fiction books, which are still in print, by authors of that heritage to bookstores and libraries so that they can feature these books and encourage readers to pick them up.



The way we arrive at the list is by asking our members to submit nominations, and then by polling members to choose the top ten. Right now we're taking nominations of speculative… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on August 21, 2008 at 6:34am — No Comments

Seeds of Change



I have a short story called "Spider the Artist" in a just released environmental science fiction anthology called Seeds of Change (Prime Books). Read an excerpt here.



I hope you enjoy the anthology's book trailer (heh, that's my mom's voice you hear). Watch it on youtube… Continue

Added by Nnedi Okorafor on August 20, 2008 at 7:16pm — No Comments

CFS: Anthos and Contests

UIDELINES FOR CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 2:

more tales of beauty and strangeness

CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 2: More Tales of Beauty and Strangeness is the next volume in the annual anthology series edited by Mike Allen, scheduled to be published by Norilana Books in July 2009. The anthology's literary focus is on the high end, and it is open to the full range of the speculative and fantastic genres.

Editor Mike Allen says: "CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 2 is a home for stories that sidestep expectations in… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on August 17, 2008 at 11:38am — No Comments

Winter Ghost p3

WINTER GHOST P3

THE DOOR



The door is… so strange. There’s no screen door. The snow is piled right up against it. It’s wood, dark and weather beaten, in thick long planks from top to snow covered bottom. It’s not especially ornate and there is no window set in it but there is an eyehole with an old fashion knocker just beneath it. I don’t see a doorbell.

Maybe the knocker is the bell.

The snow rises in a mound the higher the steps get but with one foot on the first step… Continue

Added by Night Manager on August 15, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Bokonism


Man read this 'holy book' that Kurt Von alluded to in his novels over at BlueBlack Atlantis

Added by C'BS ALife Allah on August 15, 2008 at 12:37am — No Comments

Ethiopian Space Project (what do you think so far)

It was dawn in the Danakil desert. The sun rose above Erta Ale. Most people thought it was unwise to build a space aircraft launching facility near an active volcano, but other than the volcano the location was perfect. The landscape was mostly flat, and there was only a small local population because it was near an active volcano. The wild life weren’t a problem either. The Ostriches, Gazelles, and African Wild Asses lived as if the space center wasn’t even there.

Though still this would… Continue

Added by william landis on August 13, 2008 at 11:19pm — 3 Comments

The Uses and Misuses of "Inspiration"

This was an article I originally wrote for Christian Fiction Factor but it has some good points that fit spec-fic writers also.



The Uses and Misuses of Inspiration.

Carole McDonnell



“The Lord gave me this idea.”



How often I’ve heard a new writer say this? Often, this sentence preceded great stories. But just as often it introduced writings that were so half-baked I found myself searching for a tactful way to say “Please don’t blame the Lord for… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on August 13, 2008 at 10:15am — 3 Comments

Be a part of my email list for Blaqmermaid Press and the novel, Taste!

Hi all...just wanted to collect emails in preparation for the launch of my debut novel, Taste and my small press's website Blaqmermaid Press. Please message me your email addresses so that I can add you to my mailing list. Along with the novel, I will be running contests/giveaways, and conducting creative writing and self-publishing seminars! Feel free to poke your head around www.blaqmermaidpress.com which will be completed within the coming days. Thanks for your support!



B.… Continue

Added by B. Sharise Moore on August 10, 2008 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

intergalactic games (first story i ever wrote, tried to get it published at mindflights thats why it had so much religon, i know it has quite a few grammar errors but tell me what you think)

Gary stood at the starting line of the 400 meter dash event of the intergalactic games. On the staggered starting line ready to race him were some of the greatest athletes in the universe. This among other variables had him wondering what the hell he was doing there.

In the other lanes stood other beings that differed greatly than those Gary had been accustomed to on earth. First there was a Tigon in the first lane. The mere size of the Tigon intimidated Gary. Tigons were extremely strong… Continue

Added by william landis on August 8, 2008 at 10:20am — 3 Comments

call for submissions--bet black stories

Black Stories

BET J - Documenting the African American Experience

Send in your Docs...



Black Stories is a documentary series that tells the real life stories of

African Americans and their experiences. A showcase of documentaries from

everyday people in and of the Black community.



Black Stories tells diverse and provocative stories of African Americans

that need to be told. In an effort to further document the African American

experience;… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on August 8, 2008 at 9:25am — No Comments

Chicanafuturism


Come on through to BlueBlack Atlantis and learn some about Chicanafuturism and its relationship to Afrofuturism

Added by C'BS ALife Allah on August 6, 2008 at 2:05am — 7 Comments

A selection from THE SERPENT CULT... hopefully out by the end of the year...

PRYA KAYLERA LAKEFOLK



Half way down he saw the shadow leaping at him but being in freefall there was nothing he could do. The collision was powerful, catching him midsection and knocking the wind out of him. The attacker hit him with enough power and momentum behind him to reverse Max’s course. At first he was certain they would both fall all the way to the ground which, considering how high he had ascended the Downhills rooftops already, it would be quite a ways down. His body… Continue

Added by Night Manager on August 5, 2008 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

FEDERATIONS

EDITED BY JOHN JOSEPH ADAMS





From Star Trek to Star Wars, from Dune to Foundation, science fiction has a rich history of exploring the idea of vast intergalactic societies, and the challenges facing those living in or trying to manage such societies. The stories in Federations will continue that tradition.



What are the social/religious/environmental/technological implications of living in such a vast society? What happens when expansionist tendencies on a galactic… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on August 5, 2008 at 9:53am — No Comments

CATASTROPHIA

In Brief:

Allen Ashley will be editing a collection of stories loosely themed around “Catastrophes, Disasters, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction”. Allen is looking for original, unpublished stories which deal in a modern manner with these classic Science Fiction and Social Horror based themes.



Rights and Other Technical Details

We are looking only for original material - No reprints. We are seeking to acquire First British and First North American Rights for your story with a six… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on August 4, 2008 at 10:09am — 2 Comments

Battle Gods


Yeah...more musings over at BlueBlack Atlantis

Added by C'BS ALife Allah on August 4, 2008 at 1:03am — 1 Comment

Praise for the Minister

A few years back, I saw several advertisements for a book with a decidedly unique title: “The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad,” by an author named Minister Faust. It was published by Del Rey Books, and getting heavy promotion. Minister Faust, by all indications, was a black writer and also a Canadian. I’m a Canadian, too, by naturalization rather than birth.



Always on the lookout for new additions to the ranks of black science-fiction and fantasy writers, I quickly got… Continue

Added by Charles R. Saunders on August 3, 2008 at 12:19pm — 1 Comment

A little Experiment

This one is a little hard to understand. I'm experimenting here... trying something new for me. please if you've time, hit me with some feedback, criticism, LOVE or hate.



AWAKENING'S





I feel cold. I'm sweating, I should not feel cold. The room is hot, people are fanning themselves, I've got sweat on my brow, but I feel cold. That's crazy, I'm crazy, and that's why I'm here.

It started with the first snow. That's when I started losing control of my… Continue

Added by Night Manager on August 3, 2008 at 2:55am — No Comments

Library Journal Call for Books for Black history month

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To help libraries prepare for Black History Month as well as support

their ongoing purchasing of multicultural books, Library Journal will

again feature in its November 1 issue works by and about… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on August 1, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Brown Hornet


The Brown Hornet

Added by C'BS ALife Allah on August 1, 2008 at 2:34pm — 5 Comments

Winter Ghost p2

WINTER GHOST P 2

HOWLS



I flinch at the tiny shards of ice that scrape against my face and shut my eyes tight until the wind changes direction. When I open them I see that she has closed her eyes again as well. It’s almost like she’s sleeping. Naked except for her nightgown, her supple form could be lying in plush white bed covers. Radiant skin stands out in stark contrast to the snow. Soft legs rise out like tranquil islands in a white sea, undisturbed by the harshness of… Continue

Added by Night Manager on August 1, 2008 at 2:28am — 1 Comment

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Waltzing Nanoparticles...

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

A nanoparticle "dance pair." The pair were dyed red and green to reveal molecular binding under a fluorescence microscope." Credit: Yan Yu, Indiana University

Topics: Biology, Biomedicine, Cancer, Nanotechnology

Indiana University researchers have discovered that drug-delivering nanoparticles attach to their targets…
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Hailing Frequencies Open...

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

On target: artist's impression of a laser beacon. (Courtesy: MIT News)

Topics: Astrobiology, Astrophysics, Laser, SETI, Space Exploration, Star Trek

A bright laser beacon that announces our presence to…
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Swine, Slop and Armistice...

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

Robert H. Goodwin (June 19, 1925 - August 26, 1999), "Pop" Third Class Petty Officer, US Navy, WWII veteran. Heavy Gunner, Naval Boxer and cook.

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, History

As a United States Air Force veteran, I along with a roomful of others from the Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard were honored at…
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Product Review Updates #6

Posted by Stephen Alexander on November 9, 2018 at 7:30am 0 Comments

Occasionally, I will alert fellow members to product updates by creators I have reviewed in the past year or so. 

  • The conclusion of The Conscious Dreams Saga has finally arrived! You can buy The Sacrifice of Knowing (The Conscious Dreamer Series Book 3) at Amazon today! The first book is also free, BTW. I've been waiting for this for a while (the first book was my #2 favorite work in our club)
  • Some of the Kickstarters advertised in the Black Comics Creators group have made their budgets. Look out for Niobe by Sebastian Jones and Scorpio by John Robinson IV. If you're…
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Deviant Confederates...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on November 9, 2018 at 5:30am 1 Comment

Image source: WREG.com

Topics: Civics, Civil Rights, Existentialism, Politics

(noun): the fact or state of departing from usual or accepted standards, especially in social or sexual behavior.

This commentary is post the…
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Petrol, Wastewater and Membranes...

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

Argonne scientists have invented a membrane (shown here) that, when exposed to sunlight, can clean itself and also actively degrade pollutants. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)

Topics: Atomic Layer Deposition, Chemistry, Green Tech, Semiconductor Technology

Argonne scientists have invented a membrane…
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Lithium Magic...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on November 7, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Drive for innovation: Electric vehicles are a major target for R&D on novel battery materials. (Image courtesy: imec)

Topics: Battery, Chemical Physics, Green Tech

The batteries we depend on for our mobile phones and computers are based on a technology that is more than a quarter-century old. Rechargeable…
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Space Seed...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on November 6, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Interstellar objects like Oumuamua could be the source of life as we know it. ESA/Hubble, NASA, ESO, M. Kornme

Topics: Carl Sagan, Exoplanets, SETI, Space Exploration, Star Trek

Note: Star Trek had an episode titled "…
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#VOTE...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on November 5, 2018 at 5:30am 1 Comment

"You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripple for change." Tim Cook, CEO, Apple, Inc. Brainy Quote

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

I've literally done all that I can do. I've blogged, I've called, I've text messaged, I've given money; I've reminded/nagged/begged. I've also early voted. It's now…
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Nasty Tricks and Tasty Treats

Posted by Thaddeus on October 31, 2018 at 11:51am 0 Comments

"LaShaun, you better not be on the roof again."

"Mom, we're just up here playing Spider and Prey. We want it to look realistic."

"Hurry up and get dressed for Halloween."

"I am dressed. I am wrapped in spider-silk and Frank's going to dangle me from the roof at just the right moment."

"Did you put the lights up?"

"Yes, mom. Remote's in the kitchen."

"What's my part?"

"You don't have a part. You're the Mom handing out candy to innocent children. That is your part. You also get to be technical support. Turn on the lights after I twitch convincingly and then surprise moan."

"Frank makes his menacing hiss and the kids run off screaming into the night."

"No they won't."

"Yeah, Mom, they will. Remember when he jumped…

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