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Into Africa

Back in the day, when I was calling myself “educating” people about Africa’s place in folklore and mythology, I wrote an article about the continent’s unknown beasts and mythical beings for Dragon magazine. Dragon was published by the people who were behind the renowned Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. I never was a gamer myself, but the article nonetheless had some influence. It was published in the June 1987 issue of Dragon, under the title “Out of Africa.” But I think “Into Africa”… Continue

Added by Charles R. Saunders on July 11, 2008 at 5:57am — 3 Comments

African Fantasy: The Nigerian Edition of Zahrah the Windseeker



At last, the Nigerian edition of Zahrah the Windseeker is available for purchase. The publisher is Kachifo LTD, which has brought the works of so many of my favorite writers to Nigeria, including Sefi Atta, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Ben Okri, , and Chimamanda N.… Continue

Added by Nnedi Okorafor on July 8, 2008 at 8:30am — No Comments

Winter Ghost

WINTER GHOST

All I know of her is her voice, it quietly whispers through the blowing snow, which still falls. Her voice, it quietly calls for help, and cries in pain, drew me from my path and onto this chase through the snow filled streets of Mt. Airy. She always seems to be near, around the corner, behind that fence, just over that hill, but I never draw close enough to find her, never come close enough to see her.

*help*

Again I hear her voice and I twist in the piling snow, my… Continue

Added by Night Manager on July 8, 2008 at 12:52am — 3 Comments

A Summary of first book Pure Blood- followed by an Excerpt

A great division occurred after the creation of the human species. The first division happened when Lucifer, Prince of the Morning chose to defy creation and the Celestial Hierarchy. The second occurred when the Order of the Watchers, chosen to assist the human species defied the rules and engaged with them. The Celestial Hierarchy was made up of several orders, each with different status, positions and task. One of the Orders was the Powers, the Guardians of Universal and Cosmic… Continue

Added by Jeanine Wright on July 4, 2008 at 7:23pm — 3 Comments

Excerpt from a novel I'm currently working on, tentatively titled Visitors to NeoAfrica.

“Those ships are huge,” Von Dellums, Director of Fleet Intelligence voiced in a subdued tone. “How much do you think they mass?” He turned to look up at the very tall man standing beside him.

Robert Mensah, Chief Advisor to the President of the NeoAfrican Federation blew out a thoughtful breath. “Hmmm. I’d say they’re twice the size of a Sofa Class Assault Cruiser. How well armed they are remains to be seen.”

Both men were in a surveillance room inside the Command Complex, a military… Continue

Added by Ronald T. Jones on July 4, 2008 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Two nominations for Wind Follower

I told you earlier that Wind Follower was up for a nomination for the Clive Staples Award. Now I just found out that it's also been chosen as a nominee for the 2008 Pluto award. Nice, uh?





It's the first year for the Clive Staples and the second year for the Pluto. Clive Staples Awards are for speculative fiction books that have… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on July 3, 2008 at 8:07am — 6 Comments

ACTION FIGURE ARRIVED!!

Finally,

Good news on the action figure front. The prototype action figure came in the mail this week. Also, the mold so we can create more here at the shop so God willing, we will have a some available for sale during the holiday season. Hopefully, we will be able to produce the two other characters we want to put out before years end as well. We appreciate all your help and support for this project. It warms my heart to see that people see value in what we are trying to… Continue

Added by TheDigitalBrothers on July 2, 2008 at 12:03am — 4 Comments

An excerpt from my upcoming book, Twilight.

I stared out the forward drop pod window as the planet below expanded from a curvature cutting across our view to a dark, rugged blot. The nearer our descent the closer that blot revealed discernible surface features: mountains, trees, bodies of water, blast craters; swathes of land scoured black by thermal bombardment. Much of those areas encompassed space where population centers once existed.

I soaked in the grim scene, tallying the numbers of dead Vingin in my mind. Reverse thrusts… Continue

Added by Ronald T. Jones on June 24, 2008 at 8:46pm — 6 Comments

Earth Squadron Action Figure Delayed 2 Weeks.

Unfortunately, The action figure prototype which was sculpted in India is being delayed for two weeks. There was an error in shipping which will push the arrival date back 2 weeks. Lord willing, we will have some ready for the holiday season. Once this one is here we plan to make some custom figures for those that have supported the project so far.

Next month we begin development of the enemy characters and then our first female character. This project is a bit ambitious but I am… Continue

Added by TheDigitalBrothers on June 21, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

My Other Blog

Hi,



Just thought I'd share a post I did a couple weeks ago on my other blog. I blog under the moniker "Exquisitely Black", and am a member of the AfroSpear, over at my website: www.myafricandiaspora.com.



Eric and I started this website after tracing our African Ancestry. Anyway, you can check out the blog posting here:…



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Added by Veronica Henry on June 5, 2008 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Earth Squadron Action Figure Prototype Complete.

Earth Squadron Action Figure Prototype Complete.

We plan to make 8 to 10 action figures over the next few years. The prototype of the first figure is now done and almost ready for production. Pray for us. We may just be ready to go to market by year's end. Just in time for Christmas and Kwanza.



If you would like to see the preliminary pics of the main character. Please visit. www.EarthSquadron.com



Every $20 donation is basically a pre-order for an action… Continue

Added by TheDigitalBrothers on June 3, 2008 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Afro-Future Females: Black Writers Chart Science Fiction's Newest

New-Wave Trajectory

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Hardcover: 304 pages

Publisher: Ohio State University Press; 2 edition (May 8, 2008)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0814210783



Afro-Future Females: Black Writers Chart Science Fiction's Newest

New-Wave Trajectory, edited by Marleen S. Barr, is the first

combined science fiction critical anthology and short story

collection to focus upon black women via written and visual texts.

The volume… Continue

Added by Carole McDonnell on May 31, 2008 at 7:28am — 2 Comments

Sarah Caullings Private Journal 4

Why couldn’t it be contained? Why could we not control it? The purpose of the virus seemed so clear to me, yet the way it evolved from host to host made it so complex. We were such fools to think that we could control such an intense for of nature. I was such a fool to think that I could escape fates cruel joke. I was so selfish to allow things to get this far yet blame everyone else for my families fate.



I still remember the day the corpses were brought back from Japan. There was a… Continue

Added by Matt on May 30, 2008 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Sarah Caullings Private Journal 3

If any of my journals are being read, I imagine that I am either dead or under investigation by the United States government as well as many others. I cannot say that the leaving of these journals is any attempt to clear myself of any wrong doing in this specific incident. Rather these journals are my attempt to shed light on a matter that may very well cost the entire population of the world their lives. I am just as responsible if not more so than the virus for the deaths of so many people,… Continue

Added by Matt on May 29, 2008 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Sarah Caullings Private Journal 2

So much death. So many good innocent people now lost because of our misguided actions. This was never meant to cause such a tragedy, but it shall go down in history as the single most destructive event in the history of man. Maybe this is how Judgment Day was supposed to come. Maybe this is the will of God that we have acted out. Man against man, in a battle for supremacy; Darwin's survival of the fittest at its most extreme. No….. this is no biblical prophecy. We get no pass from the death… Continue

Added by Matt on May 28, 2008 at 8:40pm — No Comments

Day Eleven

Day Eleven (revised)



Told you I'd be back didn't I. Just in time to tell you that we have all officially lost our shit. I am not joking, playin around, or bullshitting in any way. We are all officially committable as of yesterday. How do I know this you might ask? Easy, cause I have never laughed so hard in mu friggin life. And I imagine that if you saw a couple of slow walking douches that were trying to eat your face off slipping on cooking oil you'd laugh… Continue

Added by Matt on May 28, 2008 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Day Ten

It's like all we are is flies waiting to get swatted down. The plan somewhat worked, but now we're down three more people. Will gave his life trying to help get the power back on, and April and Cujo have gone A.W.O.L on us. Things are a bit hectic right now so I'm gonna keep this short and sweet.







About two days back when the power went out on us we came up with a plan to get everything back on. We were still using the exercise bikes as back-ups while Freddie finalized his… Continue

Added by Matt on May 28, 2008 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Sarah Caullings Private Journal 1

It's finally happening and I can't stop it. I told them that this day was going to come, but they didn't listen. They've activated their total quarantine initiative but I fear that it is all too late. Though all the tests showed mixed results they went ahead with this….procedure that we shall all pay the final price for. This has cost me so much so far, that I can no longer hold it to myself; this has to get out so that someday someone may now the true story. My name is Sarah Caullings, Quality… Continue

Added by Matt on May 28, 2008 at 8:37pm — No Comments

Personal Journal 2

Personal Journal 2



That fucking Brian and his smart-ass ideas. Ok so the plan worked in getting the others here, but now the powers out. It was delayed a good bit, but I think that's because the shock wave from the blast shorted out a few wires in the line. There may be some shrapnel in the side of one of the boxes outside of here or something. I dunno, but whatever it has us in a world of shit right now.



This Freddie dude use to work for an electric company around here,… Continue

Added by Matt on May 28, 2008 at 8:36pm — No Comments

Day Eight

I love when thing go Boom! The plan that Brian came up with worked like a charm. We loaded the charger up with a ton of propane and aerosol cans and sent it into the abyss of walking douches out front. Cujo and Will popped a couple of rounds into her and that was it for at least a few of them. The other people that were in the rig came barreling through making speed bumps out of the anything else that was in there way and almost leveling the store as well. Mastaff, Freddie and Kizer are there… Continue

Added by Matt on May 28, 2008 at 8:35pm — No Comments

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Tunable Quantum States...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on September 18, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

When the researchers turn an external magnetic field in different directions (indicated with arrows), they change the orientation of the linear electron flow above the kagome (six-fold) magnet, as seen in these electron wave interference patterns on the surface of a topological quantum kagome magnet. Each pattern is created by a particular direction of the external magnetic field applied on the sample.

Image by M. Z. Hasan, Jia-Xin Yin, Songtian Sonia Zhang, Princeton University…

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Textbook...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on September 17, 2018 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Topics: Civil Rights, Diversity, Existentialism, History, Human Rights

Republicans: Founded in 1854 by anti-slavery expansion activists and modernizers, the Republican Party quickly surpassed the Whig Party as the principal opposition to the Democratic Party. In 1860, it came to power with the election of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency. The party presided over the American Civil War and Reconstruction and was harried by internal factions and scandals toward the end of the 19th century. Today, the party supports a conservative platform (from an American political perspective), with further foundations in supply-side fiscal policies,…
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Cynical Capitalism...

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

Image Source: AARP, which up to this moment, I didn't realize was so "woke."

Topics: Climate Change, Existentialism, Global Warming, Star Trek

The home world of the Ferengi species is…
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Apokolips...

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

Image Source: DC Wiki

Topics: Existentialism, Global Warming, Politics

Apokolips is a fictional planet appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The planet is ruled by Darkseid, established in Jack Kirby's Fourth World comic book series, and…
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Florence...

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

At 2:30 a.m. EDT (0630 UTC) on Sept. 11, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite looked at Hurricane Florence in infrared light. MODIS found coldest cloud top temperatures around the eye, as cold as or colder than minus 80 degrees (yellow) Fahrenheit (minus 112 degrees Celsius). Surrounding the eye were thick rings of powerful storms with cloud tops as cold as or colder than minus 70 degrees (red) Fahrenheit (minus 56.6 degrees Celsius). Credit: NASA/NRL…

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Water Worlds...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on September 11, 2018 at 5:30am 1 Comment

In a new study, Asst. Prof. Edwin Kite finds ocean planets could stay in zone of habitability longer than previously assumed. Copyright istockphoto.com

Topics: Astronomy, Astrobiology, Astrophysics, Exoplanet, Planetary Science, Space Exploration

The conditions for life surviving on planets entirely covered in water are…
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Breakthrough...

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

Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered pulsars as a PhD student.Credit: David Hartley/Shutterstock

Topics: Astrophysics, Diversity, Diversity in Science, Nobel Prize, Pulsar, Women in Science

Fifty years after…
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Imperious Manchurian...

Posted by Reginald L. Goodwin on September 7, 2018 at 4:41am 0 Comments

Ferdy on Films - The Manchurian Candidate

Topics: Commentary, Existentialism, Politics

"I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters." Orange Satan,…
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