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Guest Fest: Margaret Fieland Talks Writing Same-Sex Sexuality in YA SciFi

Margaret FielandIn a lot of ways, writing about violence is far more acceptable than writing about sex, even though, IMO, sex is at least as important a subject as violence.

We all know young adults -- some, at least -- are having sex. But what is appropriate in a novel? How far do your characters go, and how far do you, the writer, go in describing it? What are you, as a reader, comfortable reading about?

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What is the State of Black SciFi 2012?

StateofBlackSFLogo2012This week begins an exciting online Black History Month Event. I’m proud to both remember and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s achievements and to open this awesome discussion on the State of Black Science Fiction 2012. This 7-week blog hop will feature some extraordinary authors who will share their feelings and estimations on Black speculative fiction. Did I mention that there will be giveaways?

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Celebrate Black History Month Online: State of Black SciFi 2012 Coming Soon!

StateofBlackSFLogo2012I'm so excited to participate in a discussion about the State of Black speculative fiction with a few of my writer friends.  During the next seven weeks, we'll participate in a blog hop or blog tour where we all give our opinions on issues surrounding this interesting topic.  I'm hoping that this online event will become something that we do each year during Black History Month.

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Guest Blogger: Margaret Fieland Discusses Her Dark Skinned Aliens

Margaret_FielandI'm a way back sci fi fan, but until I started planning "Relocated" last fall, I'd never written any, so partly to get myself past my "sci fi" block, I decided to write a sci fi novel for 2010 NANO.

In my YA sci fi, "Relocated," the main character, 14 year old Raketh (Keth) Frey is an Aleyni/human mix. Aleynis are dark skinned, gray eyed, aliens with psi abilities. In the Terran Federation, use of psi is illegal, and relations between the Aleyni and the Terran Federation are strained at best.

Why dark skin? Well, I wanted my aliens to look distinctive, and I liked the idea of casting against type and making the dark skinned guys the good guys. Plus that's just how they looked in my head.

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