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Guest Fest: Zachary Jernigan Discusses How Race Frames his Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing

ZJFirst off: Thank you, Alicia, for asking me to write a guest post. I'm encouraged by your enthusiastic response to the recent interview on the subject of Writing About Race in Science Fiction and Fantasy I conducted with authors David Anthony Durham, Aliette de Bodard, Adrian Tchaikovsky, and Ken Liu. I'm also humbled that you'd enquire about my own work.

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Guest Fest: Using Afrofuturism to Re-Examine Our Past By Rasheedah Phillips

RasheedahThe Future is already Here. It’s just unevenly distributed.

William Gibson

 

The word “futurism” embedded in the term Afrofuturism denotes a forward-looking aesthetic or theme that envisions the prospective future of humanity. If popular media, literature, and film are any indication, the images that people typically draw to mind when thinking of the future generally involve either 1) post-apocalyptic scenery 2) highly-advanced technology or 3) interplanetary and outerspace travel.

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Guest Fest: Going Multicultural in a Monochromatic Fantasy World By Kendall Grey

Kendall_GreyI always wondered why most sci-fi and fantasy books were so...white. Reality is not white. It's a beautiful mix of color, ethnicity, culture, and diversity. As a white writer, I obviously identify most closely with characters that look like me, but that doesn't mean I can't include a colorful cast in my novels.

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Guest Fest: Lea Nolan Discusses her Gullah Root Worker in her Upcoming Novel "Conjure"

Lea_NolanThanks so much for having me, Alicia it is truly a pleasure to be here for Guest Fest!

Since this post is supposed to address paranormal and color, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to introduce one of the characters in my upcoming debut, CONJURE, the first book in The Hoodoo Apprentice series.

 In CONJURE, Miss Delia Whitaker is a ninety-seven year old Gullah root worker who lives on St. Helena Island in the South Carolina low country. Miss Delia’s not just any conjurer, she’s the island’s premier hoodoo practitioner and wise woman. When my heroine, Emma Guthrie, her brother and their best friend unleash a wicked flesh-eating curse that threatens their lives, they turn to Miss Delia for help in learning the magic to break the hex.

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Guest Fest: Don’t Judge a Book by its Color By Christine Leo/ Christine Collier

Christine_CollierOnce upon a time, there were two little girls born into two very different worlds. One was from an affluent family who enjoyed summer vacations and regular trips to the orthodontist. Her father was a doctor and her mother was a nurse. She grew up in a nice neighborhood where they owned a great big house with a lovely green yard. When the girl finished high school, she was given a brand new car and her parents sent her away to the college of her choosing, all expenses paid.

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Happy Anniversary!

Happy_AnniversaryI can't believe it's been an entire year! I'm too excited about how much my website and writing career has grown in a year.  I'm thankful for all the love and support that I've received from my readers, indie publisher, and writing buds.

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State of Black SciFi 2012 Youth Symposium Coming May 5,2012

On Saturday, May 5, the Atlanta Black Speculative Fiction Cafe will host a day-long symposium spotlighting science fiction and fantasy as a signature intersection of science, history, technology, and humanistic studies. The symposium will feature scholarly panel discussions involving authors and artists of African descent who will showcase their involvement in their respective genres and […]

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The State of Black SciFi 2012: I heart Onyx Con!

black_scifi_logo_4In the late 1990s, I remember attending a panel discussion of African-American SF authors at Robert W. Woodruff Library in the Atlanta University Center. The panel included my favorites like Octavia Butler and Brandon Massey. It was the first time that I’d ever participated in an event that highlighted a variety of African-American authors in SF. I was elated.

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State of Black SciFi 2012: Giveaways and an Upcoming Paranormal Romance from Alicia McCalla

black_scifi_logo3.1We’ve made it to Giveaway Day! I have two winners! Please congratulate Troy Wiggins and Sherese Francis! Woohoo! They’ll each receive a copy of Breaking Free. Don’t forget that I’ll announce three winners at our Grand Finale Event on February 27, 2012 so keep commenting, tweeting #blackscifi2012 with my twitter handle (AliciaMcCalla), and discussing on FB.

Now on to this week’s post. I’ve been working on an adult paranormal romance with a twist of horror. Of course, it includes a serial killer. My working title is the Soul Eaters.  It will be a Priestess of Mawu Series.

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The State of Black SciFi 2012: Why I Love Teen Dystopian SciFi!

StateofBlackSFLogo2012Let’s talk about the social commentary of teen dystopian literature. What the heck is it anyway? Dystopian literature takes a social problem and extrapolates that problem to a frightening extreme. I grew up reading Ray Bradbury but today’s craze is all about the Hunger Games. Everybody is talking about it and publishers want to find the next one. Teen dystopian fiction sells big but it’s also good. I love dystopian fiction but let me back up a bit. Let me put this in perspective. People step back from me when I tell them that I’m a Native Detroiter. 

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