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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: Laura A. H. Elliott Talks About Writing Latinas and Mariachis

Laura_ElliottWhen fear’s as blind as love, how far would you go to find your happily ever after? Winnemucca is a story about a teenage girl’s enchanted road trip to her true self. The main character, Ginny, is Latina but has grown up in a largely non-Hispanic culture. Nonetheless, she is drawn to the cultural roots that run in her blood and her road trip is a means of allowing that part of her to blossom. In this excerpt from Winnemucca, Ginny is on the road with Las Rosas Rojas y Adoradads, a group of mariachis:

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Visited the Afro-Futurism Exhibit at the Tubman Museum in Macon, Georgia

Alicia_at_Tubman_Museum_in_MaconMy husband and I visited the Riffing on the Real: Afro-Futurism in the Arts Exhibit at the Tubman African-American Museum in Macon, Georgia. It was an easy drive from metro Atlanta to Macon.  The exhibit was wonderful.  We thoroughly enjoyed it.  The subject of Afro-futurism encompassed various motifs like sci fi, fantasy, futurism, comics as well as other art and artifacts from African masks to contemporary or visionary art. It was a true sci fi experience.

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Check out the Book Cover for Alicia McCalla's Breaking Free: Book Launches February 2012

I'm so excited.  I've been fast at work on my rewrites and deep edits for my novel Breaking Free.  I'm also totally in love with the book cover from Graphic Designer Eithne Ni Anluain. She did a terrific job on XJ's book cover. It's exactly the image I had in mind.  I absolutely love the […]

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Interview with Trisza LeAnn Ray: RWA’s 2011 Golden Heart Winner in Paranormal Romance

Trisza_Leann_RayTrisza, I was so excited to see an African-American win in the Paranormal Romance category. I cried along with you at Nationals. Thanks so much for agreeing to interview with me. I’m totally excited. 

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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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Guest Blogger Deleyna Marr: It's All About POV. The Need to Write Multicultural SciFi.

Deleyna_web_2I do not believe I am a racist. And yet I can make thoughtless comments, be oblivious, be hurtful without realization or intent. Like when I offered a hairdrier to a black friend. Hey, I thought I was being helpful. Forget color-blind. I can be down-right blind.

I don’t classify people by race. Why? I grew up with parents who were from the deep south. They would whisper things like, “well, he’s black...” as if that would explain something. Those comments made me ill. I grew up in Silicon Valley in the middle of the dot com boom. My early jobs were so multi-cultural that to me the world was a rainbow. I tour guided at a museum that drew international tourists and tried to learn phrases in as many languages as I could.

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Kudos to Rick Riordan for Creating Multicultural Characters in the Kane Chronicles

Red_PyramidMy great friend Roschell Thybulle recommended that I read the Kane Chronicles. It's a wonderful YA series written by Rick Riordan the creator of Percy Jackson.  I have to give Mr. Riordan kudos for taking the time to create Carter and Sadie Kane, two biracial children who are descendants of Pharohs.

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White Authors Fear Being Called a Racist: When Inclusion is Done Wrong

white_man_with_a_prejudice_blindfoldSome authors of Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal stories get race all wrong and the work that they produce is seen as racist.  I'm one of those people, though, who hold back on the "R" word until I completely read the entire work. So, when a book came across my desk, I gave pause.

 

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