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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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The State of Black SciFi 2012: My Tribute to Octavia Butler

Octavia_ButlerWe’re almost at the end of our 7-week online Black History Month event.  It’s been an exceptional experience.  During week six, our topic is all about our favorite Black SF icon.  I’ve chosen Octavia Butler. So much as been written about Butler, I don’t know if I can offer a unique perspective but I’ll try.

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YA Indie Carnival: On How Being a Journal Freak Inspires Alicia McCalla to Create Her Wild Ideas

sidebar.indieSince I was a very little girl, people have always asked me where I get my "wild" ideas for my stories.  Sometimes people meant it in a nice way and other times, well, they weren't so nice. I certainly received that "you need therapy" look more than once. LOL. For as long as I can remember, I have journaled.

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A Black Woman asks if she’s a racist for analyzing Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal stories with race in mind

handcuffed-handsYears ago I would have patted my foot in aggravation if someone asked me if I were racist. In college one of my white roommates, told me that I was racist because I ate dinner with other Black students. Give a sister a break. I just thought that it was plain old foolishness. I used to go into this huge HUGE diatribe about how Black people couldn’t be racist because they were disempowered in government, politics, and business. And furthermore, that because we were disenfranchised, the most I could be was prejudicial because being prejudiced was an individual event. Woa! That's a mouthful. 

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