Today is Election Day! I’m so excited about the possibilities that this day brings. Not only have I already “early voted” for my favorite candidate but I have the wonderful opportunity to share the release of the long-awaited SOBSF flash fiction anthology. Before I share the details about the anthology, I wanted to share my views about the State of Black Science Fiction 2012. What’s even more amazing is that the other authors in the anthology are sharing their views so don’t forget to hop over to their blogs and read their opinions. Here’s my observations:
Last January, the SOBSF group launched a 7-week long blog hop where we discussed our ideas, loves, and shared our work with readers. It was an enlightening experience. I enjoyed learning more about the other artists and authors. Since that time, our group has grown into a movement. We have mobilized around Black science fiction and can boast about the creation of our FB group where authors and readers connect to talk about all issues surrounding Black speculative fiction. Some of the discussions interesting and others are heated but it’s all in love of the genre.
The SOBSF 2012 group has been incredibly busy. We’ve had a host of events but here are some notable ones:
Georgia Tech University Panel Discussion
Dragon Con Panel Discussion was standing room only
I’m so proud of this group’s accomplishments over this year. I’m really excited about being the Acquisitions Editor for the SOBSF Flash fiction anthology. Possibilities has been a lot of work but well worth it. Here’s the description:
Possibilities: A State of Black SF Flash Fiction Anthology
State of Black SF authors have created a flash fiction anthology that opens imagination to the idea of what Black speculative fiction can become… What’s the flash fiction prompt? A mystical bracelet. Specially created Black SF images along with the 500-word super short stories are morsels of raw potential. Join artist Winston Blakely and authors L.M. Davis, Milton Davis, Margaret Fieland, Edward Austin Hall, Valjeanne Jeffers, Alan Jones, Alicia McCalla, Balogun Ojetade, Rasheedah Phillips, Wendy Raven McNair, and Nicole Sconiers as they endeavor to explore the possibilities of Black SF in the broad ranges of Science Fiction from Paranormal to Steampunk. Readers will see the immense possibilities of Black SF.
Introduction by L.M. Davis
“Opening” by Edward Austin Hall
“The Mathematical Genius” by Alicia McCalla
“Color Blind” by Alan Jones
“Possibilities” by L.M. Davis
“Amazon in Atlanta” by Milton Davis
“The Eternals” by Wendy Raven McNair
“Soulless Cargo” by Balogun Ojetade
“Ouroboros Rising” by Thaddeus Howze
“The Family Circle” by Rasheedah Phillips
“Set Him Free” by Valjeanne Jeffers
“Neck Less” by Margaret Fieland
“The Scarlet Bracelet” by Nicole Sconiers
“Closing” by Edward Austin Hall
Remarks from the Editor by Alicia McCalla
Stop by Smashwords and download your free copy today. If you can, please leave a 4 or 5 star review, like the book’s page, and FB/Tweet our launch information. We’re using #blacksf2012 or #blackspeculativefiction.
We’ll premium distribution within the next few weeks so check for Kobo, Nook, Kindle, iBookstore editions soon.
If you have thoughts about this year’s events, drop a comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts.