The world has changed…I feel it in the water…I feel it in the earth…I smell it in the air…
—Fellowship of the Ring
A little more than nine months ago band of authors and artist came together to discuss the State of Black Sci Fi and advance awareness about emerging authors and artists working in this genre. We came together from across the nation, forming a fellowship, if you will, intent on changing and challenging perceptions and misconceptions. We thought our time together would be brief, but it has turned into a journey that has taken us places that we never even imagined.
Quite a bit has happened in the past 10 months. Our humble band moved offline to visit libraries and institutions of higher education. We even presented at the world renowned—or at least American renowned—Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA over Labor Day weekend. All of our presentations have drawn large and truly diverse audiences—the Dragon*Con panel was standing room only (hopefully we will be in a bigger room next time). That, more than anything, signals the hunger for these conversations and stories. With each blog post and then with each conversation, we taking some small part in changing the sci-fi fantasy world, continuing in the footsteps of literary ancestors like Butler, Banks, Delaney, and Dumas.
We started the year thinking about the possibilities and with each milestone we reach, new possibilities emerge. In that spirit, today we collectively release Possibilities, the official State of Black Sci Fi 2012 Anthology, which is a series of flash fiction stories created to conclude our inaugural blog hop.
Check out the description below and then head on over to Smashwords to download (it’s free—Yay!). Also, check out the rest of the fellowship and their reflections on this year.
Possibilities: A State of Black SF Flash Fiction Anthology
Margaret Fieland, Author– lives and writes in the suburbs west of Boston, MA with her partner and five dogs. She is one of the Poetic Muselings. Their poetry anthology, Lifelines http://tinyurl.com/LifelinesPoetry/ is available from Amazon.com Her book, “Relocated,” will be available from MuseItUp Publishing in July, 2012. The Angry Little Boy,” will be published by 4RV publishing in early 2013. You may visit her website, http://www.margaretfieland.com.
Valjeanne Jeffers, Author — is an editor and the author of the SF/fantasy novels: Immortal, Immortal II: The Time of Legend and Immortal III: Stealer of Souls. Her fourth and fifth novels: Immortal IV: Collision of Worlds and The Switch: Clockwork will be released this spring. Visit her at:http://valjeanne.wordpress.com and http://qandvaffordableediting.blogspot.com/
Alicia McCalla, Author- writes for both young adults and adults with her brand of multicultural science fiction, urban fantasy, and futurism. Her debut novel, Breaking Free will be available February 1, 2012. The Breaking Free theme song created by Asante McCalla is available for immediate download on itunes and Amazon. Visit her at: http://www.aliciamccalla.com
Carole McDonnell, Author–She writes Christian, speculative fiction, and multicultural stories. Her first novel is Wind Follower. Her short fiction has appeared in many anthologies and have been collected in an ebook, Spirit Fruit: Collected Speculative Fiction. Visit Carole: http://carolemcdonnell.blogspot.com/ orhttp://writersofcolorblogtour.blogspot.com
Rasheedah Phillips,Author–is the creator of The AfroFuturist Affair in Philly. She plans to debut her first spec/sci-fic novel Recurrence Plot in Spring 2012. You may catch her ruminating from time to time on her blog, AstroMythoLosophy.com.
Nicole Sconiers, Author-is also a screenwriter living in the sunny jungle of L.A. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, and she recently published Escape from Beckyville: Tales of Race, Hair and Rage. Visit her: http://nicolesconiers.com/index.html
Balogun is author of the steamfunk novel Moses: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman and the fantasy novel Once Upon a Time in Afrika. He is screenwriter and director of the action film A Single Link and the steamfunk film Rite of Passage: Initiation. On his website,ChroniclesOfHarriet.com, he discusses steampunk and steamfunk.
Wendy Raven McNair is the author of Asleep, Awake, and Ascend (WIP), a young adult fantasy trilogy about teen super-beings. Her stories celebrate African American teen girls. McNair has a B.A. in English from the University of Texas and is certified in Graphic Design (WendyRavenMcNair.com).
Edward Austin Hall writes journalism, poetry, and fiction. He serves as host of Eyedrum’s monthly literary forum, Writers Exchange, and as an organizer of Eyedrum’s annual eXperimental Writer Asylum (a part of the Decatur Book Festival). His writings about comics and comics creators have appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Code Z: Black Visual Culture Now, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography. His forthcoming first novel is titledChimera Island. See more at EdwardAustinHall.com.
Alan Jones is a native Atlantan, a former columnist for the Atlanta Tribune, and a Wall Street consultant. His brand of science fiction blends fanciful characters and scenarios with generous doses of philosophy and social commentary. His book, To Wrestle with Darkness, is available at most major retailers.