Posts tagged Science Fiction
Posts tagged Science Fiction
Pictured above: 3/4 of the Metropolarity.net founding crew guest reading from the Journal of Speculative Vision and Critical Liberation Technologies at the Roots + RIver Philly x Femme Dreamboat Zine-a-Thon
Unpictured above: Founding Member Alex Smith of Laser Life
Submit Philly-tainted speculative visions to the journal at email@example.com
Check out those Just Seeds posters on the wall in the first photo. We carry those! They’re good ones. You can get them right here.
The AfroFuturist Affair is a proud crew member of the Metropolarity 215 SciFi Collective. We are taking submissions for Ep. 2 of the Journal of Speculative Vision and Critical Liberation Technologies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In light of one of the largest school closings in American history, closings that disproportionately affect poor children of color, Brick & Mortar: A Sci-Fi’ed Imagining of Education creates a multimedia sci-fi art exhibit imagining the future of education in Philadelphia, featuring submissions from the students themselves. Metropolarity.net offers a recap of the gallery opening.
A one page zine containing radical fiction by Numar Ahmed, a member of the Philly Student Union
For better or for worse, I am often spoken of as the first African-American science fiction writer. But I wear that originary label as uneasily as any writer has worn the label of science fiction itself. Among the ranks of what is often referred to as proto-science fiction, there are a number of black writers. M. P. Shiel, whose Purple Cloud and Lord of the Sea are still read, was a Creole with some African ancestry. Black leader Martin Delany (1812–1885—alas, no relation) wrote his single and highly imaginative novel, still to be found on the shelves of Barnes & Noble today, Blake, or The Huts of America (1857), about an imagined successful slave revolt in Cuba and the American South—which is about as close to an sf-style alternate history novel as you can get. Other black writers whose work certainly borders on science fiction include Sutton E. Griggs and his novel Imperio Imperium (1899) in which an African-American secret society conspires to found a separate black state by taking over Texas, and Edward Johnson, who, following Bellamy’s example in Looking Backward (1888), wrote Light Ahead for the Negro (1904), telling of a black man transported into a socialist United States in the far future.
Blog piece on the use of slavery in sci-films Children of Men, Blade Runner, and The Matrix
Sometimes a hero’s got to break a few eggs to make an omelet, or, you know, brainwash some kids to fight the Matrix.
#6. Morpheus in The Matrix Fights Against Slavery, Has an Army of Child Soldiers
Think about it — when Neo is recovering from getting his brain unplugged from the robots’ Dream Machine, Morpheus explains to him that he and his fellow rebels “never free a mind once it’s reached a certain age. It’s dangerous. The mind has trouble letting go.” Zion evidently doesn’t subscribe to the teachings of En Vogue.
Basically, Morpheus is saying that adults tend to have trouble letting go of the Matrix (this becomes a major plot point when a member of their team betrays them for the opportunity to get plugged back in). So they recruit kids, because kids are more impressionable, more willing to take up an idealistic cause, and more pliable — they can be handed weapons and told to kill something without asking too many questions. They are then tossed into a world of violence and strife and told that their lives can have only one path (death to all robots). Which is slavery. Which is the thing Morpheus is supposed to be fighting against.
We guess its supposed to be satire, given that its cracked.com and all, but we found this to be a shallow analysis of Morpheus’ role in the film. However, given the lens of the film, and the controversy around who originated the ideas in the film, we could understand how a non-Afrofuturistic or Black-centered analysis of this film could yield such an interpretation. We would love to read (or write) a more Afrofuturistic interpretation of the Matrix in the context of the controversy surrounding Sophia Stewart’s involvement.
Also, here is an interesting article that posits Morpheus as a “magical negro” in the film, and explores other sci-films which make use of slavery in the narrative: http://www.kintespace.com/rasx45.html
“The Black Tribbles join with Gabriel Bryant of G-town Radio’s Stepping Into Tomorrow and Rasheedah Phillips of the AfroFuturist Affair to present original tales of afrofuturism from some of the genre’s upcoming and brightest stars. Musical landscape provided by DJ Aura of G-town Radio’s Places and Spaces.”
OCTAVIA CITY PART 1 [LISTEN]
RITES OF PASSAGE by Balogun Ojetade
GRANDMERE’S SECRET by Valjeanne Jeffers
TAKING WING by Rorie Still
GROWTH by Warren Longmire
HOW THE CARTERS GOT THEIR NAME by Tenea Johnson
OCTAVIA CITY PART II [LISTEN]
SUNSHINE PATRIOTS by Bill Campbell
CULLING THE HERD by Carla Stephens
DEBRIS by Kiini Ibura Salaam
HOUSE OF HOLOGRAMS by Alex Smith
THE CONVENTION by Rasheedah Phillips
In light of the Philly School District’s announcement to close 23 schools this year and chop many more into achievement networks to be managed by public and private groups, we ask:
What will our education system look like in 5 years? In 10? 15? 20+?
What will it be like to be a student in the future? A parent? An educator? What will our city be like as these changes are implemented?
Brick and Mortar Arts is calling on creative visionaries to respond to these questions for an exhibition of sci-fi themed art and performance pieces. Submit your drawings, poems, paintings, collages, skits, maps, musical pieces, sound-scapes, fabric & fiber pieces, prints, sculptures and more that imagine what a future Philly looks like. Please interpret this broadly, we are looking for the utopian, dystopian and everything in-between.
If you are interested in submitting work, please email email@example.com and tell us the medium you plan to work in. Questions are welcome too! Deadline for submissions is Saturday, May 4, 2013. Art will be hung at The Soapbox, Philadelphia’s Independent Publishing Center. Opening night of the exhibition will be Friday, May 17, 2013.
Stay tuned to hear about workshops and art-making days leading up to the deadline!
Nichelle Nichols - On Blaxploitation and Breaking Barriers (by reelblack)
From the Reelblack vault comes this exclusive clip of actress/singer/author NICHELLE NICHOLS from the press room at the 2008 EAST COAST BLACK AGE OF COMICS CONVENTION in Philadelphia, PA. Journalist RAYMOND TYLER asks Ms. Nichols about working in film during the Blaxploitation era and the role her character LT. UHURA played in advancing the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.
HIDDIGO is based in the Arawelo Galaxy, one of the few independent systems not yet subjugated by the Cosmic Emperor Algamesh II. The latter through arms-embargoes and sanctions has managed to weaken the solar kingdom of Yam Yonemlin ruled by the young Queen Ashkiro. The Emperor sets in motion the necessary resources to make a fast conquest, but from within deep of his own empire rises an ambitious Prince of a long lost rebellious Kingdom that was vanquished centuries before. Others soon follow in his footsteps, and the Queen begins to understand the battle for freedom is not yet lost.
Robert Pruitt’s solo exhibit Fun With Your New Head is on view at General Audience Presents in Miami through April 27th. General Audience Presents, is a project space presenting exhibitions that encourage a discourse between the Miami arts community and emerging and mid-career contemporary artists. View more of Pruitt’s work in the archives.
Artist Robert Pruitt was born in Washington DC, but currently lives and works in Houston TX. He makes drawings and sculptures about the complexity of black identity by combining contrasting signs and imagery of disparate Black influences and aesthetics. He layers Science Fiction, Hip Hop, comic books, and black political and social struggles into layered portraits of his friends and community.
Trailer for the trailblazing Black Science Fiction Society’s Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction 1. Please support the works of 25 Black Sci-fi writers!
Today is the Day for the #octaviabutler celebration. Tune in to the live stream - 5 PM (2 PM Pacific Time) http://bit.ly/162Zeo0.
Check it, Here is the schedule:http://bit.ly/102GgtR
(Pictured: Butler reading a book in 1975)
“In order to rise
From its own ashes
—Octavia Butler, Parable of the Talents
Health means I probably can’t participate, but signal boost. From the little I know, final judge Sheree Renée Thomas is awesome :)
It’s for entries of 6000 words or less, previously unpublished, deadline is June 20th, further rules at the link!
Note there is a $30 entry fee to this contest. If you want to enter and can’t afford it, please message me? I can help a couple people, and if more people need help I can (health allowing) put together a post asking for donors.
I am also willing to help with the entry fee!
Ragazine.CC is offering a $1,000.00 prize for the best piece of speculative fiction completed by a person of color in 2013. They will begin accepting electronic (e-mail) entries dated on or after March 20, 2013, and on or before June 20th. The winner will be announced in September; the prize includes publication in Ragazine.CC. Second and third place selections also will be published in the same or subsequent issues of Ragazine.CC.
The final judge for the contest is Sheree Renée Thomas, an author and the editor of the Black speculative fiction collection “Dark Matter.”