Some of you may remember the State of Black Science Fiction 2012 blog posts and contests from January/February 2012. Well, the participating Black Spec Fic authors have come together again to bring you Possibilities, a FREE digital anthology that opens the imagination to the idea of what Black spec fic/sci-fi can become. The anthology will contain super short stories that are morsels of raw potential. Added to the anthology are innovative digital artwork and more super short stories that offer a creative re-interpretation of Trayvon Martin in Trayvon 2.0. Join artist Winston Blakely and authors LM Davis, Alicia McCalla, Rasheedah Phillips of the Afrofuturist Affair, Abdul-Qaadir Bakari-Muhammad, Milton Davis, Margaret Fieland, Valjeanne Jeffers, Alan Jones, Edward Austin Hall, Nicole Sconiers, Dja Dja N. Medjay, Balogun Ojetade, Alexis Pauline, and Wendy Raven McNair as we endeavor to explore the possibilities of Black SF in the broad ranges of Science Fiction, Paranormal, Fantasy, Steampunk, and more. This FREE digital download anthology will be available in late October 2012.
ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS: GENESIS CHAPTER II
The Black Science Fiction Society Anthology Guidelines
1. Stories must be submitted by April. 31, 2012
2. Word limit: 2000 to 5000
3. Authors retain all rights to stories submitted.
4. Original stories are preferred, but we will accept previously released stories.
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5. Stories must be submitted by the author(s) who wrote them. Stories submitted by a third party will not be accepted.
6. The BSFS Anthology should be an excellent representation of the diverse voices in African American Speculative Fiction. Send us your work that you feel best represents you. We will accept no more than three (3) stories. If sending multiple selections, the BSFS Anthology committee will select the story it feels best represents the author’s work.
7. Submission should be sent word document, doc. format. E-mail documents to: email@example.com. Writer’s documents will remain confidential.
8. Art Submissions needed for full color cover work and interior. Queries with samples 6” wide x 9” tall (trade paperback size) at 300 DPI .jpg, .pdf, .png format or website portfolio links.
9. WRITERS WILL RECEIVE A FREE COPY OF THE ANTHOLOGY UPON PUBLICATION
10. We will equip each writer with sales and promotional material so that you can make your work profitable. Additional books can be purchased by contributors at the discount distributor rate.
GriotWorks, Misty Sol, Sanctuary Wholistic Arts, and The AfroFuturist Affair Present:
************************** AfroFuturism: A Performative Lecture
AfroFuturism: A Performative Lecture will feature six women moderator and panelists who will demonstrate and discuss how their creative work and advocacy work incorporate AfroFuturistic elements, and how they will continue to use AfroFuturism as a tool and mode of expression in future projects.
The panelists and moderator will explore the ways in which AfroFuturism as a culture has emerged to render a portrait of the collective history, the present events, and the future prospects of people of color, where heretofore our stories have been skewed, misrepresented, and diminished in the mainstream social narrative. The panelists will sample from the visual, sensual, and literary pallets of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, horror, and magic, to consider what Blackness means throughout space and time, across the world and through the universe, and what our collective roles will be in shaping the eternally-unfolding future of humanity.
Featured Panelists and Topics include:
Rasheedah Phillips - Rasheedah Phillips, an attorney at a non-profit legal organization, is the creator of the AfroFuturist Affair, a community formed to celebrate, strengthen, and promote Afrofuturistic culture and aesthetic and Black sci-fi through creative events and creative writing. She is currently working on completing her first spec-fic novel, Recurrence Plot. Rasheedah has also had a short fiction piece published in an anthology titled “Growing Up Girl” (edited by Michelle Sewell), and inspirational essays published in Sister to Sister: Black Women Speak to Young Black Women (edited by Beth Johnson) and “Professor May I Bring My Baby to Class” (edited by Sherrill Mosee). Rasheedah will be presenting on Afrofuturism, Black Science Fiction, and memory as a time machine.
Cheryl Durgans - Visual artist and writer Cheryl Durgans plans to briefly outline her interest in the merging of the creative process and Afrofuturist theory, and have an excerpt of her novel read by poet Nina “Lyrispect” Ball. Durgans interest as a writer is based upon her interest in physical and abstract movement as it pertains to survival, and the ever evolving and changing identity of African culture in the Diaspora. Titled Cosmic Comic Book Visions of a Lost and Found Girl in a Grown-ass Woman: Memoir of the Universe, Durgans’ evolving graphic novel examines the concept of identity in the past, present and future. The book tells the story of Universe, formed by God to create all things. God has informed Universe that humans are messing up everything, that if Universe can’t get a handle on her creations, the humans will be destroyed.
Jos Duncan - Jos Duncan is a storyteller and media maker who focuses on using fantasy, futurism and fable in her oral and digital narratives as a means for progressive thought about people of the African Diaspora. Her work includes the writing and producing a series of Urban Fantasy and Superhero plays for children and the recent production of Village: An AfroFuturistic Fable. Jos will share her methods in creating work as a tool for community building and social change. Please visit Jos at www.josduncan.com.
Misty Sol - Misty Sol is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice blurs the lines between art, scholarship, education and mysticism. Her poems, songs, stories, plays, workshops, pictures and sacred objects combine to create an afrofuturist gumbo that smells a lot like dreaming out loud. Misty’s stories have been published in an anthology of young adult literature titled, From Where We Sit. Her latest work for the stage, American Nigga Zoo investigates the relationship between spectacle, captivity and racism. Most recently her work has taken the form of illustration for a children’s book, Little Myrtle, available in Spring 2012. You can find more of Misty Sol’s work at www.mistysol.blogspot.com.
Charlyn Magdeline - Charlyn Magdaline is an interdisciplinary artist, healer and a mother of 3. Her work is allegorical and as she responds to the highly nuanced social issues|constructs that impact us she means to practice her greatest art; alchemy. To articulate and challenge cultural values and perceptions when necessary, and to relay messages of social justice through fostering dialogue among her diverse following, she often uses her own body as a canvas and focal point of her art. Charlyn’s lecture will focus on the concept of creation “myth”|cosmology and will incorporate the reproduction process (birth of a human) partnered with the development of a human body/mind/spirit based on what they experience.
Li Sumpter - Currently a doctoral student in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Sumpter’s research applies archetypal, aesthetic and quantum theories toward understanding humankind’s existential condition in the 21st century. She believes our future trajectory through the multi-verse is fundamentally shaped by collective participation in a mythic paradigm that supports a corresponding reality. In her dissertation, Apocalyptic Soul: Seeing through Image in the Age of End Time, Sumpter examines the impact of apocalyptic art and media on psyche and the phenomenological world.
Afrofuturism: A Performative Lecture will be held on March 24, 2012 from 2pm to 5pm at Sanctuary Wholistic Art Gallery, located at 319 N. 11th St. Philadelphia, PA (entrance on Wood Street). Suggested donation is $5-10. Refreshments will be available.
Genesis Science Fiction Magazine has long been a project that needed to be undertaken. Black people should have avenues to unapologetically share and showcase their thoughts, dreams, and aspirations. Black Science Fiction Society’s flagship publication will stay true to our goal to create, highlight, celebrate and develop black science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy & horror. This publication is bimonthly.
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