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The State of Black Science Fiction is a club for those who read, create and enjoy science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, horror and afrofuturism books created by and about Black people of African and the African Diaspora

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  2. @Troy OMG! Yes, most stories written by black authors aren't free of another ethnic group's influence. This is why I don't read most black books and rarely watch black dramas. And no, I haven't seen Black Panther - but I did watch Netflix's "Raising Dion." Some parts were "laugh out loud," and I did appreciate the message. But mostly, in either medium, we as an ethnic group are reactionary instead of responsive to our environment. When I read, I look for someone I can relate to in the pages or screen. My personal struggles rarely, if ever, have to do with racism. Although I subscribe to "intersectional feminism" beliefs, it hasn't been my struggle either. In fact, being a black woman has afforded me more opportunities than if I were a regular white man. So when I read or watch thrillers, mysteries, horror, sci-fi - it's usually written by a white man. Although I've recently found Film producer Ben Watkins, Victor Lavalle, two men who identify as black, which both speak to me on several levels.both speak to me on several levels. I think because they both write strong ass, black women, with an agency in their films and stories. I'm also looking forward to reading N.K. Jemisin. But I digress, white men have different struggles but struggles that most black people face in addition to racism, misogyny, sexism, etc... So, I read them to learn how to solve conflicts that exist outside of the "ism" schism. So yes, please battle other conflicts that are also pertinent to our existence on this big blue marble. We've spent 400 years fighting racism... I'm not sure I want to escape into a book that also battles it too.
  3. This is interesting discussion. I think the writer should make his or her decision about how to use his/her voice. Some writers just like to tell an exciting story. And I think sometimes we get sick of the struggle and just want to be entertained. And that's okay, For me, personally, I try to make a statement and entertain folks. But, in a lot of my writing I focus on global struggles that affect everybody (my Immortal series). Pollution, for example, wouldn't be labeled a "black struggle," but it affects black folks just the same -- and sometimes worse if it's in a poor neighborhood. In my Mona Livelong series, I have touched on racism, but it's an alternate world which I for me makes it easier to write about. And I explore it with my characters ... there's always a reason why a villain is a villain. Funny thing, I never make these decisions before I start writing-- they just jump into my head.
  4. Absolutely not. Imagine a world in which Black people operated completely free of racism, oppression, and prejudice -- Even the world of Wakanda included crazy white people trying to steal technology or butt in... White people do it all the time, they tell their stories entirely free of, or influenced by, anyone else. We rarely do it. I think it would be the ultimate form of protest literature.
  5. Guess I should have been more specific. 🙂 I meant the Black struggle, as in racism and discrimination.
  6. Tlou Thapelo Tubz Ramatlhodi. He's from South Africa but currently resides in California.
  7. Hi @Milton can you complete this form so that I can ad the book to AALBC: https://aalbc.com/content.php?title=Submitting+Your+Book+to+be+Listed+on+AALBC Who is the artist?
  8. Well if there is no "struggle" @Milton, what would be the point of it? What story, Black speculative fiction or otherwise, does not have struggle or some form of conflict?
  9. No one can doubt the rise of Black Speculative Fiction, Afrofuturism or whatever you deem to call it. However, there seems to be a trend where most of these narratives seem to revolve 'The Struggle.' Should this be necessity for Black Speculative fiction, or should it incorporate all aspects of speculative fiction?
  10. Preorder your book today! Release date: March 2, 2020 Take a space bakkie ride to Cape Town to encounter aliens, Africans in space, gender bending shamans, and enchanted waters. Set in post-Apartheid South Africa, no fiction collection is complete without a story or two about Nelson Mandela with an Afrofuturistic twist. Feminist and womanist, Colin Cloud Dance's strong African women characters create a new South African future. 'Colin Clouddance’s Cape Town Curios is a collection of stories which transports readers into the heart of South Africa. These are Urban Fantasy tales of the weird, the supernatural, and even the alien... In short, Clouddance’s Cape Town Curios is an Afrofuturistic collection which I highly recommend. -Valjeanne Jeffers, Author of the Immortal and Mona Livelong Series https://www.mvmediaatl.com/product-page/cape-town-curios https://www.amazon.com/Cape-Curios-Colin-Cloud…/…/ref=sr_1_1 https://books2read.com/u/m0OgDA
  11. Links are allowed and encouraged. I only remkve links to malicious web sites or those posted by spammers.
  12. I started reading some stuff from Nicole Givens. For now it seems ok. https://nicolegivenskurtz.com/ (Sorry Troy, if links are not allowed, please feel free to remove them, and big apologies from me). This weekend I will read All or Nothing, by Preston Allen (although it is not the kind of genre I am looking for, I will give it a try). I will (hopefully) post (my first) reviews...
  13. Hey @Dak I see you already discovered The State of Black Science Fiction club here on AALBC all is needs is some participation. Sometimes you have to help create the thing you want. Here are some sci-fi authors to check out @Valjeanne Jeffers is on the list. You can chose related categories to find even more. Here is a list of Black book sites, some maintain blogs that may be wirth checking out: https://aalbc.com/booksites/ Here is a list of Black blogs: https://aalbc.com/blogs/ Admittedly it is a neglected portion of the site, but you might find something there.
  14. Hi Dak, I'm an AA science fiction author. My fiancee Quinton Veal also writes SF/Afrofuturism. Here's our site: www.vjeffersandqveal.com For just our anthology: Scierogenous: An Anthology of Erotic Science Fiction and Fantasy And my audio book: Immortal III: Stealer of Souls Hope you find something you like! 😊
  15. Hi everyone, I was trying to find some info on African American book blogs (I am interested in science fiction mostly) and I found your site through https://blog.feedspot.com/african_american_book_blogs/ The reason I am looking for this kind of forums/information is that I would like to get recommendations and share experiences on that. I am mostly into scifi books , from best sellers like Cixin Liu's Three Body Problem trilogy and Children of Men to pulp fiction from BV Larson and Baxter's (I really enjoyed Moonseed some 15 years ago; I gave it another try recently and it has aged really well) ... and I was wondering if there are any African American authors out there that you would recommend Your input is much appreciated Dak
  16. I do, and thank you for taking the time to mention it.
  17. I'm going to do a marketing campaign through you Brother Troy. I love your site, and I bet you reach a ton of readers!😊
  18. I'm so glad that authors are beginning to get sick of Amazon. Perhaps it will break their hold on the Indie author industry, Yes, you can buy my books from: www.vjeffersandqveal.com I just added ebook links too.😊 Thanks!!
  19. Is there a direct link on your site when one can get sent to buy your book? I can add it to the buy link too. Unfortunately some authors don't understand the market place and are ardent supporters of Amazon. But I'm beginning to see this change -- fortunately.
  20. Troy, It has indeed been a battle to get our titles off Amazon. I've removed some and so has Quinton, but then a number of print titles popped back up last week. I have a contact person at Barnes & Noble, so I'm hoping to get our books in print into B&N stores. I'm going to use my attorney to make sure my Audible titles don't renew. Amazon has made millions from Indie authors, but they don't respect us. And they don't pay us what we're worth -- if they pay us at all. We sell print books from our site www.vjeffersandqveal.com I'm hoping in the coming year we can convince readers to buy from us.
  21. You can't pull you titles off Amazon. Amazon will just sell them through 3rd parties who pop up like whack-a-moles. I don't normally include Kindle only titles on the site -- unless an authors pays to have me add them. The reason is because It re-enforced Amazon's monopoly on eBooks. I'll write up a short article once I finally cut the cord with Amazon. I don't plan to renew my Prime account either. Let me know how you make out removing your titles from Amazon. Maybe once you do this I'll drop my Amazon links. I really wish Libros and B&N would step up their game though. Libros is new so I get it, but B&N's, who was first out the gate with an online bookstore executed terribly. Maybe if more people do what you doing we can have a chance.= to end Amazon;s stranglehold over the sale of Black books Check out this letter to Amazon's Audible on The Tattered Cover Bookstore (a great store BTW) in Denver: Dear Audible, I feel torn writing this, because we’ve had so many good times. We’ve been through so much together. I really mean that. Remember that road trip to Minneapolis, where we drove through the night, and you helped keep me awake? And those early mornings at the gym on the elliptical with the sounds of my favorite authors and stories? I will always cherish those times. I want you to know that.
  22. Brother Troy you are awesome!!😎 Thank you so much!! I recorded it at home. Next time I think I'll try to rent a studio.)I used FindawayVoices for remastering and sale. They sell through a lot of vendors (like Libro). So, far they seem to be okay. Authors can sign up to use them through Smashwords or directly from their site. https://findawayvoices.com/ I opted to read my book myself. Narrators are expensive and who knows my characters better than me? BTW: I can't stand Amazon either. Right now, Quinton and are working on moving all our titles from Amazon to Barnes & Noble and it's like pulling teeth.
  23. Hi @Valjeanne Jeffers tanks for sharing information about your audio book. I just added it to AALBC and have also included a clip. You have a nice voice. Where did you do the recording? How did you get you audiobook onto Libro? Where did you up load it? If I get enough sales I'll going to create an audiobook bestsellers list if make AALBC your default store on Libro I'll be able to track the sales I refused to upload Amazon's Audible titles on my site -- indeed I'm consider dropping all my Amazon links -- but that is another story.
  24. Hi Troy, I just got an email that AALBC is selling audio books on Libro! I released an audio book of Immortal III: Stealer of Souls last year. The audios of Immortal I & II are on amazon. But Immortal III is closer to my heart because I narrated it myself. When things calm down, I'm going to narrate another one of my novels. I hope it's alright if I post the link to the Immortal III audio book here 😎 https://libro.fm/audiobooks/9781509486809-immortal-iii-stealer-of-souls
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