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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. Links are allowed and encouraged. I only remkve links to malicious web sites or those posted by spammers.
  3. 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...
  4. 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.
  5. 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! 😊
  6. 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
  7. I do, and thank you for taking the time to mention it.
  8. 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!😊
  9. 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!!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. I am currently reading Fledgling by Octavia Butler. I saw Samuel Delaney speak he is a brilliant thinker and writer. He wrote Dhalgren
  17. Not a clue! But as a sci-fi/paranormal writer it helps me tackle problems in the abstract that I can’t solve using logic and reason. In fact, i started writing supernatural/sci-fi prose because it helps me to understand human behavior and the natural world.
  18. I think science fiction fosters our imaginations and, like poetry, greatly expands the manner in which stories can be told. This is important to all readers not just the Black ones. Black readers may not have the great body of work, and awareness of what is available as other groups may have, but that is where platforms like AALBC come in 🙂
  19. I was introduced to science fiction and fantasy by my college English instructor who was trying to lure me from a chemistry major to an english major. It didn't work, but it sparked my love for science fiction and fantasy and eventually my writing career. Other Black people I've met were brought to the genres by Octavia Butler's stories. Now a new generation is being inspired by the Black Panther movie, Tomi Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bones and a new crop of Black indie science fiction and fantasy writers that have emerged on the scene over the past 10 years. But why should science fiction and fantasy be important to Black readers?
  20. Thanks, Troy. Better late than never! We appreciate the support.
  21. @Milton I used your quote in the newsletter I'm mailing in the morning. Yeah I know it is November.. but I've been busy 🙂 At any rate I've categories most of the book I have on AALBC using the BISAC codes and hyper linked your message as shown below: “It's Black Speculative Fiction Month! This month we celebrate the Black Fantastic by supporting our creators and their events throughout the Diaspora! If you've never read a Sword and Soul, Steamfunk, Afrofuturism, Africanfuturism, African Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Horror book or graphic novel by a Black author, this is your month. I encourage all my friends to read, support an author by writing a review, attend a Black Speculative Fiction event, share a book, event, and/or an author with friends. This is our month, so let's celebrate!” —Milton J. Davis There are over 4,600 BISAC codes defined (yes I counted them). I would you believe there are no categories for Afrofuturism, Sword and Soul, or anything African (the list of codes is American centric). I've taken to creating my own codes so that I can categorie these books and make them easier for readers to find. The challenge for authors is discovery. The lack of stores, websites, magazines, media coverage, make the discover of book very challenging today. I most people I talk to have ever heard of N.K. Jemison. @Valjeanne Jeffers, I believe I have all your books (physical) on the site: https://aalbc.com/authors/author.php?author_name=Valjeanne+Jeffers
  22. I just finished Victor LaValle's novella "Lucretia and the Kroons" which is like a prequel to "The Devil in Silver." It is the story of a 12-year-old girl who lives with her mother in an apartment building in Queens, NY. No mention of a father but there's an older brother that lives on his own. Anyway, we meet Lucretia as she prepares to celebrate her 12th birthday with a party. Long story short, things don't go as planned since she invited "mean girls" from her class and then has to tell the "whores" to get out after they make fun of her. She ends up celebrating with her mother - with a look towards the future to celebrate when her best friend "Sunny" is stronger. Sunny is suffering from cancer and about to succumb to the effects of chemotherapy Sadly, things don't get much better. We, the readers, do learn how Lucretia wound up in the psychiatric unit of New Hyde Hospital with the protagonist "Pepper" a 40-something day-laborer. One thing I'm loving about LaValle's writing is he makes me fear to turn the pages of the books he has written.
  23. I was correct "The Devil in Silver" did get under my skin. In fact, as the book nears its climax - I actually cried real tears and woke up the next morning with puffy eyelids. Here's what I tweeted to @victorlavalle in response: " When I met LeClair, I cried. Just like in the air duct, I didn't know where it was leading. Then I was like, "wow, this is how it feels to experience a moment of genius." "I was blown away...To say "pivotal" is an understatement [in reference to the climatic ending] - I had no words. Just tears. " Lavalle is a brilliant storyteller. Full Stop. As I mentioned, I decided to buy this book in 2012 at @Troy recommendation here on AALBC. I have no regrets. I'm thankful he introduced me to this author.

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