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"the devil in silver" by Victor Lavalle.  

I just started it so please no spoilers (smile).  

This is my first title by Lavalle - so I'm just getting to used to his style.  We meet the  protagonist "Pepper" as he is being escorted to a mental institution in Queens, NY.  He allegedly got into a fight with a man who was attacking his neighbor - (the man was his neighbors  ex-husband. It appears he has a crush on her.) When the plain clothes cop arrived on the scene he started fighting them too. 

Now, he is being admitted to the institution for a 72-hour observation.  In addition to being locked up with no way to contact an attorney or next of kin - he's already beginning to possibly hallucinate.  He thinks he's heard and smelled something snorting that smells like sulfur.  One of the cops heard and smelled it too.  But the cop left as soon as Pepper was admitted.   


Looks like this one is going to get under my skin. 

 

 

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I'm reading Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier -- which I'm sure does not surprise anyone here 🙂  I just finished reading, 

Raisins in Milk by David Covin and interesting story based upon his family. I also in the middle of Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo”  by Zora Neale Hurston, which is out online book club pick.    

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I love science fiction so I'm always ready to read a decent science fiction novel written by a Black person. I will be frequenting this section for interesting reads.

 

" Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier" sounds like a good read, but this should be common sense, especially when it comes to Black people. I don't understand the behavior. Of all people, Black people seem more addicted to Facebook than anyone else. Then complain about the level of activity on Black social networks. Like, hello, maybe it's because you are all on Facebook! LMAO! Speaking of science fiction, the behavior here would be a great script. I'm sure the author could have a lot of fun with that concept. It would probably be more like sci fi comedy.

 

More comedy... did anyone know that Facebook has been caught red-handed using the data they collect on their site, to not only discriminate against Black people on their website, but also discriminate with housing. It's like Black people purposely sign up to an FBI website to be further discriminated against! I don't have the words to describe whatever is going on. But the irony is that's where you find tons of information that is supposed to empower Black people. LOL The contradiction is too much!

 

I wish someone could explain the behavior to me. Just about any Black website I attend is like a ghost site. Even though Black Planet is a white owned site, I sure miss those days when that was the spot. Sentimental I suppose.

 

Has anyone read from a Black sci fi author who writes about an alien invasion? I would love to experience an alien invasion from a Black author's point of view.

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Hey I'm sorry I missed the fact that this was The State of Black Science Fiction club -- my bad.  I'll stay on point next time 🙂

Hey I'm sorry I missed the fact that this was The State of Black Science Fiction club -- my bad.  I'll stay on point next time 🙂

 

That said @NubianFellow, regarding getting rid of social media; (1) is not common sense, people really don't know what is happening and if they do know the implications of what this means are lost on them and; (2) social media is addictive (think cigarettes or crack) -- people can't live without their handheld devices.

 

People have written in a humor way about the impact of social media.  Now getting back to science fiction; have you seen Black Mirror. They had a brilliant episode, of not too distant future, where people rate each other on all interactions -- not too far fetched, because we are doing this today:

 

 

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I'm currently reading A Plague of Shadows by Gerald Coleman. It's the second book in his 'The Three Gifts' series, sword and soul epic fantasy written in a style similar to Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. It centers around his character Bantu and his private army known as The People's Company. Very good epic fantasy and a dense read.

A Plague of Shadows

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