Scierogenous II: Spotlight on Valjeanne Jeffers

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The Switch
(from The Switch II: Clockwork)
by Valjeanne Jeffers

Z100 had been a key player in the war that unseated the first rulers, catapulting her to the top class. Because of her role in the coup d’état she, and a handful of other female spies, were immune to these laws.

But if she were to marry this would change. Even taking a lover was risky. She’d heard of wealthy women drugged by men they were sleeping with, waking up to find themselves married. And penniless. The overthrow of the old regime had created a class of ultra-wealthy Tyroleans. The rest became under dwellers —those who lived under the city and earned only enough for food, shelter and oxygen; like her housekeeper Simone2.

Because Z had helped to overthrow the old world, because she worked as a spy to make sure nothing changed, she was hated. She had enemies everywhere—men and women who’d cheerfully murder her to bring down the society she’d helped create.

Z100 sauntered over to her futon, sat down and pushed a button on the underside of the end table next to the couch. The top of the table flipped over, revealing the keyboard hidden underneath. She twirled the dial of her wristband to release a disc and slid it into the front of the keyboard. Z100 tapped the play key. A holograph of a thirtyish black man appeared.

This was H36 a lawyer suspected of being sympathetic to the rebels. As she looked on, the man stepped from behind his desk to meet with a client. She sighed. God, he’s boring… She forced herself to watch for another twenty minutes. He’s clean.

Z reached over and pushed the next button on her keyboard. The image vanished and another holograph took its place: this one of an older white man. Like the target before him, T40 was dressed in tunic and slacks. But he wasn’t alone.

Z’s lips curled up in a tiny smile. This ought to be good.

She pushed pause, got up and went into the kitchen, detouring around her android butler to pour a glass of wine, then made herself comfortable on the futon once more. As she looked on, the target unzipped his jumpsuit and pushed them down. His blond companion sauntered over to his desk, and slipped off her pants. She straddled him, curling an arm about his neck. With her other hand she unzipped her tunic to bare her plump breasts. Moans of pleasure filled Z100’s apartment

Valjeanne Jeffers is a Spelman College graduate, a member of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective, the author of nine books, including her Immortal and Mona Livelong: Paranormal Detective series, and co-editor of Scierogenous I and II. She has been published in numerous anthologies including: Steamfunk!;The Ringing Ear; Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology; Liberated Muse I: How I Freed My Soul; Say it Loud; Drumvoices Revue; Possibilities and, most recently, Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler (winner of the Locus Award and nominated for Hugo Award); Fitting In; Sycorax’s Daughters (nominated for the Bram Stoker Award) and Black Magic Women. Visit her at: http://www.vjeffersandqveal.com

Scierogenous II: An Anthology of Erotic Science and Fantasy edited by Valjeanne Jeffers and Quinton Veal. Contributing authors: Quinton Veal. Sumiko Saulson. Cranston Burney. James Goodridge. Penelope Flynn. William Landis. Laura Elena Cáceres. Valjeanne Jeffers. Copyright 2018 by Valjeanne Jeffers and Quinton Veal, all rights reserved.

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Scierogenous II: Spotlight on Quinton Veal

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Cosmic Storm
(From Cosmic Storm)
Quinton Veal

Our Bloodline Has Returned

Queen your essence, the frequency of your electrical powers
charges me up when it’s the perfect moment to intercourse the
canal to your inner core—to the path that leads to your very soul

Heavenly stars begin to fall— even the moon turns blood red
Cosmic powers from the gods are descending down upon us
Can you hear the ringing sounds— can you feel the pressure
closing up your ears …?

Quinton Veal is a native of East Saint Louis, Illinois, an artist, writer of erotica, the author of six books, including his most recent book, Cosmic Storm (in press) and co-editor of Scierogenous I and II. His art has also been featured in the O.T.H.E.R. S.C.I. F.I. Magazine, and Genesis Science Fiction Magazine Summer Issue 2012, and his poetry has been published in Poetic Gumbo, I Want My Poetry To . . . Volume II, and Hurricane Katrina Couldn’t Break Us. His digital portrait, Queen in Tears, also appears on the cover of the 2014 Fall edition of Reflections Literary and Art Magazine. Visit Quinton at http://www.vjeffersandqveal.com

Scierogenous II: An Anthology of Erotic Science and Fantasy edited by Valjeanne Jeffers and Quinton Veal. Contributing authors: Quinton Veal. Sumiko Saulson. Cranston Burney. James Goodridge. Penelope Flynn. William Landis. Laura Elena Cáceres. Valjeanne Jeffers. Copyright 2018 by Valjeanne Jeffers and Quinton Veal, all rights reserved.

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Scierogenous II: Spotlight on Laura Cáceres

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The Path to Midnight
Laura Elena Cáceres

“You’re late.”

“You didn’t tell me I had to be on time.”

“It’s clear in my profile. I hate unpunctuality.”

“It’s eleven thirty-five, you silly.”

“Don’t talk to me like that.”

“Anyway, you waited for five minutes.”

As he watched the young man condescend to him, he got mad.

“Can I…? There…? A hug…?”

He rejected the advance. The nocturnal cold didn’t help to break the awkward moment. “And here we are …”

The young man hugged him without asking. And this time, there was no rejection. He began to kiss the lobe of his ear and rub his face and cheeks. At first, he didn’t reciprocate, then he gently kissed his neck.

He pushed the young man away and moved two steps back; yet he was still watching him. “I’m uncertain of who you are.”

“Me too. Does it matter?”

“This was a bad idea. I should have left five minutes ago.”

“But you waited.”

“Stop saying that!”

He watched how the young man’s face changed to the expression of someone in a hurry, the eyes moving around everywhere, at all directions, to the clock station, the lights from cars outside, to lampposts with led lights, and ancient lamps.

“You knew what you were coming for; you insisted a lot on that.”

“And on the punctuality.”

“You know this city is a chaos,” he protested.

“Not today; it’s quiet …”

Laura Elena Cáceres was born in 1985 in the Federal District (now Mexico City) lived most of her life in Reynosa, and in her her twenties she decided to travel around the country selling small copies of her stories. She’s travelled to places like Guadalajara, Mexico, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas, her creative paradise. She has worked as waitress, teacher and cashier, but at the same time her passion for writing has always followed her. She likes to read, and daydreams a lot to find a relationship with the world, and tender things.

Scierogenous II: An Anthology of Erotic Science and Fantasy edited by Valjeanne Jeffers and Quinton Veal. Contributing authors: Quinton Veal. Sumiko Saulson. Cranston Burney. James Goodridge. Penelope Flynn. William Landis. Laura Elena Cáceres. Valjeanne Jeffers. Copyright 2018 by Valjeanne Jeffers and Quinton Veal, all rights reserved.

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Scierogenous II: Spotlight on William Landis

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Blind date with Ma’at
William Landis

It happened very easy, though she was a smart
accomplished college girl, a senior at Harris-Stowe.
A sophisticated lady I took her to an art museum
The halls were pretty empty it was after 7 pm.
Walking past a Botero she had something to tell
She wasn’t truly normal, she was born with a veil
She had visions—all the works of art had a tale
She paused and said not all of them end very well

She’d go off in a gaze and get lost in a trance
When she came from it, I said that I wanted a glance
We walked around a corner there was a gold sarcophagus
Suddenly we locked lips she pushed my back to an obelisk
Beside a hieroglyph of Thoth she wanted to show me the truth
Beneath the eye of Horus she knew just what to do …

William Landis is an agriculture extension agent, national guard soldier who writes science fiction, and horror poetry in his spare time. He has been previously published in Scifaikuest, Tales of the Talisman, Scryptic, Star*line, Bloodbond, Niteblade, and the Dwarf Star Anthology. He is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University.

Scierogenous II: An Anthology of Erotic Science and Fantasy edited by Valjeanne Jeffers and Quinton Veal. Contributing authors: Quinton Veal. Sumiko Saulson. Cranston Burney. James Goodridge. Penelope Flynn. William Landis. Laura Elena Cáceres. Valjeanne Jeffers. Copyright 2018 by Valjeanne Jeffers and Quinton Veal, all rights reserved.

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Scierogenous II: Spotlight on Penelope Flynn

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The Transport
Penelope Flynn

“Does it feel warm in here to you?” Qalyse Caine asked as she rolled over atop Commander Nestor Brick, from where they lay side by side in the pilot’s cabin of the local transport ship in orbit over the Epsilon Nine station.

“Nope, but I’m heating up again,” he chuckled as he squeezed her generous buttocks while repositioning himself to take advantage of the engineer’s invitation to a third erotic romp.

“We’ll have to make this one quick,” she whispered against his ear. “Only an hour before the passengers arrive.”

“We’re cutting this close, Qal,” he said, using his taut lean muscle to rock his hips upward impaling her onto his substantial thickness and recommencing the same rhythmic pistoning they had left off only half an hour earlier and had long since established.

Qalyse and Nestor were comfortable with each other. They’d met during their first years in the LAC, the League of Affiliated Colonies, then became and remained fast friends and more.

“Yeah … yeah … yeah,” he panted in time to the rhythm of Qal rotating her snug and sultry sheath around him.

It had definitely been a long time. He couldn’t remember it being so good. He watched transfixed as she arched backward, a position he had never enjoyed in the past, but this time with the undulating hips and the way she bounced and writhed … it was nothing he remembered them engaging in before. The sounds of Qal whimpering and mewling, the sensation of his own blood pounding in time spurred him on. He held off his climax as long as he could, wanting her to hold back and finish him off at the same time.

“Fuck! Fuck!” he bellowed as his body snapped forward, and his hands gripped her hips holding her tight onto his spouting cock. He latched onto the first hardened nipple that sprang into view suckling and teasing it. His cock demanded several more strokes before he was ready to conclude, release the captured nipple and fall exhausted onto the bed. Qal breathed in and out deeply, humming softly, relaxed and satiated. It had been a while since they had spent any quality time together. Even this time wasn’t quite by choice. They were both assigned to a vital LAC mission…

Penelope Flynn is a speculative fiction author and 3D illustrator who enjoys the areas of AfroRetroism and AfroFuturism and who produces mixed genre novelettes, novellas and novels featuring horror, science fiction, erotica and fantasy. Hailing from the Southeast she has travelled extensively, and currently makes her home in the Southwest, where she works on her Renfields Chronicles and other epic creations. Her works can be found at PenelopeFlynn.com and Renfields.us.

Scierogenous II: An Anthology of Erotic Science and Fantasy edited by Valjeanne Jeffers and Quinton Veal. Contributing authors: Quinton Veal. Sumiko Saulson. Cranston Burney. James Goodridge. Penelope Flynn. William Landis. Laura Elena Cáceres. Valjeanne Jeffers. Copyright 2018 by Valjeanne Jeffers and Quinton Veal, all rights reserved.

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Scierogenous II: Spotlight on James Goodridge

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The Artwork III
James Goodridge (excerpt)

A quarter to one in the morning found me in front of a renovated tenement building up in the Sugar Hill section of Harlem, bundled up for this cold winter morning. I asked myself, Is this worth it? For love, devotion and surrender, yes I guess.

But business had to be handled.

After being buzzed in by Tituba, I took the elevator to the sixth floor. Standing in the doorway of her apartment, Tituba had on a long light-multicolored mum with images of black silhouettes of jazz musicians jamming on it. I could see the outline of her body highlighted just enough by the ambient candlelight deep in her living room. Incense of an unknown flavor wafted through out the apartment, African, South American and her own art lined the walls. A Scottish Claymore, as if on guard, rested in a corner next to her sofa. No lap top, tablet, I-pad or television could be seen, just a rotary phone which I found strange just as much as I found the Claymore intimidating.

“Pacon!” she said, as a way of greeting.

“Hello?” I said.

“Kiel vi fartus.”

“What?”

“Twas just greeting you in Esperanto,” Tituba giggled. She helped me out of my coat, and I gave her the wine and a box of herbal tea out of my backpack. But I asked her if I could keep it close by me, for I needed to work on a proposal for an art exhibit. Removing my boots, we settled down on violet colored sofa.

“Hungry, my sugar? I know me am,” Tituba asked me, as she moved closer to me in a cozy position, stroking my dark shoulder-length hair. Some people called me “Nick,” as I favored the late singer part of Ashford & Simpson.

“No, not right now. I was going to say, ‘hungry for you,’ but that’s too corny, don’t you think?” I did not want my obsession for her to show, although I think she sensed it already. I got to block her.

After a couple of glasses of wine, kissing, snuggling, petting and outright foreplay we headed for her candlelit bedroom. The room had a mattress on top of a box-spring in the middle of the room. Religious artifacts lined the wall. In one corner, on top of a small cabinet table, sat a fish bowl with a lone fancy goldfish which I could see was shaking its head “No,” as if warning me…

James Goodridge was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. After ten years as an artist representative and paralegal James decided in 2013 to make a better commitment to writing. He is currently writng a series of short Twilight Zone inspired stories from the world of art (The Artwork) and a occult detective short story, The E.E. Just Affair, that can be found on Amazon.com: amazon.com/author/jamesgoodridge. His work has appeared in BlackSciencefictionSociety.com Genesis Winter 2015 issue, AfroPhantoms.com, Horroraddicts.net, and also in Apairy Magazine #8 2016 (nonfiction essay). You can also hear a interview with Mr. Goodridge on Genesis Science Fiction Radio on YouTube.

Scierogenous II: An Anthology of Erotic Science and Fantasy edited by Valjeanne Jeffers and Quinton Veal. Contributing authors: Quinton Veal. Sumiko Saulson. Cranston Burney. James Goodridge. Penelope Flynn. William Landis. Laura Elena Cáceres. Valjeanne Jeffers. Copyright 2018 by Valjeanne Jeffers and Quinton Veal, all rights reserved.

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Scierogenous II: Spotlight on Cranston Burney

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Domencia and the Magic Juan
(A Fable for Our Times)
Cranston Burney (excerpt)

In a less enlightened time, Domencia Trejo would be called a “madam.” In a way she was sorry she missed those times because she would have relished the note and the notoriety, “proper ladies” looking at her askance with frigid smiles, while envying her freedom, her power her money (which came mostly from their husbands) and all the unbridled sex she was having …

Today, she was just another businesswoman trying balance her books, even though her accountant did all the number crunching and all she actually did was swipe the screens floating in the air in front of her. Everything looked good, except for one annoying outstanding account.

That annoyance would be The Client Known as “Dennis Davidson” (a politician who got a perverse kick out of using that particular nom de sexe). Politicians in particular had to be “careful;” they might not be doing anything more (and often less) than what the people whose votes they courted were doing, but in the hands of an opponent…

Say DD liked getting spanked on the ass. ( As it happened, that was one of the things DD paid for.) Use a wooden brush or a paddle or even a cooking spoon and the Environmentalists were after you because a tree had to give its life to satisfy your selfish pleasure. So you use a belt or a whip, and the Vegans were upset because an animal had to suffer for your… even if it were already dead. So, you used something synthetic, and it’s the Environmentalists again because how much was the Carbon Debt increased?

Domencia’s clients paid her for confidentiality as much as for sex: she was a licensed attorney and psychotherapist …

Cranston Burney, a life-long blerd (and proud of it), used to eat the Sunday comics when he was a kid because the colors looked tasty. (This may explain much regarding how he eventually turned out.) When not staring at a blank Word document he contributes media commentary to the Black Science Fiction Society’s website and is a frequent contributor to Discussions from the Otherhood, the official podcast of the Other_Sci_Fi Magazine. He’s #T’Challa, but Erik did have some good points.

Scierogenous II: An Anthology of Erotic Science and Fantasy edited by Valjeanne Jeffers and Quinton Veal. Contributing authors: Quinton Veal. Sumiko Saulson. Cranston Burney. James Goodridge. Penelope Flynn. William Landis. Laura Elena Cáceres. Valjeanne Jeffers. Copyright 2018 by Valjeanne Jeffers and Quinton Veal, all rights reserved.

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