Steamfunk! is my first encounter with the genre. Like all anthologies I have ever read, some of the stories appealed to me while others did not. No wonder really, considering the span of genres. Steamfunk is a US-centric collection of stories that love their steam. I keep on wondering to what extent steam could be an energy source. There are some ideas here that I have not seen before.
According to Balogun Ojetade the Steamfunk! anthology came about because:
The Steamfunk anthology came about from a conversation that I and several authors had online about the lack of Steampunk stories told from a Black / African perspective. We all agreed we would create an anthology in which we would tell such stories. Author Maurice Broaddus suggested we call it Steamfunk and author / publisher Milton Davis agreed to publish it.
They chose the correct person to illustrate the cover. Marcellus…
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Indie author Valjeanne Jeffers Skyped in to participate in our cyberfunk panel at Pandoracon last month. Midwest BSFA recently talked to her about her nerdom, her writing career, and operating in predominately-white, predominately-male genres.
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Yesterday another black man was shot down in cold blood. His name was Alton Sterling. I’ve seen pictures of him smiling while holding his children on his lap, oblivious to the fact that he wouldn’t be there when they grow up.
I’ve read some horrible things written by some very insensitive people. I’ve heard rumors that he was a convicted felon, a sex offender, and that he was resisting arrest. I watched the video on CNN of his son literally breaking down into tears and I sat at the table and cried for his loss. I still have not been able to watch the full video of his murder because I feel like I won’t be able to get the images out of my head.
All day I’ve been playing back a conversation in my head that I had with my (then) 5 year old son. I told…
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Call for submissions to Scierogenous: An Anthology of Erotic Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Quinton Veal and Valjeanne Jeffers. Graphic depictions of sexuality are okay, so long as it isn’t porn (use your best judgement); and the depictions are science fiction and/or fantasy. We will accept submissions of art, fiction and poetry. Submissions should be no longer than 10,000 words. The deadline for submissions is February 29, 2016. The anticipated publication date will be May 31, 2016. Contributors will be paid with one copy of the anthology. Please email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with Scierogenous in the subject line.
Sugar Hill: A Blaxploitation Gem
by Valjeanne Jeffers
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