Scierogenous II … In print!

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Scierogenous II: An Anthology of Erotic Science Fiction and Fantasy is now in both print and eBook!

The Scierogenous II Anthology has landed with a collection just for readers with a taste for erotic science fiction and fantasy. Catch a virus with a delicious effect on its unsuspecting crew … Meet cyborgs who mesh with willing hosts … travel alongside a werewolf and vampire with a taste for blood … and each other. These and other sensuously twisted tales are waiting for readers in Scierogenous II. Take the journey; it will blow your funky circuits.

Contributing Authors: Sumiko Saulson, Cranston Burney, James Goodridge, Penelope Flynn, William Landis, Laura Elena Cáceres, Quinton Veal and Valjeanne Jeffers

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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 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 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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Scierogenous II: Spotlight on Sumiko Saulson

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The Mysterious State of We-Ness
by Sumiko Saulson
Angelo’s Birth (excerpt)

The medical uses were numerous. The machines monitored your heart rate, your blood pressure, your blood sugar, and put you on life-saving diet and exercise regimes. They adjusted your tastes in food so you no longer craved the salt that raises your blood pressure or the sugar that made your grandmother diabetic. Electronic caregiving We-bots were popular among the elderly and the disabled. They were as sociable as a nurse and as affectionate as a cat. In fact, cat was a popular form for the MediWeBot. Imagine a talking feline who answered the door for you if you weren’t feeling up to walking down the hall? After a while, people started attaching the MediWeBot to their feline or canine companions.

It was not long, of course, before the sexually functional versions of these human-meat-and-silicone-chip bots were created. The erotic companion would slide in and out of the mind of its host human, discovering his or her most secret and craved fantasies. I know some people joke about the erotic models, calling the male models B.O.B. or Battery Operated Boyfriend after the old joke for vibrator.

I am not ashamed of my personal tin man. His name is Angelo, because he looks like an angel to me when his face flashes under my face. I can see him there, laying under my skin, holographic overlays, and his long, slender blue-black fingers like gloves over my shorter, plumper mahogany ones. He draws himself over me, and holds me with arms of my own. Now it might sound creepy to some, letting an electronic man control your body. But he knows how to control it, if you know what I mean! He sure can give a hand job, and he knows how to rock an orgasm when we’re going solo, with or without an additional prop. No vibrator is necessary because he can manipulate my body from the inside.

Just one thing is starting to bother me about him.

It’s how he acts towards Peter.

Peter is my friends with benefits. Not saying that our relationship isn’t satisfying, because Peter is really the man when it comes to knowing how to satisfy a woman in bed. Peter is stocky like Horus with caramel skin, long wavy hair, and soft, pouting lips below a narrow mustache. He spends most of his spare time at the gym, and it shows. His rock-hard abs and his firm, round bottom bring to mind an athlete, not a business man. He packs a lot of heat in the bedroom, he’s well endowed, and he knows how to use it. It’s not just wham bam thank you ma’am with him. He takes his time with kissing, touching, deep tissues massages that leave me feeling like every muscle in my body has been reborn. If he wasn’t who he is, maybe we could have something serious…

Sumiko Saulson is a cartoonist, science-fiction, fantasy and horror writer, editor of Black Magic Women and 100 Black Women in Horror Fiction, author of Solitude, Warmth, The Moon Cried Blood, Happiness and Other Diseases, Somnalia, Insatiable, Ashes and Coffee, and Things That Go Bump In My Head. She wrote and illustrated comics Mauskaveli, Dooky and graphic novels Dreamworlds and Agrippa. She writes for the SEARCH Magazine. The child of African American and Russian-Jewish parents, a native Californian and an Oakland resident who’s spent most of her adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit Sumiko at: www. SumikoSaulson.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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Fantastic Books I’ve Edited Week II: Once Upon a Time in Afrika

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This week I continue my blog series “Fantastic Books I’ve Edited” with a spotlight on Author and Editor Balogun Ojetade and his fantastic novel: Once Upon a Time in Afrika.

What I can I say about Once Upon a Time in Afrika? Read. This. Book. You’ll thank me later. Once Upon a Time in Afrika is a wildly imaginative ride full of rich, vibrant characters, sorcery, African mythology, and mad cool battle scenes. This is one of those novels that I wished (while editing) that I was curled upon a sofa with, instead of sitting in front of my pc. Of course that didn’t stop me from enjoying it. But then, Brother Balogun Ojetade is one of my favorite authors and he never fails to deliver.

So, without further fanfare I present an interview with Balogun Ojetade.

Q&A with Author Balogun Ojetade

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Who is Balogun Ojetade?
He is an author; a father of eight children; a husband; a Steamfunkateer; a filmmaker; a screenwriter; an actor (sometimes); a master instructor of indigenous Afrikan martial arts; a creator of role-playing games and a traditional Afrikan priest. Oh…and he always spells “Afrikan” and “Afrika” with a “k”.

When did you first get into science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction?
When I was two years old – my sisters decided to conduct an experiment and see if they could teach their two year old brother to read by getting him hooked on comic books, starting with Thor, Superman, Beetle Bailey, Archie and the Fantastic Four. Their experiment worked and I have been in love with speculative and imaginative fiction ever since.

Tell us about Once Upon A Time In Afrika
Once Upon A Time in Afrika is my Sword and Soul novel. For a definition of Sword and Soul, I will quote the subgenre’s founder, the incomparable author, friend and Jegna (“mentor”), Charles R. Saunders: “Sword-and-soul is the name I’ve given to the type of fiction I’ve been writing for nearly 40 years. The best definition I can think of for the term is ‘African-inspired heroic fantasy’. Its roots are in sword-and-sorcery, but its scope is likely to expand as time passes.”

Here’s what Once Upon A Time In Afrika is about: Desperate to marry off his beautiful but “tomboyish” daughter, Esuseeke, the Emperor of the powerful empire of Oyo consults the Oracle, which tells him that Esuseeke must marry the greatest warrior in all Onile (Afrika). To determine who the greatest warrior is, the Emperor hosts a grand martial arts tournament, inviting warriors from all over the continent. Just a few of the warriors chosen are her lover, Akin, who enters the tournament in disguise, a wizard seeking to avenge the death of a loved one and a vicious dwarf with shark-like, iron teeth. Unknown to the warriors and spectators of the tournament, a powerful evil is headed their way and they will be forced to decide if they will band together against the evil, flee, or confront the evil as individuals.

Why are Science Fiction and Fantasy important to you?
I learned just how important Science Fiction and Fantasy is after spending several years as an English and Creative Writing teacher in the public and private sectors. In conversing with other English teachers, I often asked them if they taught creative writing in their classes. Most did not. One teacher told me that she tried “that creative writing stuff” with her students, but quickly gave up on it and returned to a more“practical syllabus.” Upon further investigation, I discovered that she believed creative writing – particularly Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy – to be something outside – and, indeed, beneath – the instruction of English.

Most educators of English / Language Arts focus on the mechanics of the subject – how to read and write, rules of grammar, use of verbs, adverbs, adjectives, pronouns and nouns and sentence comprehension – without the context of why and how those mechanics are used by students to express themselves.

Yes, we need to teach the mechanics – how to hold a pen; how to read; how words work – but we should not confuse use of a thing with understanding of it. Training in the mechanics of writing produces writing technicians; however, it does not make you a writer. So, you know how to spell; you can answer questions on grammar; you can repeat someone else’s literary criticism of a text – you are a technician. You can fix my text as a garage mechanic can fix my car. The garage mechanic can’t design a car. They can’t improve a car. They can’t build one from scratch. They can only ever work on someone else’s car. This is why we – and our children – need to read and to write Science Fiction and Fantasy – so that our children do not only work on other people’s texts; they create and build their own. So they are not limited to just reading a story written by someone else and providing a report on it – they are out there in the field, experimenting with new stories and questioning old ones…if only for the reason that they can.

We need to teach our children to go out into the world to add to the pantheon of human creation and endeavor, not to dissect the words of long dead men. Science Fiction and Fantasy are best suited for that.

What type of research goes into bringing one of your stories to life?
Tons of research…on the history; on the setting; on the culture and belief system of the people I write about. If we are going to write Steampunk and our story is set during the Victorian Era (between 1837 and 1901) and we want to avoid the cultural appropriation so prevalent in Steampunk, then it is necessary that we know history; that we understand how the Age of Steam was, so that we can determine how it should have been.

If we cosplay a “Steampunk Squaw,” we should research how First Nation women lived during the Age of Steam; we should study First Nation cultures and choose in which nation we are going to gain historical and sociological expertise; we should research the word “squaw”, understand it is an offensive term to First Nation women and change the name…if you give a damn.

And that is what research is: giving a damn. So I do it…a lot.

Contact Valjeanne Jeffers for editing and cover art at sister24moon@gmail.com

Valjeanne Jeffers is the author of eight science fiction/fantasy novels, and she has been published in numerous anthologies. Purchase her novels at www.vjeffersandqveal.com and Amazon

She is co-owner of http://qandvaffordableediting.blogspot.com with poet and artist Quinton Veal. Contact Valjeanne for editing, and/or cover art at: sister24moon@gmail.com her reasonable prices will shock and amaze you 🙂

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