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Happy Valentines day everyone! I’m proud to announce that my scifi romance novella Rocket Romance is available for pre-order today on Amazon

I have a goal that I’m trying to achieve with my novella. I want to break into the top 100 ranking of the romance science fiction sub category on Amazon.

My book only cost $1.00 even if you cant buy it sharing this post will be a big help! Thank you!

azlouise  asked:

I'm a black writer of sff and I'm feeling really discouraged because I can't find a community of other black folks writing similar stuff. Do you have any advice or recommendations on this topic? I'd really appreciate it!

Building a Community for Fellow Sci-Fi/Fantasy [Black] Writers of Color 

Build it and they will come. Sometimes when you can’t find the community you’re looking for, you have to create it.

The Small Details

  • If you’re going to do the preparations in starting a community, made sure you’ve got a place to meet, like an unoccupied classroom, a library room, coffee shop, a closed group page, etc.
  • It’s important to figure out what you want from this community. Is it for exchanging writing and providing constructive criticism? Sharing your woes? Helping each other with publishing resources? A little bit of it all? Again, gather ideas of what people want from the club and set your sights small then expand as you can handle.
  • Be prepared for the time and labor that comes with it. It may be a labor of love, certainly, and comes with many benefits, but if time is tight, do assure you can scoop up adequate time to dedicate to such a group before starting. Perhaps frequency of meeting will be monthly or bi-weekly vs. weekly. Also, get help if you need to, like a backup or co-chair. You don’t have to run the whole show.

Starting a writing community

Start an online, or local community for Black Science Fiction/Fantasy writers. It may be easier to start aiming at a specific community and gaining traction there, vs. say gathering folks in the whole state.

Places to start a community:

  • For an online community, there’s website such as Goodreads, Tumblr, Facebook, Reddit, other forum sites…
  • If you’re in school and it’s allowed, starting a group within the school is a start, or just advertising it as a separate from school deal while welcoming your community as fellow students as members.
  • There’s also your neighborhood and neighboring ones, and expanding with need or if you have the capacity.

Getting the word out:

  • Advertise your group in the right places, when appropriate/allowed. Such as Diverse SF/F forums on Goodreads, libraries, free bulletin boards, or buying a small classified space.
  • On that last point, if you’ve got a community newspaper that is “friendly” towards diversity, see if they would want to write a story about your group. You may have to have one established first, but an article would definitely help build traction.
  • Additionally, It might be useful to gather interest before making any big decisions. See if folks would want to join this community and give them a contact email to reach out and express their interest and what they’d want from the community if they’d join. 
  • If it’s an online community you’re building: you may have to be a bit of a spammer and namedrop your community website and details when appropriate and welcome. You could also do this on online pages for local places, but again when allowed and where it’ll be welcome and not annoying.
  • Social Media Recommendations: 
  • FiyahLitMag is speculative fiction for Black writers. If you use Twitter, perhaps you should start following Black writers you meet via these connections. -Jess 
  • There’s also a Twitter account called Blerds (Black nerds) that might be a resource as well. -Shira

Search harder.

  • The group you’re looking for may already be out there and you just haven’t found it yet. It’ll be easier to join than start one. Get creative and persistent in your search terminology and flip through forums and websites with active communities.
  • Have you tried Meetups.com or similar meetup forums and sites? Are you looking at the community boards, local classes being offered? (Note: Meetup might also be a good place to post and organize your club)
  • If you’re not interested in starting your own thing, you may decide to be more open to SF/F communities that are for Writers of Color and add that into your search too. There’s likely to be Black authors within the group if you still wish to connection with mainly them, too.

I know there’s more helpful advice out there on starting a writing community than I can provide, so give some more searching a go. Good luck!

~Mod Colette

At some point, we all need to take a plunge into the great unknown.  Release from the bounds keeping you rooted in place, and grow and achieve.

I would also add that you need to know something about building wings before taking the leap.  Learn and grow, but also plan.  For those who leap without preparation will fall to the ground, kicking and scrambling.  Take a calculated risk, and take the leap.  Just be sure you know how to build wings before jumping. 

man, when you think about it, scientology is fucking surreal

like, some third-rate science-fiction author decided to start a religion and not only did it not immediately fizzle out, it went on to become arguably the most prominent cult in the history of the US

it’s like if chuck tingle decided to found a political party and it went on to become an independent nation

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Authors Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi recently stopped by Google. Watch the event here.

bbc.co.uk
BBC - Seriously...10 Women Who Changed Sci-Fi
Profiling some of the finest female science fiction authors.

“As the Radio 4 documentary Herland examines how science fiction tackles ideas of gender in future worlds, we present a selection of great female authors who have radically altered the genre… “

See the list here, including:

- Mary Shelley

- Ursula K. Le Guin

- Octavia E Butler

- Margaret Atwood

- And more!

what we learned about Pax from Pierce Brown

1. He is the Kool-Aid man
2. He would BE the couch at a party
3. He is a walking, talking Clifford the Dog incarnation
4. Pierce didn’t plan to kill him
- he drew every name (except Mustang&Darrow) from a hat to choose who to kill
5. Pierce didn’t want to kill him
6. He was supposed to meet Ragnar and be like “ :O”
7. There was a whole plot for him and his trust in power and the dangers of blind faith

Bottom line: Pierce literally decided to kill him and erase the whole plot he had for him because his name was picked out of a hat.

The Freedom Writers

Become acquainted with the following consciousness expanders:
Alan Watts
Terrance Mckenna
Timothy Leary
Albert Hoffman
Ken Kesey
Tom Wolfe
Kurt Vonnegut
Charles Darwin
Henry David Thoreau
Walt Whitman
Robert Frost
Ernest Hemingway
Hermann Hesse
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Mark Twain
E.A. Poe
T.S. Eliot
C.S. Lewis
Kant
Krishnamurti
Nietzsche
Franz Kafka
George Orwell
Aldous Huxley
Tom Robbins
William S. Burroughs
Jack Keuroac
Hunter S. Thompson
Carl Sagan
Tesla
Asimov
Robert A. Heinlein
Phillip K. Dick
H.G. Wells
Douglas Adams
Manly P. Hall
Buckmaster Fuller
Marcus Aurelius
Blaise Pascal
Plato
Socrates
Aristotle
Pythagoras
Descartes
Kierkegaard
Voltaire
Goethe
Seneca
Epictetus
Epicurus
Confucius
Zeno
Heraclitus
Heidegger
Jean-Paul Sartre
Albert Camus
William Blake
William Butler Yeats
Carl Jung
John Keats
Jules Verne
Albert Pike
Victor Hugo
Leo Tolstoy
Marcel Proust
Noam Chomsky
Howard Zinn
Bertrand Russel
Emma Goldman

et al.

Octavia Butler (1947-2006) was a famous and prolific science fiction writer. She was the first science fiction author to receive the MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “Genius Grant”.

Some of her most famous works are Bloodchild and Parable of the Sower, for which she received Hugo and Nebula Awards. In 2000 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Writing from the PEN American Center.

Young Adult Books with Black Protagonists

Orleans by Sherri L. Smith

After a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever, the Gulf Coast has been quarantined. Years later, residents of the Outer States are under the assumption that life in the Delta is all but extinct… but in reality, a new primitive society has been born.

Fen de la Guerre is living with the O-Positive blood tribe in the Delta when they are ambushed. Left with her tribe leader’s newborn, Fen is determined to get the baby to a better life over the wall before her blood becomes tainted. Fen meets Daniel, a scientist from the Outer States who has snuck into the Delta illegally. Brought together by chance, kept together by danger, Fen and Daniel navigate the wasteland of Orleans. In the end, they are each other’s last hope for survival.