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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

'Mothership' is beaming up diverse science fiction

A few writers, including Atlanta's Edward Austin Hall, have organized a new anthology of Afrofuturism and other science fiction writing. Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism & Beyond is an anthology of 40 writers making work that doesn't much resemble the science fiction that dominates the mainstream.

Their pitch hits the nail on the head, so, here it is:

When watching a work of science fiction on the big or small screen, people of color often find themselves asking:

"Where did we go?"

"Did some melanin-devouring plague attack all humanity?"

"Do zombies only like the dark meat?"

But that's Hollywood. While studio executives continue to show the world's multi-hued population through its monochromatic lens, the literary field of speculative fiction has become more diverse than ever. Whether it's horror, science fiction, or fantasy, steampunk or steamfunk (and let's not forget sword and soul), writers of color are producing quality works and accumulating accolades and awards every day.

Author Bill Campbell (Koontown Killing Kaper, Sunshine Patriots), poet/journalist Edward Austin Hall (the forthcoming Chimera Island), and artist Professor John Jennings (Black Comix, Black Kirby Project) have assembled 40 extraordinarily talented writers who represent just a part of the changing face of speculative fiction.

Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism is the dynamic, genre-expanding end result.

They're holding a fundraiser on Indiegogo that looks to be on track to be fully funded just in time for the deadline, but you might want to throw a few bucks their way, just in case.

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