(Original post by Balogun Ojetade)
(Original post by Kai Leakes)
Now, The City: A Cyberfunk anthology. I'm always looking for ways to test myself in the fantasy/scifi genre and "Free Your Mind" was that test. It started out as me joining a post on Facebook in the State of Black Science Fiction group. That post mainly was about writing small shorts shaped around specific sci-fi images we found, it then turned into this awesome project that I was lucky enough to be a part of. "Free Your Mind" tells the story of a Runner Iset with a unique mission and her dear friend/protector Orion. In their, fight to protect a missive she will struggle with her past and present in order to free the minds of many.
I wasn't sure how I was going to go with this story. I knew that with everything I write, I like to add a touch of romance, or sex and this one I did that. But outside of that, I was writing in an incredible world set in the future, doing things I had no idea if they would make sense. I hoped to educate a little and add a lot of action to the piece. In it all it challenged me to the point that I'm still nervous about it. I'm excited to share it with you all, but like any writer, I'm nervous. Iset is a rebel and you'll learn that in the short piece I wrote. I was able to write with a fellow contributor and we had a ball. D.K. Gaston's character is featured in my story, so for those who enjoy his short and want to see more of his character, check out mine. We both bounced off each other and linked our story in an exciting way.
With all of that, please make sure to grab both anthologies. I've been busy and I hope that my work translated into something entertaining.
This blog is also now part of a blog tour for The City, so visit my fellow participants and see how they created their stories and world as Citizens. Also, please support this effort especially due to the fact that there are not that many women acknowledged in sci-fi writing. This novel features a few women like myself and we all need your support.
The City will be available as an e-book via Amazon, Barnes and Noble (Nook) and Kobo on September 25th and as a paperback at MVmedia (www.mvmediaatl.com) and wherever books are sold by October 15th.
Visit fellow Blog Tour Citizen's:- Milton Davis's Blog (Story: Knowlege)
- Zig Zag Claybourne 's Blog (Story: Move)
- Balogun Ojetade's Blog (Story: The Verdict)
- Jeff Carroll's Blog (Story: Dreamer's ReCall)
- Ray Dean's Blog (Story: Washed Pure, Washed Clean)
- D K Gaston's Blog (Story: Man With No Name)
- K. Ceres Wright's Blog (Story: Mission: Surreality)
- Ced Pharaoh's Blog (Story: Edge Of Innocence)
(Original post by ZIG ZAG CLAYBOURNE)
Energy = Mic-dropped Squared
is watching the watchers.
The City. Alive. Teeming. Whirling through the unknown cosmos carrying the descendants of heroes, villains, poets, and revolutionaries. Carrying us. A diaspora spread across species, tech forms, and a living, sentient world. This is a special project on many levels. It’s the largest MMO “game” black speculative fiction has seen yet, taking 18 visions and making it one world. Fiction, artwork, music, energy, blended as surely as Parliament merged universal fabrics into funk.
Welcome to the Future. CyberFunk.
This is a project I was proud to join. This isn’t bubblegum dystopia, these stories are riffs on Earth’s current major chords. Overpopulation. Love. Systemic corruption. Exploration. Hope. Resilience and truth. Identity when the gene pool is a constant swirl of wonder. The City represents stories that actually want to say something to the world in the way that good science fiction should demand it be said: with an eye toward a better life under truthful skies.
But if your first thought is “Blacks as a major presence in space?” – maybe this isn’t the bus you’re looking for. This is The City, not The Burb. Still here? Cool. There’s work to be done. Livin’ just enough for The City won’t do. Knowledge Lateef can’t do it all.
You've got 18 warriors spitting words at you. My contribution is entitled Move, for as we know, funk not only moves it can remove.
Energy equals mic-dropped, squared.
The City anthology will be available as an e-book via Amazon, Barnes and Noble (Nook) and Kobo on September 25th and as a paperback at MVmedia and wherever books are sold by October 15th.
Ready to wander the streets of The City? Lose your Tell at https://www.facebook.com/groups/cyberfunk/
The City: A Cyberfunk Jazz Session (Original post by Milton Davis)
It began as a random thought in the middle of the day. I was sitting at my desk during lunch when words popped into my head.
‘The City. No one knows how it began or when it will end. No one knows how we came to be here, 20 millions souls, 1500 different species all crammed together in plascrete and biosteel. No one’s been in or out of the city in 20 centuries. Some have their theories why, some don’t care. But no matter who you are, or what you are, you have a story, don’t you? The trick is finding someone that cares to listen…’
As I normally do I posted the statement on The State of Black Science Fiction Facebook page. What happened next is an example of why I love writing so much. A writing improv session began, with different writers adding words to the narrative and supporting those words with artwork. At some point it was inevitable, The City would become an anthology.
Balogun Ojetade (http://chroniclesofharriet.com/) gathered the thoughts then organized them into a manifesto, creating an outline of the city and it’s wide range of characters. We shared the document with everyone then put out the call. In the beginning I worked to make the stories follow a specific path, but then I decided to drop that idea. I wanted to keep the same jazz-like improvisational vibe we experienced at SOBSF. So I took the stories as they came, accepting every story as the writer submitted them. Every story. Some writers collaborated, joining the stories of their characters, some wrote stories about the same characters. The result is an anthology containing a wide variety of interesting stories that stretch the boundaries of what some people call Afrofuturism, but what we choose to call Cyberfunk.
But it doesn’t stop there. The City is a multi-sensory experience. Edison Moody and Natiq Jalil added their amazing artistic skills to the project, creating amazing images for the anthology. Otis Galloway, a DJ from the UK inspired by the improv session, created mixtapes reflecting the moods and emotion of this mysterious urban space. It’s a project unlike any I’ve worked on and it’s a project that you’ll enjoy experiencing. For the next week you’ll read about the development of The City from its ‘Cityzens,’ the artists that have brought this world to life. Get ready. The City will be available as an e-book via Amazon, Barnes and Noble (Nook) and Kobo on September 25th and as a paperback at MVmedia (www.mvmediaatl.com) and wherever books are sold by October 15th. Welcome to The City. I hope you enjoy your stay.
Minnie and Shanna, the teenagers Joe saved from a life of crime and drugs in Lost Hours, become the targets of a Russian crime family and a corrupt city official.
While Joe protects Shanna from being pulled even deeper into a murder investigation where she's the prime suspect; Kool-Aid also has his hands full after being hired by Minnie to keep her out of harm's way. Either one or both girls might be keeping secrets from their protectors that could potentially intensify their troubles even more.
Artwork is by illustrator - Edison moody
the city will feature stories from various writers
more details coming soon
This is the new cover to my book. This one makes sure it's easily identifiable as Young Adult. The artwork was done by Tovio Rogers, the same artist who did the work on Taurus Moon: Scorched Earth.
Michael Quaid is not your average teenager—he has spent his entire life in captivity under the scrutiny of the PANTHEON Foundation. Now he has escaped into a world he doesn't know or understand. To survive he must depend on the help of a stranger and use his special abilities to fend off those trying to capture him.
Genre: Young Adult, action, adventure, paranormal
Available as an ebook here: taurus moon: scorched earth
Artwork done by tovio rogers
Taurus Moon: Scorched Earth will feature the following stories:
John Henry: man versus machine
--what really happened during the legendary challenge between john henry and the drill steam engine operator
--Professors Miles Coltrane, his wife monica, and john henry head to a small African village to stop a sorcerer from creating an army of zombies. the trio are aided by a small girl named ayira
--Ayira and gully go out on the town only to be attacked by supernatural creatures
a nasty piece of work
--Taurus and gully can't seem to stay out of trouble. after nearly being killed by a rival relic hunter, the pair are recruited to find a mad scientist. Interrupting the villain's plans, the scientist turns his full attention toward Taurus and gully
D K Gaston is the author of mysteries, thrillers, and paranormal fiction. He is a resident of Michigan, and married with children. He is currently working on his next novel.