To Whom Does the Future Belong?

murtaza_triptychSo the short Afrofuturism primer I wrote for The Pandora Society’s website last month in honor of Black Speculative Fiction Month apparently brought all of the racists to the yard when the site’s manager posted a link to the article in a Facebook group. Someone dropped the gem, “Captain Kirk needed another taste of chocolate now that Uhura and Scotty were married” (um…whet?) and kicked off a dust-up about people of color in science fiction and “political correctness run amok.” Read More

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Steampunk Character Building Workshop Recap

When Mandisa Njeri and Mirabella von Dueling of Airship Ashanti walked up to WordPlay’s doors, the kids in attendance at Midwest BSFA’s steampunk character building workshop shouted, “Pirates! Pirates are coming!” That was the beginning of this awesome program featuring a fun lesson on steam technology and brainstorming steampunk names and back stories.
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