Interview with Maker Charles Mason II

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Charles Mason II, who appeared on the Game Show Network’s Steampunk’d last fall, is a prop maker based in Portland, Ore. Midwest BSFA talked to him about his creations, how he got started and what he’s been up to since appearing on the show.

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Miri Castor’s Opal Charm: The Path to Dawn

Opal Cover mainAuthor Miri Castor gives Midwest BFSA readers an excerpt of her new YA urban fantasy novel Opal Charm: The Path to Dawn! A New York native, she spent many a middle school recess writing fantasy stories, with Opal Charm being one of them. She has written for Black Girl Magic literary magazine and was recently featured as a Spotlight New Author. Castor is currently working on her second novel while finishing her final year of undergrad.   Read More

Interview with Author/Filmmaker Ytasha Womack

Ytasha-WomackYtasha Womack, author of Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi & Fantasy Culture as well as the science-fiction novel Rayla 2212, put her Afrofuturism-themed film Bar Star City into production last fall. The film looks at love, deception, memory and alienation among a group of bar regulars in Chicago. Midwest BSFA talked to Womack about her film, Afrofuturism, and being a black female creative in the ever-changing genre of sci-fi. Read More