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Feb 16 2014
4

Afrofuturism has a long and storied history that Monae is drawing upon. Check out Sun Ra and other greats for more fun if you like Monae!

Feb 15 2014
4

I'm so glad to see this. I think to often the mentality that books with white people as the main protagonists are pushed as being for everyone, but books with non-white protags are not always seen in the same "mainstream" manner. In addition, I think people often fail to recognize how the experience of being a certain Read more

Feb 15 2014
5

I'm a science-fiction writer, and I'm (very secretly) female, and (even more secretly) black. I just published my first sci-fi novel, which features two female protagonists of color (one of whom is black). I wish it would become more normal for black women to write in genres outside of "black women issues" and Octavia Read more

Feb 15 2014
1

I have a visceral dislike for the term "people of colour". It seems like such a self-alienating term to adopt for oneself, especially when it is shortened to PoC. I am not a people. I prefer not to group myself with other people except humanity as a whole, or even wider, sapients of any kind throughout the Read more

Feb 14 2014
2

I know it seemingly goes against type in relation to this post, but when I read sci-fi, I really don't pay attention to the author; Instead I actually focus onthe story. And, as to the story, I really don't care what their race, creed, color, or species they are. As long as the characters are engaging and the story Read more

Feb 14 2014
2

On the "and they died quickly" front, to this day i still get a chuckle out of Robert Townsend's stand-up bit about blacks in sci-fi: Read more

Feb 14 2014
5

I love, love, love Octavia E Butler, but I only read her because she was on the science fiction paperback shelf at the library (thank you librarians!).

Feb 14 2014
4

I just want to thank the bad writer of vampire fiction (not named by Butler) that made her say to herself: "I can do better than that!" Octavia Butler then went on to write really great work, which I think will hold up well for a very long time. I miss her.

Feb 14 2014
3

Well, there's Tunnel in the Sky. Written by Robert Heinlein, of course, but it's a book starring an African American main character, written at a time when when that sort of thing was extremely rare. Read more

Feb 14 2014
17

Was kind of afraid Octavia Butler's "Kindred" would seem dated as it was written in the 1970's. As a history major, I also thought I knew all there was to know about slavery. I was wrong on both counts. Butler's book was a thrilling read that taught me a lot I didn't know or think about. Why hasn't this been made into Read more