What Octavia gave us

I was privileged to know and love Octavia during her lifetime, and now I get to write about that, and about the aftermath.  Here’s my most recent piece, an essay on Octavia’s legacy commissioned by her epublisher, Open Road Media.  Lots of gorgeous photos and lively links, too.

August 2009 Short Fiction

This month’s list is very short, which makes me think I must be missing some stories. So if you’re a person of color and had a speculative fiction story published in August, please say so in comments. Also, please list your story on the Carl Brandon wiki (where everyone can go to see stories by POC pubbed in 2009 and in 2008). If you’ve got a story coming out in September or after that, please go to this form and let me know. It’s quick and easy — editors are welcome to fill it out as well!

Reading: Diaspora of the Fantastic: Black Women Writers of SF/F/H

If you’re in New York City this Thursday, you may be interested in a reading I’m participating in: Diaspora of the Fantastic: Black Women Writers of SF/F/H. Here’s the description:

Join science fiction, fantasy, and horror authors Linda D. Addison, K. Tempest Bradford, N. K. Jemisin, and Alaya Dawn Johnson for a reading and discussion on women of color in speculative fiction.

Far from being indifferent to the genre, people of color are creating and consuming SF literature and media more than ever. Come hear some of the best new and award-winning speculative voices of color writing today.

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2009
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Bluestockings Books
172 Allen Street (one block south of Houston)
New York, NY