Science fiction is stronger when it is more diverse. The more colors to choose from to tell the story, the better the story. Today on African American Journal with host Stephen Henderson, I joined my friend and Detroit Ink Publishing colleague Cornelius Fortune to discuss the topic in more depth. Above is a clip from the show. To watch the entire interview, go to Detroit Public TV’s American Black Journal website.
This is going to be a good sci fi week for DIP, continuing on with a guest appearance on Detroit Today later this week, also to discuss African American science fiction. Then, on Saturday, April 18, I will be co-hosting “Sci Fi in Living Color” a panel discussion on the relationship between African Americans and science fiction where I will be joined by Cornelius and another DIP colleague, Dr. Robert McTyre, at Pages Bookshop. Pages is owned and operated by my friend Susan Connelly Murphy. I will also be signing copies of my books, “The Mayonnaise Murders” Part 1 and Part 2. “The Mayonnaise Murders Part 3” will be out later this year.
Finally, that same evening the entire DIP team is looking forward to meeting fellow sci fi author Adrienne Maree Brown, a 2013 Kresge Artist Fellow in the Literary Arts and local giant on the sci fi scene. Brown is one of the coordinators of the 2015 Art X Detroit book signing event honoring one of science fiction’s greatest and perhaps today’s most well-known African American science fiction author, Octavia Butler. The long-awaited anthology, “Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Movements,” which has been on tour around the country, now makes it’s Detroit tour stop at the Garden Theater at 6 pm.
Yep. It’s gonna be a good week to be a geek.