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AfroFuturism, Blerds, and Black Twitter-A Brief Reference Guide

While at illogicon this weekend, one of the panels I’ve participated in was AfroFuturism, Blerds, and BlackTwitter. We also provided a brief overview of the cinematic history of African-Americans in speculative fiction. Below is the list of references that provide a brief introduction AfroFuturistm, Blerds, and Black Twitter.

Please note, this isn’t a complete list. It’s just a quick guide I compiled for introductory reasons. If you have suggestions or better resources, feel free to email or Tweet me (@nicolegkurtz).


Blerds-black nerds

Afrofuturism-Afrofuturism is a literary and cultural aesthetic that combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, Afrocentricity, and magic realism with non-Western cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of people of color, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past. First coined by Mark Dery in 1993, and explored in the late 1990s through conversations led by scholar Alondra Nelson.

Steamfunk-is defined as a philosophy or style of writing and visual aesthetic that combines the African and / or African American culture and approach to life with that of the steampunk philosophy and/or steampunk fiction and cosplay.

Black Twitter- a cultural identity on the Twitter social network focused on issues of interest to the black community, particularly in the United States.


What is Afrofuturism?



What is Afrofuturism?



Nalo Hopkinson on Racial and Gender



The Rise of the Black Nerd in Pop Culture



What is Steamfunk?






The Truth about Black Twitter




Black Girl Nerds                                                http://www.blackgirlnerds.com

We Need Diverse Books!                                  http://www.weneeddiversebookgs.org

BlackScienceFiction Society                              http://www.blacksciencesociety.com

iafronfuturism.com                                          http://www.iafrofuturism.com

The Chronicles of Harriet                                 http://chroniclesofharriet.com

MV Media                                                        http://mvmediaatl.com/


Popular Black Speculative Twitter Hashtags and People to Follow

#afrofuturism               #diversesff       #BlackComics   #steamfunk      #blackpulp       #blacksf           #BlackTwitter


@blackgirlnerds           @GraveyardSister         @GeekSoulBrother      

Top 10 Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels

While at illogicon yesterday, I participate on a panel for my top 10 science fiction and fantasy novels. If you missed the panel, here’s the list. Feel free to disagree, agree, tweet, and share the list. I’d love to engage in discourse about novels.


Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus                        Mary Shelley

Kindred                                                                                    Octavia Butler

The Dark Tower (Drawing of the Three)                         Stephen King

Altered Carbon                                                                       Richard K. Morgan

The Wizard of Earthsea                                                        Ursula Le Guin

Lion’s Blood                                                                            Steven Barnes

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?                            Philip K. Dick

Shadowshaper                                                                       Daniel Jose Older

The Handmaid’s Tale                                                           Margaret Atwood

Brown Girl in the Ring                                                        Nalo Hopkinson

Honorable mentions:

1984                                                                                          George Orwell

The Vampire Hunter series                                                        L.A. Banks

Brave New World                                                                    Alex Huxley

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban                                  J. K. Rowling

The Dark Tower                                                                       Stephen King

The Stand                                                                                Stephen King

Pulp Fiction Fridays with Guest, Teel James Glenn

Trey from Cybil Lewis Series (c) Laura Givens
Trey from Cybil Lewis Series (c) Laura Givens

Each Friday is Pulp Fiction Friday. Authors will contribute a post discussing the writing of pulp, mystery, spies, and whodunits in the realms of science fiction and speculative stories. Welcome to Teel James Glenn to Pulp Reports for some Q&A!

What is pulp? What makes it different from other genres?

My favorite quote to describe the pulp style of writing is from Algys Budrys who boiled it down to “a clear cut solution to a sentimental problem.” But I think it can be whittled down even further to that to one word: Passion!

Or perhaps breathtaking. Or exciting.

No pulp writer ever sold a story that bored. Just wouldn’t happen and that is the credo I follow in scribing the adventures I do. Action. I was a fan of it both on screen (old serials were a first love that got me into 40 years of stunt/fight choreography work), in comics (Marvel, DC and all Gold Key comic were how I literally learned to read!), and lastly pulp books (I was fortunate that, Tarzan, Conan and the Doc Savage reprints came out at just the right time for me to absorb them, often reading two books a day!).

So called ‘literary’ fiction is often contemptuous of actual action/conflict-as if living instead of thinking about living was more important.
Why do you write pulp? What do you enjoy about it? Love about it?

I write to let my mind soar- to, I hope, change the world one sentence at a time. I think of it as the difference between a 2D movie and a 3D film- somehow it is more involving and reaches out more directly to

the reader, and therefore, as a writer, I feel as if I am connecting more solidly with my readers.
Who inspired you to write?

It is hard to say which writer was the one who truly ‘sparked’ my mind to try my own hand it. Early on I read Andre Norton books, Doc Savage books and R.E. Howard’s Conan tales. I discovered pulp- both the idea of it historically and other actual series- later in high school, by the time I was already beginning to write tales.

What’s next in terms of pulp fiction? Where does the genre go from here?

I think that genre is being accepted as simply good writing now. Many of the so-called ‘classic’ writers actually were the pulp writers of their day- Shakespeare (remember only sonnets were considered literature in his day), Dickens, Dumas, Bradbury, Hammett, etc. are now all required reading. I think Burroughs, Dent, Howard and Spillane will receive that kind of respect in the future.

Who is your favorite pulp character? Why?

It’s a toss up between Doc Savage, Tarzan and Conan. In all three they were self ‘acutualizing’ individuals who lived by their own code of justice and were uncompromising when it came to honor. Most of my own creations- Dr. Shadows, Moxie Donovan, Lord Shoutte, Ku’zn and Athelstan Grey all have a very strong code of honor and follow it regardless of personal risk.

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