Some Star Wars actors beside the characters they portrayed.
My friend, a fellow Muslim who runs Fresh Pulp, told me in email he’s currently reading a Sci-Fi novel called Fire and Clay, about Jinn. It’s written by a black Muslim woman from Detroit, her name is Kaaronica Evans-Ware. I wanna read this! I looove POC sci-fi.
Banished from her clan for being a Muslim, a 400 year-old jinn named Zamar is hiding from her past. But an ancient evil is about to surface, unearthing her secrets and carrying painful reminders of the life she once lived. Ages ago, Zamar had lived in solitary exile along the banks of the Senegal River. Then a lone man entered her world, altering it forever.
Spanning several centuries, book one of Fire & Clay, pulls you into the unseen world of mankind’s distant cousins, the jinn. Like humans, these beings were given the gift of free will. And like us there are a few that choose the way of good, some that choose the way of evil, and many that live their lives torn between the two.
But what happens when the lives of creatures cast from smokeless fire, and those shaped from the clay of the Earth become intertwined?
The story told here takes readers on a journey of mystery, imagination, and magic to search for the answers. It plunges into the depths of jealousy, fear, and greed-as well as violence, sorrow, and loss. But it also scales the heights of love and faith, hope and deliverance. This story may be fictional, but it is true. Its truths are about what it means to be human, what it means to have the power to choose.
Fire & Clay is no mere fairytale. What we can see, touch, and taste is only a narrow sliver of reality. There is a war being fought all around us, even within us. And sooner than we might think, our final battle is coming.
Live stream @ 5-7 -EST of Spelman’s Octavia Event!
Spelman will live stream the panel discussion with Tananarive Due, Cosby Chair; World Fantasy Award-winning novelist Nnedi Okorafor, “Who Fears Death”; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”; writer, producer and activist dream hampton, BET’s “Black Girls Rock”; writer and facilitator @adriennemareebrown, co-editor, “Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements”; filmmaker and singer/songwriter Bree Newsome, “Wake”; and graphic artist John Jennings, “Kindred” graphic novel artist, based on the novel by Octavia E. Butler.
In honor of her birthday, I wanted to re-post a Q&A I did with Octavia Butler a few years before her death. She had such a rich voice, and she was so gentle and sweet with me as I stumbled through our interview. I had just discovered her work, and I adored her vision and talent. It was the first…
MoonDust is Sara Golish’s ode to to Afrofuturism and natural hair.