I think they dropped a word from that. . .
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Author Sheree R. Thomas put an end to the myth that African Americans don’t write science fiction four years ago when her 427-page anthology titled “Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora” was published.
Thomas will be among the panelists Friday, April 16, at “The Politics of the Paraliterary: A Symposium of Afro Diasporic Speculative Fiction and Theory” at Northwestern University.
The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will explore the contributions of black writers from around the world to the genres of science fiction, horror, fantasy, futurism and magical realism. It will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. in Room 107 of Harris Hall, 1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston.
The event follows by a day the April 15 free, public lecture by prominent African American science fiction writer Samuel R. Delany. That event will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Abbott Auditorium, Pancoe-Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Life Sciences Pavilion, 2200 Campus Drive.
The speculative literature conference also will include panelists Kodwo Eshun, author of “More Brilliant than the Sun,” a treatise on futurism in black popular music; Yale University assistant professor Alondra Nelson, co-editor of “Technicolor: Race, Technology and Everyday Life” and founder and moderator of an Internet discussion group called AfroFuturism; and Village Voice staff writer Greg Tate, author of “Flyboy in the Buttermilk” and “Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience.”
Symposium participants will discuss recent artistic and academic developments concerned with images of the future and with questions of race and technology as envisioned by black authors, including Delany, Steven Barnes, Octavia Butler, Tananarive Due, Jewelle Gomez, Nalo Hopkinson, Brandon Massey and Walter Mosley.
From a press release up at Northwestern's site. Delany's lecture rated a mention in The Reader, so I maybe want to get there early for it. And although I definitely could use the money, if I manage to swing a temp assignment for next week, I'll let 'em know I'm going to both events.
Ok, I'll go for the money. But I'll regret it bitterly afterwards.