“When is making a short zombie film an act of protest?
When the heroes and heroines are black. When there is no Sacrificial Negro to fulfill the fantasy that our lives matter less than white lives. When there is no cooning, shucking or jiving. When no black “Spiritual Guide” exists only to ennoble and enlighten white characters. When artists and backers unite to circumvent cultural barriers to tell our own stories.
As authors and screenwriters, we never set out to become filmmakers. But after years of options, pitches and meetings, we realized Hollywood is just a money machine following the ticket-buying habits of America as a whole. It will never lead. It was time to stop waiting for Hollywood to translate our stories to screen.”
– Why sci-fi power couple Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due are making a zombie movie. Read the whole thing.
Check out this chilling short story reprinted in Nightmare magazine.
I can’t read horror, but signal boosting.
there’s a CREEPY BABY
Because there’s more black women sf writers than Octavia Butler—profiles of several women in the field.
“No one had told her—not the realtor, not the elderly widow she’d only met once when they signed the paperwork at the lawyer’s office downtown, not Graceville Prep’s cheerful headmistress. Even a random first-grader at the grocery store could have told her that one must never, ever go swimming in Graceville’s lakes during the summer. The man-made lakes were fine, but the natural lakes that had once been swampland were to be avoided by children in particular. And women of childbearing age—which Abbie LaFleur still was at thirty-six, albeit barely. And men who were prone to quick tempers or alcohol binges.
Further, one must never, ever swim in Graceville’s lakes in summer without clothing, when crevices and weaknesses were most exposed.
In retrospect, she was foolish. But in all fairness, how could she have known?”
– Tananarive Due, “The Lake”, online at Tor.com.
Carl Brandon Society Awards, Arisia 2011
From Aqueduct Press…
Description: L-R: Cecilia Tan, Vandana Singh, Andrea Hairston, and Tananarive Due. (Singh and Due are the ’08 winners.)
…and Victoria Janssen also has photos!
Description: Vandana Singh at the podium with Victor Raymond.
Via Twitter, the 2008 and 2009 Carl Brandon Society Awards have been announced, and will be awarded at Arisia (an upcoming Boston con).
The Parallax Award (for sf by POC):
- 2008: Vandana Singh, Distances
- 2009: Hiromi Goto, Half World
The Kindred Award (for any sf dealing with race and ethnicity):
- 2008: Tananarive Due, “Ghost Summer”
- 2009: Justine Larbalestier, Liar