Wednesday, April 2, 2014

SteamFUNK at Cal State U! May 8, 2014

Fabulous steamfunkateer founder Balogun Ojetade, of the Chronicles of Harriet, will be coming to Southern California next month! He will be part of EagleCon 2014's programming on indie comics, superheroes, critical thought and the creative industries surrounding them.

Balogun will be screening the new steamfunk movie "Rite of Passage"!

Thursday, May 8, 2014 (2:30 – 3:05p)
1st Floor | U-SU | Theatre


He will also be on a Steamfunk 101 panel discussion afterwards:

Thursday, May 8, 2014 (4:30 – 4:20p) 3rd Floor | U-SU | Alhambra Room
Steamfunk is an increasingly popular style of art and writing and a rapidly-growing area of study that combines the existing world of “steampunk” with the history and context of the African and African-American cultures.  This introduction to the world of steam funk is presented by two of the foremost leading authorities on the subject. 

Check out EagleCon's other programming and buy tickets from their website! I'm hoping to get a ride out that day so I can finally meet the man, fingers crossed!

Sunday, February 2, 2014


Finally, it's happening. I found a publisher to take on the project of a Southeast Asian steampunk anthology. Bill Campbell of Rosarium Publishing, which also recently published Mothership: Tales of Afrofuturism and Beyond in which my short story "Between Islands" is reprinted, very kindly extended an offer to me and Joyce Chng to co-edit an anthology which we are calling THE SEA IS OURS: TALES OF STEAMPUNK SOUTHEAST ASIA!

We currently have a cohort of really excellent SEAsian writers on the SFF scene, and Joyce and I are very interested in encouraging more talent across the region. We're looking for a wide range in terms of stories, characters, histories and geographies. 

Here is the official announcement with a fuller FAQ section, but for general guidelines hit the read through!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

"London Waka" by Robert Sullivan

I have just finished reading Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction, edited by Grace Dillon, and Dr. Dillon ended the anthology with a superb poem by Robert Sullivan, a Maori poet (Ngā Puhi). In her introduction to Sullivan's piece, Dillon shares the gist of another of his poems, called "London Waka" which briefly lays out an alternate history in which Maori warriors take over England, ransack its museums returning the loot stored in them, and free the British colonies, thereby creating alliances with basically a quarter of the whole world.