Happy Black Speculative Fiction Month!

October is Black Speculative Fiction Month and we at Midwest BSFA would love to know what you are doing to celebrate Black creators who work in the genres under the umbrella of speculative fiction! Have you read P. Djeli Clark‘s Ring Shout or The Black God’s Drums? Have you listened to Tonia Ransom’s horror podcast NIGHTLIGHT? Have you picked up a copy of FIYAH Literary Magazine? There are so many people and projects to support! What are you waiting on? Click here to read about BSFM from one of its founders.

Midwest BSFA Members to Participate in Steamfunk Panel

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Midwest BSFA members will participate in a panel on steamfunk at the International Steampunk Symposium on Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31! The panel will focus on how black American cosplayers/steampunks see themselves in and operate inside of the steampunk genre, and discuss how re-imagining the country’s antebellum past can be represented and reworked in a steampunk future. Continue reading “Midwest BSFA Members to Participate in Steamfunk Panel”

Steamfunkateers, the Steamfunk Role Playing Game, is now available!

We’re DEFINITELY playing this!

Chronicles of Harriet

Baas Bello, the most intelligent person on earth, races to prevent mad scientist, The Alchemist, from assassinating George Washington Carver… Harriet Tubman and John Henry team up to do battle with an army of steam-powered Confederate automatons before they turn the tides of the Civil War… Robert Charles hunts Were-Rats in New Orleans…
Mad scientists, Vampires, Air Pirates, daring Adventurers, power-hungry dictators… and YOU all populate the world of Steamfunkateers: The Steamfunk Role Playing Game.
Steamfunkateers is a world of mechanical marvels, the supernatural and the Brushed – people that possess extraordinary abilities. YOU are one of the Brushed and, as Harriet Tubman says, “You either brushed by the hand of God… or by the hand of that other one.” YOU decide which one.
Steamfunkateers: The Steamfunk RPG is a fun, complete, stand-alone role-playing game in which you play a character that goes on exciting adventures, solves deep mysteries…

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A Brand New Funk: Biofunk comes to Afrofuturism!

Hmmm….this sounds interesting!

Chronicles of Harriet

It all started withSteamfunk– a style of writing and visual aesthetic that combines the culture and approach to life of people of African descent with that of the Steampunk aesthetic.
Next cameDieselfunk fiction, film and fashion that combine the style and mood of Dieselpunk – Steampunk’s grittier sibling – with African and African-American inspiration. It is a name I came up with in 2012, playing off of Steamfunk.
Dieselfunk tells the exciting untold stories of people of African descent during the Jazz Age.
Think the Harlem Renaissance meets Science Fiction; think Chalky White (from Boardwalk Empire) doing battle with robots run amok in his territory; think Mob bosses, Nazis, the Tuskegee Airmen, the Tulsa Race Riots and jazz… thatis Dieselfunk.
Then cameRococoa– the Age of Spring Technology and Clockwork.
Think Science Fiction and Fantasy meet Three Finger’d Jack, the pirate, Black Caesar…

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