Sunday, January 25, 2009
Hi, thought I’d introduce myself. First off, thanks to Jayme for inviting me to take part in No Fear of the Future. I’m 41 years old, African-American, born in Austin and have lived here my entire life. To comply with the required interesting fact about myself: I have one more tooth than a normal person. I’m ashamed to say my published writing is way, way more sporadic than everybody else here. A few of my short stories are online over at Revolution SF.
What I write tends to riff off of what I have finally figured out is my main interest or obsession—20th century worlds that no longer exist. The vibrant community of American socialists and communists in the 1920s and 1930s, Weimar, the chitlin circuits, the Soviet Union and the legacies of the Cold War buildup in the United States, just to name a few. And now they exist only in artifacts, both online and off. To me, often these worlds or scenes have been so totally erased from our conciousness that they feel futuristic or completely out of time altogether. So I think that sort of thing is what I will be playing with here. Or maybe something else.