This Month (And Every Month), Black Sci-Fi Writers Look To The Future

February 27, 2015 12:03 PM

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Author Steven Barnes vividly remembers attending science fiction conventions when he first started in the field 30 years ago: "For almost twenty years, as far as I could tell, I was the only black male science fiction writer in the world," he says. The legendary Samuel R. Delany, who'd written science fiction classics like Nova and Dhalgren, had left the field, Barnes says, because it had become impossible for him to make a living there; those early conventions were distinctly unwelcoming to non-white voices.

"I had black friends in the field who would not talk about how they really felt to their white friends because they were afraid of losing their friendship," says Barnes, whose science fiction bona-fides are extensive and hard-earned; he's published over two dozen novels and written for shows like St...

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