WELCOME To Fantastic Speculative Worlds
Stafford Battle has written for newspapers, magazines, and national associations but his real love is fiction -- specifically, speculative fiction. He is a fan of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, and (gasp!) Edgar Rice Burroughs (who created Tarzan and John Carter of Mars). Add Robert Howard and the powerful sword wielding hero Conan (who at least acknowledged the presence of Black people in the mythical Cimmerian Age) to his list of favorites. Stafford builds upon the strengths of these writers and acknowledges their deficiencies.
The universe is a very diverse place. Gods, demons, mortals and daring starship captains come in all colors and genders. A writer has to embrace all the various societies, religions, physical types, eye and nose shapes as well as skin colors to portray a more complete story. Thor can be a woman and the Amazing Spiderman can be Hispanic.
Stafford applauds writers such as Octavia Butler, Samuel Delany, Charles Sanders, Steven Barnes, Milton Davis and many, many other talented authors who could be considered "classic" or emerging for their depictions of a more balanced speculative universe. They enrich our speculative fiction.
Battle's writing is based on the realization that people of color will exist in the future and have accomplished heroic deeds in the past and are significant innovators in the present. We are all African.
THIS IS AFROFUTURISM
AFROFuturism is art, photography, film, music, animation and literature combined to tell a story and inspire us all to greatness.
stafford battle Biography
Stafford Battle is an Instructional Designer at an HBCU College of Medicine on the East Coast of the USA. In that capacity, he has helped to incorporate online learning into traditional med school training. He also is a published author and freelance writer. He enjoys blogging and interacting with other writers online and in support groups. He considers himself to be an AFROFuturist. He promotes multicultural speculative fiction that embraces a world view. He is a member of the Black Science Fiction Society and attends cons and panels whenever possible.
He believes that exposure to speculative arts can encourage people to look beyond their day-to-day lives. An article he wrote appeared in the New Pittsburgh Courier called “Science Fiction can rescue Black communities” – October 7, 2013. He also appeared in The Dallas Weekly for a story he wrote called “Why I Became an AFROFuturist” – November 15, 2013. On Friday, October 11, 2013, Stafford Battle was interviewed on WURD 900 AM, an African American talk radio station in Philadelphia. The host Dr. Richard M. Cooper and Battle discussed Afrofuturism and why it is important.
Stafford was an early adopter of the Internet (1989) and later the Worldwide Web in the (1994). He and his coauthor (Rey O. Harris) self published a book called: The African American Resource Guide to the Internet and Online Services (1996). After a story appeared in the Washington Post about their efforts to bring technology to urban communities, the book was picked up by McGraw-Hill. Battle and Harris traveled the country to preach the “gospel of the Internet” to colleges, churches, museums, community centers, schools and even government agencies. He has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the country including the LA Times, USA Today, Newsweek and smaller outlets. The Discovery Channel produced a documentary about Battle and Harris as they walked the streets of Washington, D.C., to explain the Internet to shopkeepers and people on the sidewalk.
He believes that there is a lot of excitement being generated through AFROCentric Speculative Fiction around the world!
Speculative Science Fiction and Fantasy are a significant part of the Black experience in literature, art, music and performance. AFROFuturism is re-emerging as an expression of optimism for the 21st century. Stafford Battle offers an AFROCentric experience via poetry, short stories, and novels. A prosperous Future is available to everyone. According to Stafford, "All we have to do is OPEN our minds. A new literary world is blooming. Regardless of what we see in the mirror, we are all African!"
AFRO sci-Fi images that illuminate and inspireThere are many characters and faces in African centered speculative fiction: Sword and Soul, Steamfunk, Black Horror, Hip Hop Space Opera, Wild, Weird West, and other emerging genres that are moving into the spotlight and international recognition. These are other titles will be available in August 2015!
A lawman with shaman powers vows to save a town. An aging aunt battles Nubian demons. A Yankee reporter disturbs an ancient evil. And more. . .
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