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The Invisible Universe Foundation Online Webzine

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The Invisible Universe Foundation is dedicated to researching and promoting the history of African Americans in speculative fiction (SF) literature, cinema and related media through the activities of archiving, publishing and producing materials and presenting cultural events.

The Invisible Universe Foundation online webzine is the premiere resource for searching for information relevant to "Black Speculative Fiction Media." We are seeking reviews for SF books, movies, television, comics and video games for our premiere issue in June 2006. If you are interested, please send your abstracts now!
The June issue will be dedicated to the life and work of Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006).

We are particularly seeking reviews of her novels, either individually or as a series.

Patternmaster, 1976
Mind of My Mind, 1977
Survivor, 1978
Wild Seed, 1980
Clay's Ark, 1984

Dawn, 1987
Adulthood Rites, 1988
Imago, 1989

Parable of the Sower, 1993
Parable of the Talents, 1998

Kindred, 1979

Bloodchild and other Stories, 1995

The Book of Martha

We are seeking 100-300 word mini-biographies of Octavia E. Butler.

Her early life as a writer
Her later life as a writer

We are also seeking 500-1000 word papers from different perspectives:

Octavia E. Butler as a black, woman, speculative fiction writer
The themes of the work of Octavia E. Butler
Octavia E. Butler's influences in the work of other writers
The awards of Octavia E. Butler
Other topics accepted.

We are seeking 100-200 word testimonials on how Octavia E. Butler affected your life.

We are seeking photos of Octavia E. Butler (from owners of said photographs.)


As for the rest of the premiere edition, we are seeking reviews of the latest sf books (fledgling, the wave, about writing, etc.), films (Superman Returns, A Scanner Darkly, X Men: The Last Stand, etc.), television (battlestar galactica, doctor who, stargate, etc.), comics/animation (teen titans, boondocks, other adultswim, etc.) and games (def jam vendetta, fight for new york, sports games, etc.) that are popular and relevant to African Americans. Please send me your specific interests here before you write anything.

Let's make the premiere issue the one to talk about!


The Invisible Universe Foundation
M. Asli Dukan, Executive Director

Invisible Universe:
a history of blackness in speculative fiction
M. Asli Dukan, Producer/Director

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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