Speculations… The White Fantastic Imagination

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Speculations, Uncategorized | No Comments

In March of 2015, I presented at the conference called Speculative Humanities: Steampunk to Afrofuturism at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey. The title of my audio-visual presentation was The White Fantastic Imagination and the Invisible Universe. In my 20 minute time slot, I talked primarily about the research I have been doing for […]

Speculations… The Making of the BBC’s “Black Sci-Fi”

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Speculations | No Comments

In July of 2013, three fascinating clips were posted to YouTube. The videos were entitled “Black Sci-Fi” and consisted of very stylized documentary footage of interviews with Mike Sargent, Steven Barnes, Octavia E. Butler, Samuel R. Delany and Nichelle Nichols. It was a fascinating look into the minds of, a very rare breed – the […]

Speculations… Shadows… Brown Girl…

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Speculations | No Comments

The second book discussion at The Shadows Took Shape exhibition was focused on Brown Girl in the Ring, written by Nalo Hopkinson and published in 1998. The discussion was co-moderated by writer and artist, Rosamond King and by me, the producer and director of the up-coming, Invisible Universe documentary. I opened the discussion with an […]

Speculations… Samuel R. Delany on racism essay

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Speculations | No Comments

Racism for me has always appeared to be first and foremost a system, largely supported by material and economic conditions at work in a field of social traditions. – Samuel R. Delany One of the objectives of the Invisible Universe Documentary is to explore the particular ways in which the conventional world of SF literature […]

Speculations… Shadows… Kindred

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Speculations | No Comments

The first book discussion at The Shadows Took Shape exhibition was focused on Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. Leading the discussion were Philadelphia native, Rasheedah Phillips, an attorney, writer and the founder of The Afrofuturist Affair and Mississippi native, John Jennings, a designer, curator, illustrator, cartoonist, graphic novelist and University of Buffalo professor. Their discussion […]

Speculations… Cinematic Similarities

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Speculations | No Comments

I recently noticed some similarities in a couple of scenes from two of my most favorite films, The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and Blade Runner (1982). Nothing wrong with being inspired by a classic film! 1. time – late into the night/early morning 2. location – victim’s bedroom, victim in canopy bed 3. action – victim […]

Speculations… Zambia’s Minister of Space

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Speculations | No Comments

I’ve been obsessed with space flight since I was a child. I’ve wanted to be an astronaut since as far back as I can remember. A large part of my library consists of books about the history of NASA and the Russian Aviation and Space Agency/Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), the history of rocket technology […]

Tupac’s “Holographic” Resurrection

Posted by on Apr 17, 2012 in Speculations | No Comments

The recent performance by a “resurrected” holographic Tupac Shakur at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California has spurred mostly to be expected responses. From astonishment and adulation at the believability of “holographic” technology (which turned out to be non-holographic), to the glorification and evolution of the Tupac Shakur image into a […]

Speculations… Psychology & devil worship in Rosemary’s Baby & The 7th Victim

Posted by on Jan 3, 2012 in Speculations | No Comments

By chance, I recently watched two films about devil worshippers, Rosemary’s Baby (1968), produced by William Castle and directed by Roman Polanski and The 7th Victim (1943), produced by Val Lewton and directed by Mark Robson. What was interesting, besides picking these similarly themed films at random, was that both are set in New York […]

Speculations… Marlene Clark, Black SF Superwoman

Posted by on Jan 2, 2012 in Speculations | No Comments

There was a moment in the early half of the 1970’s when Marlene Clark was beginning to become the grand dame of SF movie fame. She starred in several tv shows and films with SF themes as well as other cult classics like Putney Swope (1969), The Landlord (1970) and Enter the Dragon (1973). This […]