Nnedi Okorafor and a positive side to ChatGPT

While the writers for South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and novelist, journalist, and blogger Cory Doctorow have shared their unique perspectives on ChatGPT, I came across this striking and caring statement by "*THE* Naijamerican PhD-holding, World Fantasy, multi-Hugo, Nebula, Eisner Award-winning, New York Times bestselling rudimentary cyborg writer," Nnedi Okorafor about her recent experience with ChatGPT. — Read the rest

Nnedi Okorafor coming to Shared Worlds sf writing camp for teens

Jeff VanderMeer sez,

Shared Worlds, a non-profit science fiction/fantasy teen writing camp hosted by Wofford College (Spartanburg, South Carolina), has named Nnedi Okorafor the Amazon.com Visiting Writer for 2011. Over the past six years, Okorafor has written several impressive and unique novels for both adult and teen readerships, including Who Fears Death, The Shadow Speaker, and Zahrah the Windseeker.

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A book about the rebellious history of the banjo

Every musical instrument has a history, an origin story with primary practitioners that were storytellers and sound makers. Every origin story exists within social, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Origin stories are often contested, the facts and circumstances and the meanings ascribed, at the time and after, to those facts and circumstances. — Read the rest

Erykah Badu defines "woke"

I saw Erykah Badu live with The Roots at the Hollywood Bowl in 2008, touring for the album New Amerykah Part One (4th World War). Badu played what I have always assumed was the theremin on several tracks – I do not remember which, but I know one for sure was "The Healer." — Read the rest

Pass the Sault

I was turned on to the genre-splicing British music collective Sault in the Summer of 2020 during the protests against police violence that were organized across the globe. Particularly the joint "Wildfires" from the June 2020 release, "Untitled (Black Is)." — Read the rest

New BB series! "Updating the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction"

Even when Boing Boing wrote about the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction (HDSF) at its launch, in January 2021, the project was already evolving. The HDSF — based on the OED Science Fiction Citations Project, a 2001 effort to crowdsource quotations for the  Oxford English Dictionary — is a full-fledged dictionary of SF on historical principles, meaning that every entry is illustrated with contextual quotations showing exactly how a term has been used over time. — Read the rest