It took thirty years for Alicia to accept her calling as a writer of "unusual stories." Always writing edgy tales that pushed the envelope. She learned to hide her violent, heart-pumping,and tragically romantic stories from family and friends. It wasn't until she joined RWA that she began to share her stories openly and take the plunge. Alicia writes for both new adults and adults with her brand of multicultural urban fantasy, paranormal, romance, and horror. Her stories always include strong women heroines who fight back, sometimes to the death. Alicia is an activist in the movement towards diversifying Science fiction and Fantasy (#diversityinSFF). She created the first "State of Black Science Fiction 2012" blog tour, is an active member in the State of Black Science Fiction FaceBook group and has a ScoopIt page where she actively curates topics related to Afrofuturism, Black Science Fiction, and Black Speculative fiction. Alicia is a native Detroiter who currently resides in metro Atlanta. She works as a media specialist or school librarian in a local school district. Alicia enjoys spending time with her husband and son. Her first book for new adults, Breaking Free, is available in print or for immediate download. She has an adult series that mixes African-American women's fiction with dark urban fantasy. Check out the African Elemental series. Sign-up on www.aliciamccalla.com for e-updates, sneak peeks, and coupons.
Possibilitiesby Alicia McCalla
State of Black SF authors have created a flash fiction anthology that opens imagination to the idea of what Black speculative fiction can become… What’s the flash fiction prompt? A mystical bracelet. Specially created Black SF images along with the 500-word super short stories are morsels of raw potential. Join artist Winston Blakely and authors L.M.
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State of Black SF authors have created a flash fiction anthology that opens imagination to the idea of what Black speculative fiction can become… What’s the flash fiction prompt? A mystical bracelet. Specially created Black SF images along with the 500-word super short stories are morsels of raw potential. Join artist Winston Blakely and authors L.M. Davis, Milton Davis, Margaret Fieland, Edward Austin Hall, Valjeanne Jeffers, Alan Jones, Alicia McCalla, Balogun Ojetade, Rasheedah Phillips, Wendy Raven McNair, and Nicole Sconiers as they endeavor to explore the possibilities of Black SF in the broad ranges of Science Fiction from Paranormal to Steampunk. Readers will see the immense possibilities of Black SF.
Introduction by L.M. Davis
“Opening” by Edward Austin Hall
“The Mathematical Genius” by Alicia McCalla
“Color Blind” by Alan Jones
“Possibilities” by L.M. Davis
“Amazon in Atlanta” by Milton Davis
“The Eternals” by Wendy Raven McNair
“Soulless Cargo” by Balogun Ojetade
“Ouroboros Rising” by Thaddeus Howze
“The Family Circle” by Rasheedah Phillips
“Set Him Free” by Valjeanne Jeffers
“Neck Less” by Margaret Fieland
“The Scarlet Bracelet” by Nicole Sconiers
“Closing” by Edward Austin Hall
Remarks from the Editor by Alicia McCalla
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I'll certainly be searching for other works by the authors who contrbuted here. Science fiction/horror is my favorite genre and it's very difficult to find good stories written by black authors with black leading characters. I keep hearing that there is no market for these types of works, and yet the movies based on the characters of "Riddick" and "Blade" have brought in millions. The same people who love these movies are capable of reading something more challenging than a comic book, I know this because I'm one of those people. To the authors, keep on keeping on, we're out there and we love what you're doing.
These shirt stories were all good. Four stood out, I give them Five Stars-Scarlet Bracelet (this could be expanded into a novel :-) ). Soulless Cargo, Ourobus Rising, Famil Circle and my Favorite *Set Him Free***. Enjoy!