Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Future Light Cone - AfroFuturist Affair Newsletter


The Future Light Cone

The AfroFuturist Affair Newsletter

Recurrence Plot Time Travel Tour

Recurrence Plot #TimeTravel Tour with author/creator of The AfroFuturist Affair Rasheedah Phillips | discussions, readings, tablings at various space-times with other visionaries:

July 12 - Afro Futurism, Sci-Fi and Cultural Myths: A Dialogue Among Visionary Writers @ Harlem Book Fair Urban Arts & Literary Festival

In this dialogue, writers of Afro-Futurism will explore the possibilities and cultural gems within our own “afro-mythology” juxtaposed to a sci-fi landscape and its ensuing cultural implication. Featuring Dja Dja N MedJay (Renpet, N Eternity Reclaimed); Rasheedah Phillips (Recurrence Plot); Cerece Rennie Murphy, (Order of the Seers)

July 26 - Visionary Literature: Two New Indie Books Claim Space  w/ Dismantle Anthology @Bluestockings Bookstore

Presenting Recurrence Plot alongside Thread Makes Blanket Press and writers and editors from Dismantle VONA Anthology for a reading and panel discussion exploring how two small, independent presses in Philadelphia are exploring issues of race, gender, literature, and a better future.

August 2 - RIPEXPO w/ Metropolarity 

The Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo (RIPExpo) is a summer weekend devoted to small-press and self-published comics, zines and books. 

August 5 - IMPRINT: Independent Publishing Panel

Leeway Foundation presents IMPRINT, a skill share and panel discussion featuring Lillian Dunn of Apiary Magazine, Lovella Calica of Warrior Writers, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela of Thread Makes Blanket Press and Dismantle Anthology, Rasheedah Phillips of The AfroFuturist Affair and Metropolarity and Dr. Yaba Blay of BLACKprint Press.

August 9 - Reading at Penn Bookstore feat. Alex Smith of Metropolarity/Laser Life/ARKDUST

#DIYtimetravel #RecurrencePlot

For more info, visit our events page at

Recurrence Plot Book Reviews and Interviews

- April 2014 Book of the Month on Black Science Fiction Society!

- Alicia McCalla's Guest Fest: Rasheedah Phillips Discusses her Debut Novel and Black Motherhood
"The novel explores the everyday ways in which we “time travel,” simply by touching and interacting with everyday objects. Objects are artifacts of memory and meaning, storing up energy, energy which is neither created nor destroyed in the larger universe. These artifacts of memory tell events as they actually happen, as they have been experienced, while the history that we read about in books are only subjective representations of what historians believe is crucial to remember. "

- Recurrence Plot Book Review on Futuristically Ancient
"The major linchpin of the book is Phillips’ slippage between reality and fiction. It pervades throughout the entire book as well as in a metafictional sense. Walls between the reader and book seems to break down at several points with the inclusion of chapters of Experimental Time Order interspersed, and especially in one of the later chapters, it seems as if the reader is the one to whom the book addresses." - Reviewed by Aker/Reese Francis

- Recurrence Plot Book Review on Future Fire
"Recurrence Plot achieves the delightful symmetry of being a novel about experiencing time out of sequence, with a main character who has faulty memory and incomplete information, and about the discovery and reading of a self-published, postmodern, pseudoscientific, multimedia and multi-genre, portmanteau book, which is told out of sequence, leaving the reader confused and with incomplete information, and in a portmanteau, postmodern and pseudoscientific style..." - Reviewed by Djibril al-Ayad

Black Tribbles Podcast Feature 

Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales) is available for purchase  at:

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Recurrence Plot

Recurrence Plot Book Trailer by D1L0 DeMiLLe

You can also find an exclusive soundtrack for the novel composed by Moor Mother Goddess at

Other Notes and Transmissions


- Schedule The AfroFuturist Affair for a workshop
with your community organization, classroom, or afterschool program! The AfroFuturist Affair has created and developed a series of afrofuturistic workshops that can be tailored to suit the audience. Our workshops include Quantum Time Capsule and Do-It-Yourself Time Travel workshop series, and Science is Fiction!, Women in the AfroFuture, and Using AfroFuturism to Examine Reality Workshop Series.

-  Looking for interns and volunteers for Summer/Fall 2014! Please email for more information. 

Upcoming Events
7/12 - Harlem Book Fair
7/26 - Bluestockings
8/9 - Penn Bookstore


Save the Date: 4th Annual Charity & Costume Ball
November 8, 2014 | 7pm-12am
Impact Hub Philly

1227 N. 4th Street | Philadelphia, PA

Workshops at Allied Media Conference, Girls Rock Philly, FIGHT Philly, TreeHouse Nonprofit Bookstore
Various dates and locations

The AfroFuturist Affair is a  Philadelphia community formed to celebrate and promote Afrofuturistic and Black sci-fi culture through creative events, community workshops, blogging, and creative writing. All proceeds from our events are used to fund the Futurist Fund Community Grant, a bridge fund for underserved members of the community. The AfroFuturist Affair is also a founding member of, a 215 Speculative Fiction Collective.

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