A Show of Power: Africans and African Americans in Science Fiction and Fantasy

3rd Floor, Rosenberg Library
City College of San Francisco
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What is power? Some of us imagined having superpowers as children. Maybe it was the power to fly, deflect bullets, or climb walls. Was your power super-strength triggered by rage, or invisibility?
Did you visit new worlds through play? Remember how the blankets and pillows become a rocky terrain where your action figures went on adventures, fighting monsters and evil villains? There was power in creating your own stories, but how often did you see yourself in those stories?
Wearing the masks and costumes of our favorite superheroes took us outside of ourselves. We experienced worlds where good usually triumphed over evil. Sometimes, those worlds paralleled our own. When authentic Black characters appear in fantastic stories or possess amazing powers, they resonate with Black audiences. They also honor our history of achievement and overcoming discrimination, exclusion and racism in the U.S. and aborad.
This exhibition showcases the positive shift in popular culture where a growing number of Blacks use their powers to create and publish their own art and stories. It also celebrates how Blacks continue to inspire and influence the images and stories created by others.
Eugene Randolph Young,
Guest Curator
                                                                                            Koi Asagi “Freckles”
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  1. Characters are another important element of fantasy fiction. They are the ones who make the stories of alive and compelling. However, to make your stories more appealing, you need to come up with distinct and unique characters that can pique the interest of your readers. Since this is fantasy fiction, it may be necessary for you to create mythical creatures. Supernatural elements and non-human creatures are the keys to so many fantasy stories. The most common mythical creatures in fantasy stories include aliens, mermaids, and wizards. However, if you want your fantasy novel to stand out, you should try creating your own mythical creature. Doing so will also allow you to practice your creative freedom. You can find my blog here: https://www.daughtersoftwilight.com/a-general-guide-on-writing-fantasy-fiction/ hope it helps to your writing journey.

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