A while back Bad Sista (of Good Sista/Bad Sista poetry duo) Walidah Imarisha asked me if i would write something for an anthology that she was putting together of activist-writers who would write a science fiction or speculative fiction story with the great science fiction writer Octavia Butler as a kind of inspirational spiritual guide. Octavia Butler’s work wasn’t afraid to confront difficult subject matter like the ills of racism or sexism but she confronted those issues in a wholistic way with an analysis that those issues were just a part of the dystopian world we lived in. i of course jumped at the opportunity and wrote Kafka’s Last Laugh a satirical short story about the absurdity of protest, police brutality, torture, the alliance between consumerism, the prison industrial complex and the pharmaceutical industry, and the key to unraveling it all.
After painstaking work by editors Walidah Imarisha and Adrienne Marie Brown Octavia’s Brood Science Fiction From Social Justice Movements came to life. Octavia’s Brood featured the works of Bao Phi, David Walker, Adrienne Maree Brown, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Walidah Imarisha, Morrigan Phillips, Autumn Brown, Alixa Garcia, Mia Mingus, Gabriele Teodoros, Tunde Olanrian, Dawolu Jabari Anderson, Tara Betts, Jelani Wilson, Kalamu ya Salaam, LeVar Burton, Terry Bisson, Dani McClain, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Mumia Abu Jamal, Tananavrie Due and of course myself. i was (and still still really am) proud to be a part of this line-up. It was areal honor to be asked by Walidah to write soemthing. The book went on to be published by AK Press and you hopefully can get it at your local anarchist bookstore or anywhere else you buy books, but hopefully from an anarchist bookstore.
On Saturday, January 2nd of 2016, at 9Pm the Brooklyn Museum asked me to read Kafka’s Last Laugh and speak about the link between science fiction, imagination and activism. i’m not a big fan of the term activism… i like agitation… But that’ll all get worked out… The evening is part of the New Year New Futures program that’s happening that day.
For more info… See you there…