From Flex Alexander and Daryl Bell as the eponymous (and notorious) *Homeboys in Outer Space (*1996) to the late great Xenogenesis writer Octavia Butler who died earlier this year, there has been an increasing number of black creators, actors and characters involved science fiction, from literature to the big screen.
I’m a pretty decent science fiction geek, and I’ve been impressed with the number of blacks (as well as Latina, Asian, Native American, gay, bi and others) popping up in various speculative fiction. It’s a great time to see myself reflected in a genre I’ve always loved. Hey, whatever you think of relative merits of the plot of The Matrix: Rebooted and Revolutions, I’ll never forget the feeling the first time I sat in the theater and realized with an increasing thrill that this was the most black people I’d ever seen on screen in a science fiction movie – ever.
I want to concentrate on blacks in sci-fi, horror and fantasy over the last ten years. We’ve come a loooOOooong way since “Homeboys in Outer Space” and I wanted to see if anyone else noticed. Which black characters and creators do you think deserve notice in this field, for good or bad or worse? Include any medium you can think of, and yes – superhero characters definitely count. How could I possibly omit Halle Berry as Catwoman AND Storm, not to mention an automaton in* Robots*, or the doc in Gothika?
This isn’t meant to be an all-inclusive list. We’ll stick to those black creators and characters who’ve been active in the above mentioned genres ONLY in the last 10 years, please.