This Veterans Day we honor those who have so bravely served this country. America is founded on the principle of freedom, justice and liberty for all. Our nation’s Soldiers serve daily to protect our country. On Veterans Day take a moment to remember those who sacrifice their lives every moment to achieve peace and democracy.
Veterans Day is equally important for non veterans because it is an opportunity for Americans to learn more about the great sacrifices that have been made on their behalf especially during the past twelve years of war. The United States is now winding down the longest period of sustained combat in our history but America’s obligations to those who answer the call to serve is only beginning.
Veterans need and deserve help as they make the transition from military to civilian life. We must ensure that Veterans are receiving the best care possible according to Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Mcdonald
The VA Secretary recently announced the VA’s newest website Explore VA. Mcdonald exclaims “its a good one stop information resource with videos and easy to understand instructions. Mcdonald also called for a geographic reorganization of how the department works with Veterans through its health, benefits and burial operations.The task is to allow Veterans to connect with the VA and get their needs addressed.
The month of October is proclaimed Black Speculative Fiction Month. A time to celebrate great works of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror written by and about Black people. Speculative Fiction is an umbrella term for Science Fiction, Historical Fiction Fantasy and Horror.
Black Speculative Fiction has risen in popularity due to events such as Comic Con,These types of conventions have been around for decades but have recently reached unprecedented heights. There is now a shared interest with Hollywood which attracts film fanatics as well as comic book fanatics. Because of the diverse group attending these events, Comic-Cons have exploded in popularity and have the potential to have an even larger explosion.. Even television has gotten into the act as Comic-Con is mentioned in the several episodes of the CBS television show The Big Bang Theory.
There are several outstanding authors writing Speculative fiction. Nalo Hopkinson has written several books including her novels ( Brown Girl In the Ring, The Salt Roads. Hopkinson a Jamaican science fiction and fantasy writer and editor. draws on Caribbean history and language, and its traditions of oral and written storytelling. Hopkinson is one of the founding members of the Carl Brandon Society and has been a speaker at science fiction conventions.
Tananarive Due wrote her first novel, The Between in 1995. Since then she’s gone on to author a number of novels that span multiple genres including the African Immortals Series. Another female author N. K. Jeminisin has been awarded a number of awards for her science fiction/fantasy short stories and novels and was awarded the Locus Award for Best First Novel for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Black people do read speculative fiction and these authors reinforce that fact with the overwhelming response they have received. It is also important for Blacks to experience heroes who appear similar to themselves.