Chicago native William Hayashi is a four decade veteran of the IT industry, an award-winning screen writer and a novelist.

His Darkside Trilogy answers the question: What would happen in America if African Americans were discovered secretly living on the backside of the moon since before Neil Armstrong landed?

Hayashi’s first four scripts were made into movies. The first, written for the 2009 International 48 Hour Film Project won for Best Script in Chicago.

He is also the host of the weekly Genesis Science Fiction Radio series, an online show for this web site. Hayashi interviews notable creators of Black science fiction and fantasy novels, comics, films and other Black-oriented content.

Hayashi spends much of his time in philanthropy building and maintaining computer labs and networks for not-for-profits.




Thaddeus Howze was a New York native and found his way to the West Coast as a consequence of his military service. He's a California-based technology executive and author whose non-fiction and online journalism has appeared in publications such as The Enemy, Black Enterprise Online, Urban Times, the Good Men Project, and Thaddeus Howze has published two books, Hayward's Reach (2011) and Broken Glass (2013). He maintains a nonfiction blog on science and technology at A Matter of Scale ( He writes speculative fiction




Ronald T. Jones is a Chicago-area based science fiction/fantasy writer and an enthusiastic history buff! In addition to Subject 82-42, he is the author of Chronicle of the Liberator and Warriors of the Four Worlds. He has written a string of science fiction/fantasy short stories featured in the following anthologies: Black Science Fiction Society’s Genesis, Genesis II, Griots, Griots II, Bloodlines: Tales From the African Diaspora, Scifi Talk Tales of Time and Space, and Steamfunk. Be on the look out! This dynamic word maestro has more literary excitement on the way!



Nicole Givens Kurtz

Nicole Givens Kurtz is the author of the science fiction/cyberpunk Cybil Lewis series. 

Her speculative fiction novels have been named as finalist in the 2006 Fresh Voices in Science Fiction, EPPIE finalists in Science fiction, and DREAM REALM AWARDS Finalist in science fiction.

Her short stories have appeared in such noted publications as Crossed Genres, Tales of the Talisman, and anthologies such as Six Guns Straight from Hell, Space Cops, and Black Science Fiction Society's Genesis Anthology II.

Nicole is often a guest at science fiction and fantasy conventions, where she frequently serves as a panelist on dystopian literature, anime, and electronic publishing.



Rasheedah Prioleau

Rasheedah Prioleau is a southern African American writer with an eclectic range of writing and ghostwriting credits. After a few years in the corporate world she started over from the bottom as an unpaid intern for a literary manager and never looked back. 

"I love to write because there are no limits. All it takes is a finite space of time and I can create a story from infinite possibilities.”

Writers who have influenced her include: Judy Bloom, Jude Deveraux, V.C. Andrews, Octavia Butler, Stephanie Meyer, Charlaine Harris, Joss Whedon, William Nicholson, Shonda Rhimes, Quentin Tarantino, Tyler Perry, Mike Kelley, and J.J. Abrams... just to name a few.



Jarvis Sheffield

Jarvis Sheffield, M.Ed. has been involved in various forms of multimedia for over 20 years. He has done graphic design, web design, video and animation multimedia and has written technical articles for various publications. He has also taught seminars, workshops, and classes on technology and education.

He holds a BS degree in Interdisciplinary studies from Tennessee State University and Master’s Degree in Education from Trevecca Nazarene University.

He is Owner of multimedia production company, which is the parent company to He is also editor for Genesis Science Fiction Magazine and Genesis Anthology of Science Fiction.



Ytasha L. Womack

Ytasha L. Womack is an author, filmmaker, dancer and innovator. Her book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy explores black sci fi culture, bleeks, black comix, and the legacy of futurism.

She is author of the critically acclaimed book Post Black: How a New Generation is Redefining African American Identity and Rayla 2212. She is also the coeditor of the hip hop anthology Beats, Rhyme & Life: What We Love and Hate About Hip Hop.  

Her films include Love Shorts (writer/producer) and The Engagement (director).  

Ytasha is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and studied media management at Columbia College in Chicago. She resides in the Windy City.



K. Ceres Wright

Ms. Wright received her Master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, and Cog was her thesis novel for the program. An accomplished poet, Wright’s science fiction poem “Doomed” was a nominee for the Rhysling Award, the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s highest honor. Her work has appeared in Amazing Stories blog: Hazard Yet Forward;Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction; Many Genres, One Craft; The 2008 Rhysling Anthology; The Dark God's Gift; Far Worlds; Diner Stories: Off the Menu (upcoming); FictionVale (upcoming); The City Anthology (upcoming).


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