What does a black stormtrooper mean for creators of color?

I published a piece for Slate: FutureTense on Afrofuturism. In the article, I take a look at various trends unfolding within black thought and culture on science fiction and fantasy. Are black characters in scifi merely window dressing, or are they part of an emerging movement?

I interviewed Nnedi Okorafor, Ytasha Womack, Lisa Lucas, and Lionel Queen — all creators and publishers of color who are doing amazing work.

You can read the article here.

Article in GigaOm on DRM, Copyright, and Star Wars

credit: Nasa
credit: Nasa

I just had a piece published in the tech journal GigaOm, a popular site in Silicon Valley. In the article, I take a close look at Cory Doctorow’s book Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free and I dive into Star Wars and copyright issues. Copyright and creativity is an issue I’ve been interested in for some time–while I was at Stanford I researched how rights regimes affected writers for the organization Creative Commons, which was then just a start-up in the basement of the law school.

Please give it a read.