AAMMC 2020 Theme
“In order to rise from its own ashes, a Phoenix first must burn.” ― Octavia Butler
Octavia Estelle Butler was an African-American science fiction author. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, she became in 1995 the first science-fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship
The quote is from “Parable of the Talents“, This Nebula Award-winning sequel to Parable of the Sower continues the story of Lauren Olamina in socially and economically depressed California in the 2030s. Convinced that her community should colonize the stars, Lauren and her followers make preparations. But the collapse of society and rise of fanatics result in Lauren’s followers being enslaved, and her daughter stolen from her. Now, Lauren must fight back to save the new world order.
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“Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought.
To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears.
To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool.
To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen.
To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies.
To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery.” – Octavia Butler
Remembering Our Elders
Established in 1996, the AAMMC has returned after a decade long sabbatical during founder Carolyn Saulson’s battle with multiple myeloma, a cancer related to leukemia and lymphoma that predominately affects people of African heritage. The ressurrected conference will honor her lifetime of achievement. The AAMMC is produced by Iconoclast Productions. Carolyn Saulson – February 24, 1948 – January 14, 2019. Rest in Power.