Since we came up with the acronym SOBSFCon for State of Black Science Fiction, we have had some crazy interesting pronunciation of the word, to say the least.

To show you what I mean, we hit the streets and filmed random people attempting to pronounce SOBSFCon. We shot hordes of eager folks who were highly interested in the State of Black Science Fiction Convention and we are sharing a few on video.

It was a daunting task for many, but what WAS easy was their decision to experience the Blacktasticness of SOBSF Con June 11-12. We look forward to seeing them there. We look forward to seeing YOU there, too.

In the meantime, enjoy the video!

About Balogun

Balogun is the author of the bestselling Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within and screenwriter / producer / director of the films, A Single Link, Rite of Passage: Initiation and Rite of Passage: The Dentist of Westminster. He is one of the leading authorities on Steamfunk – a philosophy or style of writing that combines the African and / or African American culture and approach to life with that of the steampunk philosophy and / or steampunk fiction – and writes about it, the craft of writing, Sword & Soul and Steampunk in general, at He is author of eight novels – the Steamfunk bestseller, MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2); the Urban Science Fiction saga, Redeemer; the Sword & Soul epic, Once Upon A Time In Afrika; a Fight Fiction, New Pulp novella, Fist of Afrika; the gritty, Urban Superhero series, A Single Link and Wrath of the Siafu; the two-fisted Dieselfunk tale, The Scythe and the “Choose-Your-Own-Destiny”-style Young Adult novel, The Keys. Balogun is also contributing co-editor of two anthologies: Ki: Khanga: The Anthology and Steamfunk. Finally, Balogun is the Director and Fight Choreographer of the Steamfunk feature film, Rite of Passage, which he wrote based on the short story, Rite of Passage, by author Milton Davis and co-author of the award winning screenplay, Ngolo. You can reach him on Facebook at; on Twitter @Baba_Balogun and on Tumblr at

2 responses »

  1. You think your acronym is bad? Try pronouncing the one that the international association of barbershop quartet singing has for theirs!

  2. […] in 2018 as Blacktasticon – a lot easier to pronounce, huh? – and they are seeking enthusiastic fans, scholars and creators of Black Speculative […]

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