Get to Know 2020 Genre Winner Maurice Broaddus

Science Fiction and Christian Hope Panel (Upper House)

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that fiction reveals the truth that reality obscures. This is nowhere more evident than in science fiction, where depictions of the future are rooted in the real concerns of the present and reveal otherwise difficult truths about our world through the fantastical.

American Christians have often ignored or dismissed science fiction as irrelevant to a vibrant Christian imagination, even as well-respected Christian writers such as C.S. Lewis and Madeleine L’Engle wrote, and write, in the genre. For both Lewis and L’Engle, as well as Christian writers today, science fiction is a uniquely suited medium to depict Christian understandings of sin, redemption, and hope; the problems of the present world; and the Bible’s arc toward justice.

READ: Maurice Broaddus and LaShawn Wanak bring some real…

#afrofuturism #afropessimism #hope

Re-Group – 10/21/20 (w/ Maurice Broaddus)

Join me and my co-host, Anna Tragesser, in a virtual community of creatives figuring out life and work beyond COVID.

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Focus on your vision and creative career for 2020 and beyond while stretching your understanding of what’s possible in the creative economy.

Last week, we gathered with Maurice Broaddus to talk about longevity. After his entire life collapsed, author Maurice Broaddus rebuilt it to fuel his creativity, family and community. He’s thriving today (yes, even during a pandemic!) because he’s designed his future, and refuses to settle for anything less. Maurice will share his trusty tools for decision-making and future-building.

“Homework” assignments and prompts from this session:

1. Make your own Matrix for Opportunities
2. Write your own obituary.
3. Use these questions to journal about trusting yourself.

  • Which has more weight in my decision-making: my intellect or my intuition?
  • How often do I follow my instincts?
  • Do I regularly look to others for answers?
  • What does my intuition feel like? Where do I feel it in my body?
  • How would my life change if I trusted myself more deeply?
  • ACTION: What decision is right in front of me?

Multiverse Convention 2020 (Virtual)

GOH interview

Science Fiction from the Margins Panel

Fantasy in the Real World

Horror as a Social Platform

Future Telling: Past, Present, (Afro)Futurism Podcast

STEM Read Director Gillian King-Cargile (@gkingcargile) talks to experts in history and speculative fiction to hear how pandemics have shaped art and how this turbulent moment in world history is transforming the future of publishing and the genre. Speakers include Valerie Garver (Professor of History, Northern Illinois University), Lynne M. Thomas (Hugo Award Winning Publisher and Editor of Uncanny Magazine), Mary Robinette Kowal (Award Winning Author of the Lady Astronauts Series, President of the Board of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America), and Maurice Broaddus (Community Activist and Author of Pimp My Airship and The Usual Suspects).



So … the late summer has been a bit of a rush.

In the last few weeks I have:

-had a project (Sorcerers) optioned for a television series by AMC

-was short-listed for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award for Genre (for Pimp My Airship)

-The Usual Suspects came out in paperback

-had the Apex Magazine Kickstarter fund in a couple of hours, thus ensuring that I’m now an editor at Apex Magazine

-had my story “The Migration Suite: A Study in C Sharp Minor” picked up for a Year’s Best anthology

-done more (virtual) panels and readings than I can remember ever doing (not surprising since I rarely do panels or readings)

-won the Indiana Authors Award

Somewhere in there, I turned in my latest middle grade novel, Unfadeable (whose rewrites I thought might do me in) and wrote two short stories. I’m currently working on a new one as I bide my time waiting for the editorial notes for the first in my sf space opera series, Sweep of Stars.

All while I’m settling back into in-person teaching at my school (though I gave a talk to the parents of the school over the summer).

With that in mind, I really appreciate the support to my Patreon, which helps me continue to be active in the community. With that in mind, this month we look at:

-[AWESOME PICS]: with apparently a discussion on my writing workspace

-[AWESOME BLOG]: some thoughts on building a platform

-[AWESOME PIMPING]: a look at a WIP for a secret project

-[AWESOME COMMUNITY]: a look at being the resident Afrofuturist at the Kheprw Institute

As always, I appreciate your support of my Patreon. Words cannot express how encouraging it is, especially during these dark times. I really appreciate it…and each and every one of you. Thank you!

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“Pimp My Airship” Wins Indiana Author Award!

Meet Maurice Broaddus, winner of the 2020 Indiana Authors Award in the genre category for his book “Pimp My Airship.”

Indianapolis is recast as a steampunk, sci-fi landscape in Broaddus’ work where themes of power, racism and mass incarceration of people of color are explored. The fast-paced adventure through an alternative Indy follows an unlikely trio of Black compatriots into a battle for control of the nation and the soul of their people. Born in London, England, Broaddus has lived most of his life in Indianapolis. Describing himself an “accidental teacher” (at The Oaks Academy Middle School in Indianapolis), an “accidental librarian” (the school library manager as part of the Indianapolis Public Library Shared System) and a purposeful community organizer (resident Afrofuturist at the Kheprw Institute), Broaddus has seen his work appear in a variety of publications, including Lightspeed Magazine, Weird Tales, Asimov’s and Uncanny Magazine. He is the author, collaborator and editor of numerous novels and novellas.

This week we’re featuring each of the winners of the 2020 Indiana Authors Awards. You can learn more about them at


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Broaddus Wins Indiana Authors Award

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AFROFUTURE FRIDAY: A Conversation with Maurice Broaddus

Today Rasul Palmer interviews Maurice Broaddus, author of Pimp My Airship, and recent recipient of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award for Genre. The topics range from the inspiration of Pimp My Airship, a look at Indiana history, and applications of Afrofuturism to community work.


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Broaddus Wins Indiana Authors Award

Honors keep coming for Maurice Broaddus


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The 2020 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards shortlists have been announced!

Featuring the works of lifelong Hoosiers, professors at Indiana colleges and universities, former residents and others, the shortlists feature stories (fact and fiction) about life in Indiana, about nature and about interesting people. At turns whimsical and serious, funny and haunting, the shortlist honorees address pressing topics such as race, immigration, teen pregnancy and suicide. There are also fairies and airships and voodoo. And yes, basketball.
In other words, they represent the incredible breadth and depth of talent, ideas and imagination that this place—our place—evokes in writers. We hope you pick up a copy (or two or ten) and continue to #ReadLocal. To purchase any of these books through local independent bookstores, visit our page on And, to read more about the authors and the books, visit
Children’s Shortlist:
Crystal Allen, The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Mya in the Middle
John David Anderson, Granted
Gabrielle Balkan, Book of Flight
Skila Brown, Clackety Track: Poems About Trains
Troy Cummings, Can I Be Your Dog?
Helen Frost, Hello, I’m Here!
Michael Homoya,
Shane Gibson and Gillian Harris, Wake Up, Woods
Phillip Hoose, Attucks! Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team that Awakened a City 

Young Adult Shortlist:
Sharon Biggs Waller, Girls on the Verge
Saundra Mitchell, All the Things We Do in the Dark 

Poetry Shortlist:
Lindsey Alexander, Rodeo in Reverse
Callista Buchen, Look Look Look
Eugene Gloria, Sightseer in this Killing City
Debra Kang Dean, Totem: America
Kevin McKelvey, Dream Wilderness Poems
Shari Wagner, The Farm Wife’s Almanac 

Genre Shortlist:
Maurice Broaddus, Pimp My Airship
Sofi Keren, Painted Over
Nate Powell, Come Again
Larry Sweazy, See Also Proof: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery 

Emerging Author Shortlist:
Katie Hesterman, A Round of Robins
Sofi Keren, Painted Over
Robin Lee Lovelace, Savonne, Not Vonny
Chantel Massey, Bursting at the Seams: A Collection of Poetry
Melissa Stephenson, Driven: A White-Knuckled Drive to Heartbreak and Back
Annie Sullivan, Tiger Queen 

Nonfiction Shortlist:
Axton Betz-Hamilton, The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity
Robert Blaemire, Birch Bayh
Ross Gay, The Book of Delights
Nancy Kriplen, J. Irwin Miller
Bill Sullivan, Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces that Make Us Who We Are
Melissa Stephenson, Driven: A White-Knuckled Drive to Heartbreak and Back

Fiction Shortlist:
Brian Allen Carr, Opioid, Indiana
Bryan Furuness, Do Not Go On
Brian Leung, Ivy vs. Dogg: With a Cast of Thousands!
Michael Martone, The Moon Over Wapakoneta: Fictions and Science Fictions from Indiana and Beyond
Chris White, The Life List of Adrian Mandrick

Find out the winners of these categories
(as well as drama) on Sept. 1.
The awards celebrate the best books written by Indiana authors in eight categories and published in the previous two years (2018 and 2019). We’ll also announce a Literary Champion (an individual or organization honored for its contributions to the literary community) on Sept. 2.
In the meantime, follow along with us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter to learn more about the shortlisted books and authors.Learn more about the 2020 Awards
The Eugene & Marilyn Indiana Authors Awards are powered by Indiana Humanities and generously funded by Glick Philanthropies.

The Shelf Stuff – “Meet the Author” Visual Diary

Over on theshelfstuff

This week in our #ElevateBIPOCAuthors q&a series we’re featuring @MauriceBroaddus, author of #TheUsualSuspects—a honest examination about systemic profiling and what it means to break labels 📚

Okay, I have two working spaces: my indoors office (if you squint you can see my active reading pile, some of my boxes of comics (over 20,000 total!), and the active novels I’m working on) and my outdoors office (which I call my “coffeeshop” with my neighbors being the regulars).

This is one of the four bookshelves around here (not including all of my TBR stacks). Speaking of …

I typically read two books at a time, one fiction and one non-fiction (very excited to dig into N.K. Jemisin’s collection since I just wrapped up her The City We Became).

I don’t have a photo of a book from when I was a child, but here are a couple cover images. One is of the first Danny Dunn novel I ever read. I loved this book. Ended up reading most of the Danny Dunn mystery series. I loved him more than Encyclopedia Brown because he was a SCIENCE detective! Second through fourth grade, I read them. In middle school, my first love was The Wolf King. Only looking back do I see its impact on me as a writer. But it’s the first fantasy novel I remember reading.

“Behind the Book” (THE USUAL SUSPECTS) Q&A

Describe your book in one sentence!

When something goes wrong, the principal gathers The Usual Suspects and they have to clear their not-quite-good name.

What inspired you to write this story?

From the teacher’s perspective, it came from my experiences working in the Special Ed rooms when I was a substitute teacher. From the student side, it came from watching my sons navigating their way through the school system. And I wanted to see if I could write Walter Mosley for kids.

Who’s your favorite character and why?

I love most of my characters, but I have to admit that I have a soft spot for Nehemiah. He’s just so … pure. He is who he is, makes no apologies, and makes life take him on his terms.

When and where do you write?

I typically write in the mornings and if my day is pretty free, in the early afternoon after lunch. During the summer, you can catch me sitting on my porch putting pen to paper. Otherwise, I’m squirreled away in my office (home or school).

Who is this book for?

This book is for middle schoolers and anyone who’s ever been in middle school. It’s all about navigating your way through life, dealing with the challenge of the labels people try to put on you.