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Posted June 12, 2014

 

New Sci-Fi Novel, Adinkrahene: Fear of a Black Planet, Empowers Blacks

Southern California Ė When Novelist J.A. Faulkerson set out to write his first novel, he didnít know where he would end up. He knew he wanted to write a story that empowered Africans and African Americans, but the full story had yet to form in his mind. But then, while conducting an Internet search on African Adinkra symbols, he came across an image that would serve as the foundation for his first novel, Adinkrahene: Fear of a Black Planet.

The Adinkrahene symbol is nothing but one small, white circle surrounded by two larger ones, but it provided the inspiration Faulkerson needed to create a universe where members of the Black Diaspora are Godís chosen ones. Words that are associated with the symbol are greatness, charisma and leadership. It reportedly signifies the importance of playing a leadership role.

The story opens with an unpublished excerpt from Frederick Douglassís slave narratives. In the 1843 excerpt, Douglass writes about his encounter with a green-skinned alien named Daygon.  Daygon and other members of the Satarian race reside under the surface of Mars, and were created by Lucifer, or Satan, to one day take possession of the Earth and rule over its inhabitants. Luciferís aim is to prove that he is Godís better. But Daygon, an infiltrating Satarian demon turned human loyalist, tells Douglass that Earthís darker-skinned people have been designated by the one, true God to serve as planetary protectorates, being gifted with innate powers derived from the lost Garden of Eden. Daygon contends that this special gifting was bestowed on Earthís darker-skinned people because Adam and Eve were created from the dark sands of Eden, Africa, and, by todayís standards, would be considered black.

Fast forward to today, and readers meet Jonathan Fraiser, a Washington Post political reporter, who is attending an impromptu press conference in the Russell Senate Office Building. During this press conference, Mississippi Senator Kyle Shuler announces his bid to run against incumbent Herbert Newsom in the 2012 presidential election. Four years earlier, Newsom was overwhelmingly elected as Americaís first, black president.  But Jonathan knows Kyle Shulerís dirty, little secret Ė that he and two of his friends participated in the murder of an elderly, black woman when they were teenagers. 

This elderly, black woman was FBI agent Selina Gilesí grandmother and legal guardian. Selina was eleven years old when Kyle Shuler slit her grandmotherís throat. But because Shuler is one to keep his friends close, his enemies closer, he invites Selina to his press conference.  While there, she runs into Jonathan, a longtime friend from college, and they agree to meet for dinner.  During their dinner meeting, Selina tells Jonathan that she now knows Kyle Shuler murdered her grandmother as a Corporate Cabal initiation rite. 

Selina hands Jonathan an aluminum business card with an Adinkrahene symbol and telephone number on it.  She admonishes him to call the number on the card.  Jonathan does, leading to his initially joining forces with Selina as an Adinkrahene Agent to prevent Kyle Shuler from becoming the leader of the free world. But their relationship sours when Selina abruptly severs her ties with the Adinkrahene Reparations Management Syndicate (ARMS) to lead Black-Out, a black militia group that is committed to avenging the Black Diasporaís fallen heroes by any means necessary.

Adinkrahene: Fear of a Black Planet is available for online purchase through Kindle Direct Publishing ($3.99 electronic edition) and Createspace ($7.99 print edition).

 

Read an extended excerpt from Adinkrahene: Fear of a Black Planet on the African-American Literature Book Club (AALBC) website.