About Stafford Battle

The Original Black Geek

Stafford Battle has been called one of the original Black Geeks and Black Pioneers of the Net. He was a founder of the City of New Elam and co-author a Black Resource Guide to the Internet in 1996.

Today, he is a tech writer and blogger living in a quiet suburb just outside of Washington, DC. He is also an Instructional Designer developing online educational modules for medical students.

His publications include: AFRO Sci-Fi Anthology, Rage of the Mamba and the upcoming AFROFuturist Bible.

As the Coauthor of "The African American Resource Guide to the Internet and Online Resources" published by McGraw-Hill one of the first Internet books written by and for African Americans, his stories have appeared in the online magazines such as "Expanded Horizons" and is included in anthologies such as Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology and other venues.

Stafford Battle considers himself to be an AFROFuturist. He writes about African demons, Nubian warrior queens and kings, Black people in outer space, AFRO-horror, sword and soul and wild weird west. He uses history and speculations about the future of humankind. He seeks to entertain, educate and enlighten. Stafford has been a magazine editor, freelance writer, webmaster, and adjunct professor at Howard University, Prince George’s Community College and elsewhere. You can read his blog at http://www.sbattle.com . His other website is: http://www.staffordbattle.com. He is an original member of the Black Science Fiction Society, Black Author Showcase and other literary organizations.

Battle won his first writing contest in the 7th grade at Jefferson Junior High School in Washington, DC. The prize was an airplane trip around the city. That was the same year when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated and the country erupted into urban riots. From the front stoop of his home, the Battle family could smell teargas and feel the heat of stores burning.

Battle was using the Internet long before there was a World Wide Web. He wrote a fiction serial call "Tears of the Princess" for the Source (which was later swallowed up by AOL). At the dawn of the World Wide Web, Stafford was a co-founder of the "City of New Elam" one of the first black web sites. He self-published a book called, The African American Resource Guide to the Internet and Online Services with Dr. Rey O. Harris. Within a few months, McGraw-Hill republished the book. Stafford traveled the country appearing on TV and Radio shows and appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country. News stories about Battle have appeared in The Washington Post, LA Times, USA Today, and other major outlets. The Discovery Channel did a short video presentation on Battle and Harris that was aired nationally.

Currently, Battle is finishing work on several publishing projects as well as developing a Digital Curriculum for Howard University College of Medicine.