May 8, 2009

Have I even read SF/fantasy by white women or people of color?

In my ill advised blog post, ithiliana asked:

I doubt you and I'll be talking much, but I did want to challenge your
language, as well as note the fact that the only authors you can cite
are white men. Have you even read sf/fantasy by white women or people
of color?


Books Read in 2009 written by women:
Empire of Ivory, Naomi Novik
All the Windwracked Stars, Elizabeth Bear
City Without End, Kay Kenyon
Santa Olivia, Jacqueline Carey
Kitty Goes to Hell, Carrie Vaughn
Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand, Carrie Vaughn
Kitty and the Silver Bullet, Carrie Vaughn
Kitty Takes a Holiday, Carrie Vaughn
Kitty Goes to Washington, Carrie Vaughn
Kitty and the Midnight Hour, Carrie Vaughn

Books Read in 2008 written by women:
Prospero Lost, L Jagi Lamplighter
Sharing Knife: Horizon, Lois M Bujold
Sharing Knife: Passage, Lois M Bujold
Tooth and Claw, Jo Walton
The Golden Key, Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Roberson and Kate Elliott
Kushiel's Justice, Jacqueline Carey
Whiskey and Water, Elizabeth Bear
Selling Out, Justina Robson
The Twisted Citadel, Sara Douglass
The Gate of Gods, Martha Wells
A World too Near, Kay Kenyon
Wolf Who Rules, Wen Spencer

Compared to the large number of books I read, not that good of a record.
I don't read enough SF or anything by women or authors of color, I admit it. I need to do better.

Posted by Jvstin at May 8, 2009 8:55 PM

Let's start with Mary Shelley (Frankenstein) and go to Samuel Delany (Stars in my Pocket like Grains of Sand and Others), Ursula K LeGuin (The Left Hand of Darkness And countless others), C J Cherryh, Andre Norton (Yes, still female), or the Great Octavia E. Butler who is both Black and Female. D.C Fontana and Anne McCaffrey and Jeanne Robinson who is more than just Spider's wife. (Telempath and Others) And those just off the top of my head. Even if I had to google how to spell some of the names.

I must admit ire to questionable quips like that. It isn't that you don't read enough of a percentage. There is no affirmative action in the SF industry. No Inner City busing of authors into other publishing-neighborhoods. Considering the percentage of Female/Minority authors to White Male ones, I think you do more than enough.

Posted by: Greg"Diverse"Weimer at May 8, 2009 10:36 PM
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