Diversity in SF/F: A New Resource

I’ve been participating in the LGBTQ Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge for a couple of years now, and I’ve found it a rewarding and worthwhile experience.  The challenge is described thus:

The 2017 LGBTQ Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge seeks to promote diversity and expand horizons amongst readers and writers of speculative fiction.

Read and review books that either:

  1. Are written by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer authors,
  2. Explore LGBTQ themes, or
  3. Feature LGBTQ characters.

Author repeats are admissable.

Remember that we have the LGBTQ Speculative Fiction Resource List here on WWEnd. It is our own resource for finding great LGBTQ books. The books on the list primarily feature Lambda Literary and Gaylactic Spectrum Award winners and nominees.

I have found it particularly challenging to meet the first requirement, however.  While SF/F has traditionally been a refuge of outsiders and non-conformists, authors (understandably, considering the tone of the market) have not always been “out”.  I am looking to compile a list of speculative fiction authors who are.  I’ve started a page, which you can find in my blog’s sidebar or at this link, and I’m asking people to contribute to it.  Please do a little research before offering up a name; the authors who are listed so far are officially out, legally married to someone of the same gender, or specifically have been gender non-conforming in their personal and professional lives.  And thanks in advance for your help!

Link: Diversity in SF/F.

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Pagan Fiction Authors Coming Together!

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Did you know that many of your favourite Pagan authors write fiction too? And did you know that there’s a lot of great fiction out there written by Pagan authors? Pagans have unique perspectives to offer to the world of fiction, from a deep understanding of ancient mythologies to unique character relationships that break the standard mould.

I’m pleased to announce that on Sunday, March 12, I’m hosting a Facebook event to bring Pagan fiction writers and readers together.

Source: Pagan Fiction Authors Coming Together!

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Is Pulp Fiction Making a Comeback?

It seems that I’ve been hearing an awful lot about pulp fiction, especially pulp sci-fi, recently!  All of a sudden it’s like everyone’s talking about it!  As I’ve mentioned, I’m doing some writing for the Tales of the Stellar Deep RPG, which is clearly rooted in pulp sci-fi and horror. All of a sudden people are discovering Conan, Andre Norton, and Edgar Rice Burroughs again.  Doctor Who is in a Renaissance of fandom.  Just today I discovered that Tor Books is doing a giveaway of an Allen Steele book on Goodreads, Avengers of the Moon, which is described point blank as “pulp-inspired.”

I think we may be tired of “grim for grim’s sake” in our literature; certainly there’s enough to keep us busy in politics and economics if we want grim things to discuss!  Perhaps just like people in the Depression and the War Eras, we’ve had so much of our fill of the grimness of the world that we’d rather take our minds off things for a while, and read about heroic deeds of daring-do, where we know the hero has to survive because otherwise would would happen in the next book?  Maybe we’ve had enough adventure in our lives now that we have finally gotten over the idea that “darker” means “more sophisticated” and therefore “better.”

I love pulp science fiction!  So many things that have become so important to the genre originated in those little pulp books!  I would love it if this were true!

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