Americans destroy science fiction.

/Americans destroy science fiction.

When I first started writing a few years back I heard there was this controversy in the genre [science fiction and fantasy]. That diversity was being blocked, or rolled back, by a conservative praetorian guard of writers. My first thought was to man the barricades: to fight with those fighting for this thing they said was diversity, a concept I’ve always correlated with equity.

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The problem, I soon discovered, is that this debate is not about equity, and sure as hell isn’t about diversity. Rather, it is an inside-the-bubble conversation between two groups of American writers, each attempting to claim victim status. Worse, the boundaries of the discussion almost completely exclude non-Americans, and even within the US context there was little mention of disability, and none of class.

This particular tributary of the American culture wars is little more than tiny elite – the middle and upper-middle class of the most powerful country in the world – debating and defining diversity in the genre as a whole. It boils down to insiders arguing how to make awards more representative of 45% of the population (the middle and upper class) in a country accounting for 4% of the global population (the US).

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When Americans talk about diversity, they’re not talking about the world. They are talking about a diverse range of US writers.

T. R. Napper on “diversity“.

Also see this essay by Jeremy Szal.

2016-11-07T08:23:00+00:00 9th November, 2016|Tags: culture, sff|Comments Off on Americans destroy science fiction.