Monday, July 27, 2009

Diversity Roll Call Roundup: POC in Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Sci-fi and fantasy was a hit! If you didn’t know where to find POC characters and writers before, here’s a good place to start. A few highlights:

Claudia at the Bottom of Heaven writes about classic science fiction, "From King Arthur’s Court to Delany’s Nevèrÿon." This article is for all you literary geeks.

Stacy Whitman offers an introspective article and impressive list of MG and YA options.

Mitali Perkins from Mitali's Fire Escape writes on "Race, Class and Caste in Hunger Games." This article prompted my choice for the meme.

Ana at things matters a lot writes a thoughtful piece on the issue of race in sci/fi and fantasy.
Find all links with Mr. Linky. The following lists were culled from the posts and comments. I highly recommend you take your time checking out the individual posts over a course of multiple visits.

L. A. Banks - VHL series
Nisi Shawl - whose book recently won an award
Samuel Delany
Nalo Hopkinson
Tananarive Due
Jewell Parker Rhoades
Steven Barnes
David Anthony Durham
Octavia Butler (AF Am fantasy/sci fi)
Derrick Bell (afrocentric sci fi)
Nalo Hopkins (afro-futurism/ black woman centered sci fi)
Kalpa Imperial (fantasy/sci-fi - translated from Spanish available)
Gerald Vizenor's Bearheart
Lee Perry (afro-futurism)
Samuel Delany
Terry Bison Nova Africa (alternative future)
Vandana Singh
Kazui Ishiguro (distopic futurism)
Daniel Heath Justice (Native American alternative future

Dark Matter - edited by Sheree Thomas
Mojo - Conjure Stories edited by Nalo Hopkinson
So Long Been Dreaming edited by Nalo Hopkinson

Return to Nevèrÿon by Samuel Delany
The Shadow Speaker Nnedi Okorafor
Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin's
Patricia McKillip
The Moon and the Face
The Cygnet

The Sorceress
The Invention of Morel by Afolfo Casares
Travels to Fahdamin-Ra by Chaz Young
Troy Cle
Marvelous World
Allende's City of Beast
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. (YA)
The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier (YA)
A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Eternal (YA)
Tantalize (YA)
Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One by Lian Hearn
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin


MissAttitude said...

Ahh so many books to read! Thanks for all the book titles :)

Lost in a Book said...

These are some great books! I've decided to do the challenge and now I have more titles to put on my list!

zettaelliott said...

Hey, Susan--I just shared this with Black Science Fiction Society--hopefully folks there will stop was a great challenge!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

What a great list! Can't wait to go look for some of these - printing it out now!

N. K. Jemisin said...

Adding some more folks to the list:

K. Tempest Bradford (SF/F short stories)
Alaya Dawn Johnson (F novels and short stories)
N. K. Jemisin (shameless plug -- F short stories, novels forthcoming in 2010)
Linda Addison (if you're counting horror)
Owl Goingback (Native American, horror and children's)
Tess Gerritsen (Asian, though she's gone on record as saying she's been discouraged from writing Asian characters by folks in the industry)

Also, you might want to add a link to the Carl Brandon Society, a group promoting PoC in SF, which is currently pulling together a wiki -- there are more authors and works listed there and in their awards, etc. =)

Color Online said...

Hi N.K.

I will update our list. Too bad we didn't have you during the assignment. Hope you'll visit us more often and participate in future CORA Diversity Roll Call memes.