Your assignment: spotlight science fiction and fantasy titles where people of color are the leads, works by people of color in these genres or discuss your thoughts about race in these genres. Do you notice the absence of color? In what ways is race portrayed in fantasy and science fiction beyond using traditional racial terms like black and white? If the book covers prominently features people of color, does it affect your perception? Are we more comfortable with imaginary characters versus different race in these works?
As many of you know, I blog hop incessantly. One of the regular online challenges I discovered and love is Writers of Color 50 Book Challenge and this is where I read a review of Nalo Hopkinson's, Brown Girl In The Ring. I immediately went to Paperback Swap and requested it. Loved it! Guest reviewer, Bonnie Norman's review is here.
In this apocolytic Toronto, Ti-Jeanne discovers that she is third generation seer woman. She's none to thrilled with her powers, but a succession of events forces her to hone her skills and to embrace the gift she's been given. My first introduction to magical realism was Gloria Naylor's, Mama Day. The world of vodun and mysticism and ancestral ties in this genre were all new to me, and I was completely enthralled. Like Ms. Naylor, who spent years researching before writing her novel, Ms. Hopkinson clearly did her homework. This work has legs. The details and the complexity of the writing speaks to the power of language and imagination.
What was first a stumbling block for me- the dialect in The Brown Girl In The Ring turned out to be an integral element to the work. Later, I read an interview with Ms. Hopkinson and she confirmed my observation. See the quote below.
Decemeber 6, 1960
And whenever I worry that some readers may find the language to be too much work, I remember A Clockwork Orange and Riddley Walker, two classics in the genre that were both written in invented dialects.
Zetta discusses New Moon's Arms at Fledgling. I picked up a copy from the library this weekend. To top everything off, we got a copy of Skin Folk from a donor this weekend.
Read a great article on Ms. Hopkinson at Geoffrey Philip's and check out Ms. Hopkinson feature in our Color Online Quiz .
Read more CORA Diversity Roll Call: Sci-fi & Fantasy entries here.