If science fiction/fantasy is not for you, it's not for you. But if you liked the idea but gave up on it because it was the province of straight white men, let me recommend you take another look: the Hugo and Nebula award candidates are full of amazing stuff like N. K. Jemisin's Stone Sky series, Yoon-Ha Lee's Machineries of Empire, Aliette de Bodard's The Tea Master and the Detective, and Naomi Novik's Spinning Silver.


I remember the stifling white male ideas of the future - I grew up with Heinlein and Bester and Herbert and Clarke. They had interesting ideas but their viewpoint was very narrow. Even, say, John Varley's genderqueer future, even Iain M. Banks', felt imagined by a straight cis white man. Sometime in the last decade or two it seems like publishers have realized that different people have different viewpoints, and those are varied and interesting.

I'm not sure how much I should consider Asimov an exception - he was Jewish, and Jewish folks have historically and currently been a target of racists - Naomi Novik's Spinning Silver is heartbreaking because of the historically accurate anti-Semitism the protagonist and her family face - but in North American culture Jews are often "white enough", and Asimov's writing could "pass for white", at least to my teenage eyes. (I'm a WASP but my high school was 45% Jewish.)

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