Speaking of diversity and fantasy, here are a few other links from the last week or so that I want to highlight:
1) S.L. Huang: "Nobody's Sidekick: Intersectionality in Protagonists," which discusses how lonely it can be to never see any characters like you as the hero of a story
2) Renay (one of the editors for the Speculative Fiction 2014 anthology): "Adventures in Anthology Curation", which discusses why editors who want diverse voices can't simply sit around and wait for them to submit
3) Matt Waldram: "Broadening my Fantasy Horizons": a list of 20 books that Matt pulled together after asking for recs of great fantasy from women & PoC. I don't just rec this list because it has Whitefire Crossing on it. I've read a lot of the other books and every one is both excellent and deserving of larger readership.
Today's pics illustrate why climbers like myself can end up with the unconscious assumption that every woman is Smurfette:
|I spent 3 weeks in the Sierra with these guys
|Ten guys and me in a canyon
|My friend Catherine and I enjoying ourselves at Telluride