Khasm13 : Beyond ‘Game of Thrones’: Exploring diversity in speculative fiction

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  1. Khasm13

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    for my sci fi heads....


    Last August, Weird Tales magazine, long a fixture on the speculative fiction landscape, got hit with a heavy dose of online fury.
    The publication had made plans to publish an excerpt from an ecologically themed dystopian novel in which whites are the oppressed minority and their oppressors are referred to as “coals.”
    Those who attacked the work were upset by a number of elements seen as racially problematic, up to and including the title, “Saving the Pearls,’’ “pearls” being the book’s term for white people and a word read as charged with an altogether different tenor than the notion of “coals.” In response to the outcry, the magazine pulled the excerpt.
    Online protests and allegations of racial weirdness in science fiction and fantasy are hardly new, but they began to seriously come to a head with the still contentious Internet debate dubbed “Race Fail 2009,” sparked when authors and readers clashed over ideas about culturally insensitive depictions in fantastic literature.
    That conversation has helped galvanize writers and fans of color in the science fiction and fantasy (SFF) community; their voices could be heard loudly in the swirl of protest over the Weird Tales excerpt.
    For many, one larger objective is pushing back against the notion that readers of color don’t read SFF. “I think the effect is forcing editors, publishers and marketers to reassess their assumptions as to what is acceptable and what will be noticed,” said K. Tempest Bradford, a writer and critic who serves on the board of the Carl Brandon Society, an organization devoted to exploring race and ethnicity in speculative fiction.

    http://herocomplex.latimes.com/book...xploring-diversity-in-speculative-fiction/#/0
     
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    i love sci fiction. i hate fantasy.

    i'm glad they don't have any black people in that thrones mess…..just white people doing what they do
     
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    i don't even watch tv...but i occasionally browse the tv shows on netflix and amazon....
    going through the sci-fi genre i searched for one show out of about 300 titles that had a black person in a leading role...alas, there was none...just white males with "powers" or "special insight" or blah blah blah....
    it's depressing...

    there were a couple black side kicks though...:puke:

    one love
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    :10500: well wesleys in the joint…..
     
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    1. Snipes is free

    2. Thrones had a brother in season II





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    The Chinese have 6 HDTV channels, their kids aint gotta look at no White man as a swordsman! They play their Wuxia with pride! Why do we seek integration still?
    The rich history of Kemet, Great Zimbabwe, Timbuktu and the Moors, has nuff material to make a hundred sword and sorcery novels, comic books, movies, and TV dramas!

    The NAACP well aware of the racist images in each and every one of the six Star wars movies saw fit to give that racist knucka; Lucas an award for one war movie, that didnt make a dime and was basically a remake of the Tuskeegee airmen![​IMG]
     
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    If Octavia Butler's "Kindred" can be made into a graphic novel, then it can be made into a movie and TV series as well, maybe Sophia Stewart would be involved in the screenwriting.

    Abrams ComicArts to Publish Adaptation of Octavia Butler’s ‘Kindred'

    By Calvin Reid |
    May 08, 2013



    In an announcement that offered more irony than may have been intended, Abrams ComicArts plans to publish a comics adaptation of renowned science-fiction author Octavia Butler’s acclaimed novel, Kindred, and noted that the book will be edited by newly hired senior editor Carol Burrell. As it turns out, Burrell, a well-regarded cartoonist herself, is probably the perfect editor for the book since she was originally chosen back in 2009 to adapt and draw the novel for another publisher.
    Abrams ComicsArts plans to publish a graphic adaptation of Butler’s Kindred, the story of a contemporary young African American woman who finds herself mysteriously transported back in time to the antebellum South and slavery. The book offers a frightening look at the reality of slave life and the violence and fear that was pervasive in the lives of slaves during those times. The deal to publish the adaptation was negotiated by literary agent Merrilee Heifetz of Writers House, who represents the estate of Octavia Butler, who died in 2006.
    http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/comics/article/57156-abrams-comicarts-to-publish-adaptation-of-octavia-butler-s-kindred.html?utm_source=Publishers Weekly&utm_campaign=7127c5ed21-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-7127c5ed21-304422229
     
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