Because I said I would give more context|
I keep hearing about this, and i keep wondering what it was all about, and i keep hearing that to really find out what it was all about i had to go out and read a shite-ton of stuff that would probably make me angry, so i've been holding off.
My curiosity is piqued, tho. I keep wondering how an activity that is based in creativity, requires (relative to the overall pool of possible activities and vocations in life) little physical interaction, and is largely populated by people who understand what it means to be socially excluded at some level could potentially be so rife with something like racism.
I don't want to just assume that, like many of the useless debates in our culture, it's a bunch of generally good and compassionate people on both sides merely suffering from normal communications limitations and then emotionally set off by a few rabid extremists on both sides... but i think i do. Of course i wont act on that assumption without doing the research.
Joe, I won't remotely cop to being neutral about this, as I am so enraged I am not only never buying their works again, but actually getting rid of books I already own written by some of the SF authors involved, but Ive been following it from the beginning and can hook you up with some summaries and my take, if you're interested. But I absolutely feel it is not a useless debate, and while often filled with anger and emotion strong words, it so very important.
I appreciate the offer, Splash, and i'll look for an opp (lunch? perhaps after i solve my little employment problem?) to take you up on that. This isn't the first time i've heard about racism (and sexism, and homophobia) being a problem in the fiction world, and you're up there at the top of the list of people i've been inclined to ask what it's all been about.
I'm used to the idea of most debates being lots of good people upset about the acts of very few, and i hope that's the case here, too. Still, if you're throwing away books in reaction to acts committed, i'm very willing to believe that "the few" have done more than propagate misunderstandings, but something blatant. I'm also hoping that i wont find out that "the few" are far more in number that a mere tail on the curve.
While i can't claim to be an author or even enthusiast of any particular subgenre, i do consider myself part of the larger sci-fi and fantasy "consumer" fan base. As such, i have to say i find this news sad. As i said above, you'd think that a world based on imagination would be the most tolerant community out there.