Apr. 5th, 2015

Braindump

Apr. 5th, 2015 02:27 pm
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Thinking just now about how my professional interest in catching up on what people are doing in SF these days has coincided with the Sad Puppies backlash, and how that in turn overlaps with my attempt to make half the fiction I read the work of women or of men of colour. Which probably sounds try-hard, but has been invaluable in opening up my reading, widening my knowledge of history, etc, and discovering writers and works which I might otherwise never have tried. (It's similar to just trying to read outside your usual genre - lots of discoveries to be made.) A useful side-effect has been that even when it comes to white male authors (dead or alive :), I'm still reading more widely: saving favourites - Neal Stephenson, for example - as treats, rather than powering through their oeuvres to the exclusion of all else. Comparably, because I have to save room for non-white and non-male writers, I'm also more choosy about who I read: which is fine, there are a jillion classic novels written by white guys which I want to get under my belt, including the rest of George Orwell's stuff (I've never read "Animal Farm"!). I'm currently reading Solzhenitsyn's "Cancer Ward" - wonderfully black and funny - and I'm pretty sure I picked that up because I came across "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" at Eastwood library and it was thin. So random chance still plays its role as well. :) Anyway, what I sat down to type was this: both last year's Hugo winners and this year's anti-SP voting suggestions provide numerous possibilities for additions to the groaning "read me" shelf. (Partly groaning because William Gibson's fat "Peripherals" is still on it.) I read Ann Leckie's Hugo-and-everything-else-winning "Ancillary Justice" because a Sad Puppy said it won because it was written by a woman. It reminded me of nothing so much as the Larry Niven stuff I adored as a teen. :) So if those guys hate something lauded by others, it's a pointer that there might be something worth checking out. I'd like to be more involved, more political about all this, but right now it's more self-interest than anything else. I guess what I'm looking for these days is as much variety as possible, and listening to less-often-heard voices is a great way to do that.

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