Quick hit: nominate recent fantasy and scifi for awards

2009 December 11
by brainwane

If you love scifi and fantasy, especially works that “assert one’s right to be in the world, even if one is not One Standard Unit Straight White Man”, consider recommending your favorite recent works for awards.  I’ll specifically draw your attention to some awards that encourage work that explores issues of sexuality, gender, race or ethnicity:

  • The Gaylactic Spectrum Awards “honor works in science fiction, fantasy and horror which include positive explorations of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered characters, themes, or issues”
  • The James Tiptree, Jr. Award is for speculative fiction that addresses gender
  • The Carl Brandon Awards are for works by people of color or dealing with issues of race and ethnicity

All three of those welcome nominations from the general public (that’s you!).

One source of recommendations: the 50books_poc SF/Fantasy list and metabooklist.

What are you nominating?

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This post was written by brainwane.

Sumana Harihareswara is a twentysomething geeky gal living in New York City. She grew up in various US cities and states, the daughter of Indian immigrants, loving books and Star Trek. Most recently she managed programmers at an open source consulting firm. With her partner (a programmer she met via his blog), she edited Thoughtcrime Experiments, an online scifi/fantasy anthology.

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