American Fandom goes to, err, War

Following our post on Heinlein and racism on Friday, maybe we should just do an American Week on the WSB? It seemed to have raised some interesting discussions across the Internet, as N.K. Jemisin writes. There's still a lot of debate going on right now post-Readercon and Genevieve Valentine's complaints of being sexually harassed there.... Continue Reading →

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A Teachable Moment

Ok, we're not sure what "a teachable moment" means, exactly, but it's an Americanism and we loves Americanisms. As James Gunn so helpfully pointed out, American science fiction is the base line against which all the other fantastic literatures in languages other than English must be measured. No, seriously. Apparently it was the idea that... Continue Reading →

African(?) Science Fiction – Michael A. Burstein on the Africa Controversy

Over at the Apex Blog, Michael A. Burstein is extending the debate started by Norman Spinrad's controversial "Third World Worlds" column in Asimov's. Burstein focuses on American writer Mike Resnick, and his treatment of African themes and settings: Mike loves Africa, and has done more than just go on a safari.  Mike has actually gone... Continue Reading →

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