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Cutting Edge SF

So there's yet another list of vital SF -- all by white men, some of them dead. I don't want to shout at the author or host site. There are plenty of people doing that already, and it's not likely to be productive.
Instead, let's compile a list of cutting edge sf by other writers -- writers of colour, women, QUILTBAG writers, white male writers who aren't Anglophone or from currently dominant cultures, non-binary writers....
My suggestions include Nnedi Okorafor; Nisi Shawl; Aliette de Bodard; Dung Kai-Cheung; Justina LA Robson; Tricia Sullivan.

(The list also omits some really major white male Anglophone writers, who should be credited, including William Gibson and Walter Jon Williams. That is bad, too.)

I'm also doing this on FB and there's a #CuttingEdgeSF tag on twitter.

Skirt of the day: blue flags



Feb. 16th, 2016 10:24 am (UTC)
That sounds fabulous: I will look out for it :-)
And yes, no LeGuin. No Mary Shelley, for that matter (it's a really out-of-date list). I was stunned.
Feb. 16th, 2016 09:08 pm (UTC)
It's got a non-linear narrative, too, so currently the PoV character/narrator is dying, fighting Alexander the Great with time canons, joining up with Native South Americans to fight the Spanish, ruling a floating city because Europe is fucking gone and South America/any landmass is going the same way, narrowly just escaped what might be an aircraft carrier/the Flying Dutchman... It's GREAT. It's been ages since I had this much fun with a SF book.

(For what it's worth, there's been a trend for uchronias/alternate histories in French SF recently and while admittedly all the others I've read -- and I've read a lot -- have been comics, this one is still the best one so far.)

I didn't mean to derail the post, since apparently the post only referred to AI (going by other comments), so sorry if I did.
Feb. 17th, 2016 11:41 am (UTC)
You are not derailing at all! All suggestions are welcome and needed: I don't like the boundaries we create in genre. They tend to be used to exclude, not include.
Feb. 17th, 2016 10:25 pm (UTC)
I read much less SF than I do fantasy -- and most of what I read in French is comics -- but I may get off my butt one day and post a list of French SFF books I loved through the years. We shall see.
Feb. 18th, 2016 09:13 pm (UTC)
I hope so! I'd love some recommendations for French books (and comics).

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