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Reviews of speculative fiction, YA, middle grade, and graphic novels, along with stray thoughts, links, and pictures.

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The SFWA European Hall of Fame: Sixteen Contemporary Masterpieces of Science Fiction from the Continent
Kathryn Morrow, James K. Morrow

Roxane Gay Pulls Book From S&S Imprint

If you don't want to read the whole story, here is the end:

 

She found herself "fortunate enough to be in a position to make this decision" — so, she said, "I'm putting my money where my mouth is."

 

Gay said she has not yet found a new publisher for her project.

And because I'm a scifi fan, I recall that time a popular white male author publicly promised not to attend conventions without harassment policies. He got called out for then planning to attend a con with no policy, and his response was basically, "whoops, the publisher and I both dropped the ball, sorry, but now I have to go to this thing I want to go to. It wouldn't be fair to people who had put resources into this!" Because obviously that money was worth more than the safety of participants, got it. Eventually there was a compromise by which he did an event near the con, but didn't attend. Obviously, this in no way impacted his ability to network at barcons. 

 

I just think this is an amazing contrast to see a woman of color make an actual sacrifice for her values, after watching a white dude bumble through failing to keep a straight forward promise and then rely on the efforts of others to technically keep it while losing nothing.

 

Perhaps the difference is having actual skin in the game.