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I had this idea for a long, long post
That would talk about, oh, all sorts of things, and what it is we do when we write, and the various ways in which things can be interpreted, and how bad we tend to be at examining our various preconceptions and beliefs.

And I concluded that it would do no good at all. But here's the thing. I'm clearly not reading enough excellent new sf and fantasy written by and about people whose cultural background is radically different from my own. (In case you don't know me, I am a white middle-class English mother who has unhealthy obsessions with traditional music and small shiny gadgets).

Recommend me some. Encourage others to.

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I recommend The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad, which is a frantic mix of nerd culture, ancient magic, and mysterious artefacts, and it's set in the immigrant community of Edmonton, Canada. I can't wholeheartedly recommend it, because I don't think the plotting is as strong as the characters, and I think it's too long, but it is entertaining. Also I have a copy I can lend you.

Now I am wondering if I can shoehorn a panel about this into the Eastercon schedule...

I am expecting Eastercon to be pretty toxic anyway as a side-effect of the Argument That Ate Livejournal - I'm more worried about going for that reason than for the much more justified reason that I've completely failed to campaign for TAFF.

I fear you would need Thor and Confucius as moderators to keep a panel of this kind at this time from turning into another outbreak of the Argument.

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Thanks for mentioning Schroeder's Mennonite background, which I wasn't aware of. Part of the world-building in Leigh Brackett's The Long Tomorrow is a New Mennonite movement in the post-apocalypse world.

The Carl Brandon Society resources are also a good starting point, and I recently found 50books_poc which has added lots of interesting books to my lists of things I want to read.

Nnedi Okorafor's The Shadow Speaker is excellent -- just finished it the other week. It's sorta YA (in the same world as Zahrah the Windseeker, which is definitely YA), but it's even better written.

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