Return with Steve to Darkest CGI’d Africa, where we’ll meet up with Tarzan, Jane, and Colonel Williams. (Who?)
Some of the blunt, knee-jerk assumptions that are made in much fantasy art are less obvious, and therefore more insidious. These are often assumptions about gender roles, and ethnicity.
Scide Splitters reviews Eric Frank Russell’s hilarious classic, The Great Explosion – possibly the funniest libertarian science fiction novel ever written.
The first thing to note is that there don’t appear to be a lot of pictorial representations of Earthsea. The second thing is that artists seem to have a hard time visualizing the characters of the book the way they have been described by the author.
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Media apologists everywhere would have you believe that Hollywood only runs the way that it does because of this concept called “marketability.” We could never have Asian-American headliners in an Akira movie because we don’t have enough big-name Asian-American actors. We can’t keep the integrity of the original story because it’s not culturally significant to an American audience. God forbid a movie challenge an audience’s perspective on another culture or give them an insight into how other parts of the world react to certain situations
Morgana Santilli reflects on a year of posts and blogging. Happy Blogiversary!
American Horror Story: Coven makes me uncomfortable. Not uncomfortable because it’s frightening or gross or shocking. Uncomfortable in how it handles race. I’m not entirely sure how to process Coven‘s take on race—I’m a straight white male in America, part of perhaps the most privileged class of people in the history of the world—but I […]
Morgana Santilli discusses etiquette of how to say you aren’t interested in anime, and the prejudice you show in saying you don’t like anime.
Are speculative fiction’s attempts at promoting diversity working? Take a selfie to find out…
It is extremely difficult, as a creator of any sort, to escape your culture.
Conventions, Readings, Scientific Advances, Awards, Trouble Makers and Just Plain Fun Stuff
I think Django Unchained is one of the ballsiest, most badass flicks I’ve seen in ages — significantly more mature, artful, and honest than Tarantino’s own Inglorious Basterds, I’d argue. Its unflinching portrayal of the acts committed against an entire culture for centuries, exposing the ugliness beneath America’s blood-soaked rug, is beyond commendable. Academy Award winner […]
Does fantasy fiction feed racism? An important distinction between literature and film is often elided. Arthur Conan Doyle on the classification of peoples and my thoughts on the Boston Marathon bombing.
Are there too many people on the planet? Science fiction bears much of the responsibility for spreading this meme, which can be unpleasantly tinged with racism. But now and again a great science fiction author develops a more inspiring and pro-human approach to the population question.
The concept of race in Middle Earth bears a strong resemblance to racist concepts that were popular during Tolkien’s youth. Readers need to be aware of these concepts and guard against taking them literally.