Photo by Alberto Yáñez.
Mary Anne Mohanraj started one of the Internet’s first blogs, back in the wild days of 1995 when we still called them “Online Journals,” and everyone had to do all their html by hand.
She founded the award-winning speculative fiction magazine Strange Horizons, and the Speculative Literature Foundation, which promotes literary quality in speculative fiction. She has made a lot of her own short fiction available for free on her website.
She’s also a co-founder of the Carl Brandon Society, which works to “increase the racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction.” Her essays about race in fandom have had a substantial impact on my own understanding of racial privilege. For folks looking for a solid introduction to these issues, I strongly recommend her two guest-posts on John Scalzi’s Whatever on race in SFF fandom: Mary Anne Mohanraj Gets You Up to Speed, Part I and Part II.
Mohanraj has an essay in Queers Dig Time Lords, which is coming out on June 4th. Her latest book, illustrated Science Fiction Erotica The Stars Change, is currently available for pre-order. It’ll be released on October 1st.
- Diversity Messes With Your Culture, And That’s a Good Thing: “Culture fit matters only insofar as it translates as “values fit.” If “culture fit” is code for “looks like us and talks like us,” it’s a problem for you and your business, because you are sending a message to many prospective employees that they are not welcome – and depriving your business of the many benefits of a diverse team.”
- The General Medical Council muzzles British doctors who want to post anonymously: “The GMC forgets that anonymous providers have the opportunity to whistle blow. What if a hospital is doing something terrible? … While it would be nice if everyone had the courage to speak up, not everyone does. However, SOME PEOPLE MIGHT FEEL THAT THEY COULD SPEAK UP IF THEY COULD DO IT ANONYMOUSLY.”
- All Tied Up: Homeland And The Female Fabulists: “In an age in which the violent crime rate continues to drop, why do we have to be alert to our surroundings if not because of terrorist wraiths? How could the primal wounding of 9/11 and the subsequent hypermasculinist war on terror not be the secret engine driving these female fabulist narratives?”
- Let me fix that for you, Mr. Howey.: Male author goes to WorldCon, experiences a fan being inappropriately condescending to authors. He responds without finesse.
- The Problem When Sexism Just Sounds So Darn Friendly: “In social psychology, these seemingly-positive-yet-still-somewhat-unsettling comments and behaviors have a name: Benevolent Sexism. Although it is tempting to brush this experience off as an overreaction to compliments or a misunderstanding of benign intent, benevolent sexism is both real and insidiously dangerous.”
- No, I won’t spoil the ending of Bioshock Infinite for you: More detail about the now-famous “I’ll fake-geek-girl YOU” tweet.
- “Reports of harassment and abuse in the field: Study of abuse in anthropological field sites. “Survival in field-based academic science can’t just be about who can put up with or witness abuse the longest – that is not an appropriate metric to measure who is the best at their science.”
- There once was a student from Tucson: Let me tell you what I know about gender and CS: A nice slide deck summarizing existing research on women in CS.
- Sheryl Sandberg: 1% Feminism: “Lean In is not about feminism in general, but about a very particular brand of feminism that, delusions aside, has nothing whatsoever to do with inspiring a social movement.”
- Women in Games International & Girl Scouts Creating Video Game Patch: To be clear, that’s a scouting badge, not a software patch. But you could call it a patch patch if you were so inclined.
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Technically, one can donate to the scholarship fund at any time. But today is the last day that one can buy tickets to win an eReader or an autographed copy of the Dark Matter anthology while simultaneously supporting the scholarship. In lieu of giving you a long-winded plea for participation and money, I’m going to linkspam you a bit.
- Here’s where you can go to learn about the Carl Brandon Society, the Butler Scholarship, the drawing rules, and information about the eReaders on offer.
- Note that the eReaders (Nook, Kobo, and Alex) will also come pre-loaded with fiction, poetry and essays by many writers of color. Want the full list? Click here.
- Need more reasons to convince you that supporting this cause is a good thing? Here’s 5.
- Jeff Vandermeer is doing it, Nicola Griffith is doing it, Jha is doing it, you should, too! (peer pressure!)
- It costs a lot to go to Clarion. Click here to see how much.
- Buy some tickets. Support some writers. Invest in the future of SF/F/H literature if for no other reason than helping to ensure there will continue to be more of it you’ll want to read.
The Carl Brandon Society, an organization dedicated to racial and ethnic diversity in speculative fiction, will hold a prize drawing of five eReaders to benefit the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship, a fund that sends two emerging writers of color to the Clarion and Clarion West writers workshops annually.
In keeping with the Societyâ€™s support of literature from and about people of color, the prizes include five eReaders: two Barnes & Noble Nooks, two Kobo Readers, and one Alex eReader from Spring Design. Each eReader will come pre-loaded with books, short stories and essays by writers of color from the speculative fiction field, including: N. K. Jemisin, Nisi Shawl, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Terence Taylor, Ted Chiang, Shweta Narayan, Chesya Burke, Moondancer Drake, Saladin Ahmed, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz and more.
The drawingâ€™s tickets will cost one dollar US ($1) and can be purchased here. Entrants may purchase an unlimited number of tickets, which will be available from November 5, 2010 through November 22nd, 2010. Sales will close at 11:59PM EDT on November 22nd. Winners will be drawn randomly from a digital â€œhatâ€ and announced online.
To purchase tickets, read details about the eReaders, or to learn more about the Carl Brandon Society, or to see the full rules, please visit the Carl Brandon Society website.