Some things are just so obviously right to me that it's hard
for me to intelligently discuss them. Embracing diversity is one of those
things. To me, diversity's inherent
importance is as inarguable as the fact that the Earth is round.
I think diversity is key in good fiction. If (when, fingers crossed) this Kickstarter
succeeds and I open Bursts of Light for submissions, I'm hoping to get stories
from all over the world, from authors from every walk of life. One of the major reasons that I'm not trying
to put out a book full of my own fiction because my point of view isn't the
only one that interests me. I want to
read stories from authors and about characters of every gender, race, religion,
nationality, heritage, and lifestyle.
Our own world is so full of interesting differences. Different mythologies and cultures are fascinating
to me--that's part of what has always drawn me to speculative fiction. People are so diverse in our present, there's
no reason to think they will be less so in the future. And why create a fantasy world that is less
interesting than our own?
Eugie Foster and Hilary Moon Murphy are two of my favorite
short fiction authors. I've also enjoyed
everything I've read from Lavie Tidhar, Shweta Narayan, and Rose Lemberg (who is a friend. But she's also amazing). And that's just scratching the surface. If you're interested in diversity in fiction,
check out the World SF Blog.
And, cause I have to say it--think about supporting my Kickstarter, if you haven't already. If you have, THANK YOU! Each and every donation means the world to me.