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An anthology of short superhero fiction from authors like Aaron Allston, Gail Z. Martin, Michael A. Stackpole, and Timothy Zahn
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Latino/a Rising Anthology

Posted by Silence in the Library Publishing (Creator)
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Hey, guys, we just wanted to give you a quick update about an anthology that's going on right now that we've backed and would love to see fund. It's called Latino/a Rising, and it's the first anthology of Latino/a speculative fiction in the United States.

With the exception of Edward James Olmos’ Bladerunner and Battlestar Galactica, positive U.S. Latino/a characters have been largely absent from mainstream speculative fiction novels and films. Films such as Men in Black and Alien Nation, and shows such as X-Files, express the anxiety that the mainstream has concerning Latinos/as and recent immigrants. Latino/a Rising will contest this trend, showing how Latino/a writers and artists are transforming the genres.

With only 4 days left, it's sitting at about 65% funding, and could really use a boost.

Now, at $12, this one has a relatively high eBook cost, and we generally will not bring books that have relatively high eBook costs to your attention, because of a suspicion that the charge to Kickstarter backers may be higher than what is going to be charged in the general marketplace. That said, we have spoken with the creator of this anthology and have been assured that is will, in fact, be the charge in the general marketplace. And we really think the world needs to see more anthologies like this. Please go out and give it a look.

You can get to this project by clicking on this link, or the image below.

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    1. Silence in the Library Publishing 13-time creator on

      Vita,

      We certainly apologize if that language was off-putting, it was not intended to be so. Honestly, we pulled that language directly from the project that we were promoting, as we generally feel that the best way to portray projects is in the way that they promote themselves. Your arguments are all valid, and we'll continue to work diligently to try to be as accurate and fair as possible in our statements. Thanks so much for your support for our projects, and for the dialogue. These are exactly the types of conversations that we feel need to be had on a regular basis.

      Ron Garner
      Silence in the Library Publishing

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      Vita Ayala on

      I am all for supporting diversity in media, and being Latina myself, this particular work appeals to me, but some of the email was off-putting and I wanted to address why.

      I love the project and fully intend to support it, but the accompanying commentary in the email made me pause.

      First, EJO - though a Latino in real life - plays a Japanese man in Bladerunner and a man of indeterminate race in BSG (in a culture where the default, unless expressly stated is white).

      Second, there are more positive Latina/Latino roles in movues and television. For example EVERY role played by Gina Torres (who has acted in both movies and television since the mid 90s), Lana Parrilla, Benicio Del Toro, and Michelle Rodriguez, as well as many of the roles played by America Ferrera, Anthony Quinn, and many others.

      Third, Sci Fi as a genre had a history of allowing space and power to Latina/Latino characters (though it is true they are not always played by Latina/Latina actors). For example, Star Trek as a franchise has had many named, and sometimes main, characters that are Latina/Latina (B'Elanna Torres, Lt. Ayala). And who didn't love Vasquez in Aliens?

      These are just a few examples, based mostly on the tone set by taking EJO characters (hose mentioned in the commentary in particular) as positive. I will say that I love me some EJO, and Adama holds a special place in my heart.

      What bothered me the most wasn't that any partcular person was not listed, but rather that literally everyone else and every other role was discounted. Or, more that they were straight up said to not to exist.

      We will always need more representation. This project should be backed. It is important. But I was very much taken aback by the commentary. It seemed at first willfully ignoring prominant and importabt actors/actresses. I will give the benefit of the doubt and assume it was not intentional. It is, however, problematic, when it gives pause to someone who is already predisposed to be on board with this sort of thing.

      All that being said, I love what you guys do, and I will continue to support y'all.