5 comments for “Nnedi Okorafor: ‘What the market wants’ is code for ‘white stories’ in science-fiction

  1. August 11, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Reblogged this on Geeking Out about It.

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  2. August 11, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Started reading SF in the 60s. Did Heinlein, Asimov and Clarke, Larry Niven, Poul Anderson, Zenna Henderson, etc. I tried reading Dahlgren at least three times. I doubt that I got 25% into it. I don’t even care what magical realism is. Write a good story where the science and technology is relevant and reasonably realistic.

    It will be the same story regardless of the “diversity” of the characters. The physics is not capable of caring. Good science fiction by White writers was more interesting and informative than most White science teachers. Find the right books and who needs teachers? LOL

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    • August 11, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      Have you ever read any Octavia Butler? I’d be interested in what you think.

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      • psikeyhackr
        February 3, 2017 at 11:48 am

        Read Wild Seed and Lillith’s Brood long ago. Wild Seed is fantasy not SF. Although biology is not my forte Lillith’s Brood did not seem very scientifically realistic to me. I have recommended Wild Seed a number of times. Science and technology have made the “science fiction” society that we must actually live in today. Try doing a survey of Black Americans and see how many can give you a good explanation of electricity. Futurism without electricity? I don’t think so!

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      • psikeyhackr
        February 3, 2017 at 11:54 am

        Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics by Stan Gibilisco

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