Thursday, September 24, 2015

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Signal Boost For a Post About Diversity in Sci-Fi Romance




Via Spacefreighters Lounge, Greta van der Rol put out a call for diverse science fiction romances in Diversity pops up its head – again:

But I'm not the only one who has written racially diverse SFR stories. Science fiction is such a wonderful genre for "diverse" stories. I particularly enjoyed Elizabeth Moon's books Rules of Engagement and Once a Hero, from the Serrano series. She paints a picture of worlds colonised by splinter groups. In our SFR niche, SJ Pajonas  writes SFR with a decidedly Japanese flavour. PJ Dean writes racially diverse books. Please feel free to suggest others in the comments. I know SFR is much more diverse than it is given credit for.

I left a comment and am cross-posting it here to help increase the chances of you being able to find more diverse reads:


Currently reading: Diane Burton's THE PROTECTOR, which has a heroine with brown skin (think: Asian)

One of my favorite reads this year is Lise MacTague's DEPTHS OF BLUE, which features lesbian heroines.

K.S. Augustin's SFR books *routinely* feature diverse characters.

Misa Buckley's TIN CAT, which features a heroine wheelchair user, is on my TBR list!
I've been blogging about diversity in SFR for the past 7 years! The books definitely exist – it's just a matter of knowing where to find them. Here are some TGE posts folks can explore to find diverse SFR titles:

We Need Diverse Books in Science Fiction Romance
http://www.thegalaxyexpress.net/2014/05/we-need-diverse-books-in-science.html
Revisiting People of Color in Sci-Fi Romance
http://www.thegalaxyexpress.net/2013/11/revisiting-people-of-color-in-sci-fi.html
On the White Default in Sci-Fi Romance
http://www.thegalaxyexpress.net/2015/02/on-white-default-in-sci-fi-romance.html
Sci-Fi Romance and the White Default, Take Two
http://www.thegalaxyexpress.net/2015/06/sci-fi-romance-white-default-take-two.html
What Can SFR Offer To Readers With Disabilities?
http://www.thegalaxyexpress.net/2014/06/what-can-sfr-offer-to-readers-with.html
A Place To Start: Casual Diversity
http://www.thegalaxyexpress.net/2015/04/a-place-to-start-casual-diversity.html
Sci-Fi Romances With People of Color?
http://www.thegalaxyexpress.net/2011/11/sci-fi-romances-with-people-of-color.html
In Search of…Handicapped Heroines
http://www.thegalaxyexpress.net/2010/01/in-search-ofhandicapped-heroines.html

I've also covered a variety of individual SFR books in various posts, so feel free to contact me for recs: sfrgalaxy "at" gmail.com




Joyfully yours,
Heather