Thursday, April 30, 2015

Diversity in Sci-Fi & Fantasy

If you're interested in science fiction and fantasy, you might know about the Hugo Awards, one of the most prestigious awards for science fiction and fantasy. But have you heard about the Hugos and the Sad Puppies debacle this year?

For a quick breakdown, the Sad Puppies (they named themselves this, and there's an extreme group of them called the Rabid Puppies) are a group of conservative authors who want the Hugos to highlight more conservative literature. Depending upon who you talk to, their definition of conservative ranges from politically conservative to having less women and less diversity in the Hugos. The Sad Puppies helped skew the Hugo nominations this year so that the majority of authors nominated are on their approved Sad Puppies list. What they did wasn't illegal, they worked within the rules of how voting occurs, but it left a bad taste in some peoples' mouths, so much so that some nominees who are not part of the Sad Puppies have declined their nominations.

For a more extensive breakdown, check out this article: How the 'Sad Puppies' Internet Campaign Gamed the Hugo Awards.

We don't collect a lot of science fiction and fantasy books here, nothing like you'd find in your local public library, but we do have some. When we heard about the Sad Puppies campaign, we thought we'd make a Pinterest board highlighting some good, diverse science fiction and fantasy because we appreciate diversity of all kinds in our literature. To find a good read, check out our board:

We'll continue to add to this board and buy some more science fiction and fantasy for our collection, so if you have any suggestions, let us know.

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