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09:14 am - Different universes
So, while people are responding with shock and horror to R Tempest Bradford's challenge to not read white cis heterosexual male writers for a whole year, people over at oursin's DW blog are cudgelling their brains to suggest white cis heterosexual male writers that are worth reading. O'Brian, Pratchett, Aaronovitch, Dickinson and uhhh maybe Rex Stout?

Myself- mh, it's the cold turkey thing that stops me. Also of course, no Aaronovitch or Gladstone when they next come out, or Pratchett rereads.

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From:yumiyoshi
Date:February 25th, 2015 02:22 am (UTC)
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China Mieville?
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From:flemmings
Date:February 25th, 2015 02:27 am (UTC)
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I wonder. In the little I've read of him, he rather falls down where female characters are concerned, even if he doesn't exactly do the manly man version. More like- he falls down where *any* characters are concerned: all are (oddly) both bloodless and unlikable.
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From:yumiyoshi
Date:February 25th, 2015 02:32 am (UTC)
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It's true, he might as well keep on writing aliens because they're more believable than his humans. XD I think he just isn't really wired to be that kind of writer.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:February 25th, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
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The Karen Lord book recommended was a nice read, but it's not really what I think of Science Fiction in that it doesn't do anything with its science. It's much more of a straight forward romance in a speculative fiction environment. And it doesn't seem to do much with gender or race either, or at least not in a way that I pick upon. But I'm tone deaf there.
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From:flemmings
Date:February 25th, 2015 10:43 pm (UTC)
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A number of the recs struck me as more fantasy than SF anyway.

Possibly it's the notion of *not* doing anything with gender or race, just having them there, unremarked on, the way white male is unremarked in most male-authored SFF.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:February 26th, 2015 05:39 am (UTC)
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Ah yes, that might be it.

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