One of the things I’m doing with Read Irresponsibly that I didn’t do on Rat’s Reading is to highlight a few other articles on the internet. In other words, link spam or link roundups. These will include commentary.
The SF Count. Earlier this year, VIDA published some graphs showing the gender bias in book reviews and articles in various bookish venues. Niall Harrison has posted some similar graphs on gender bias for the major science fiction venues at the Strange Horizons blog. I hope he posts the data behind the Strange Horizons counts. That will help show if there are patterns (similar to that noted about Carolyn Cushman and Locus) that can be used to correct the bias. In the absence of that, the obvious thing that can be done is to add more female reviewers. However, if the bias is in how editors dole out review assignments, that’s not a gimme.
2010 Tiptree Award Winner. The Tiptree Award goes to science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender. I’ve read seven of the winners of this award, and have found that they are both thought-provoking and great stories. The only one I didn’t care for was more horror oriented (horror and I don’t mix too well). The 2010 winner is Dubravka Ugrešić’s Baba Yaga Laid an Egg. I’m quite looking forward to reading the book. The Tiptree announcement has the honor and long lists as well.
Another White-Washed Cover?. Neth Space notes that the pre-release cover of Ben Aaronovitch’s Midnight Riot displays the race of the main character, while the copy he actually received did not. I couldn’t tell you if it was intentional or not, but it certainly results in the same effect as intentional white-washing.
And that’s all for now!