Delany article on racism and scifi now up at New York Review of Sci Fi

http://www.nyrsf.com/racism-and-science-fiction-.html

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Comment by Ronald Smith on June 10, 2009 at 12:08pm
Dear Sister Carole,
It does my heart good just to know that there are brothers and sisters like you who have an advanced awareness of the importance of positive powerful Black images in literature and the media. I would like to converse with you about your efforts as a writer and activist.
I understand that your life partner is an accomplished artist. I have several stories in need of an experienced artist to bring them to life as graphic novels. I have spent the last two years developing my abilities as an artist. I can do character sketches and some perspective work. I would appreciate any assistance that you or your husband can provide in this regard. I would also love to discuss the plotlines of two stories in particular. The first one is set in a future fascist America. It is primarily about the struggle of three genetically engineered agents against a brilliant but warped super scientist who has sold top secret implant technology to Red China. Let me know as soon as possible if you would like to assist in developing this story into graphic novel series format.
Ron
Comment by Carole McDonnell on April 23, 2009 at 6:22pm
It would be good. Carlbrandon society does all kinds of specfic. But your WACD gearing specifically toward scifi would really show that we exist in the FUTURE! -C
Comment by Eugene Allen Wilson on April 23, 2009 at 5:42pm
I really enjoyed reading this article. I was disturbed, though not surprised, at the racism that Delany had experienced during his earlier writing days. Science fiction writers of just about any minority have a serious challenge of getting their works accepted by main stream publishing houses regardless of how good the story is. Yet, many writers, myself included, are determined to meet this challenge. As I was growing up in the late fifties and sixties, I saw and experienced much of the flagrant racial attitudes in many aspects of society. Science fiction, especially for African American people, is the "final frontier" so to speak. The only way that minorities can conquer this expanding universe is to keep writing.

In the back of my mind, I have long had this idea of an organization called the Writers Association for Cultural Diversity. In essence, it would be an organization that would encourage and promote science fiction works of writers from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Of course, this is just an idea.

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