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melannen ([personal profile] melannen) wrote2017-07-25 07:11 pm
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FMK #18: Writers of Color

Last week's F win was a tie between The Dragon and the George and Goblin Quest. I am waffling over which one to pick. Goblin Quest had discussion in the comments, but on the other hand, reading it would break my unbroken streak of not having read any of the many Hines novels I own.

K winner was the Callahan. I am going to keep Callahan's Crosstime Saloon but this may be the nudge I needed to just drop the rest.


Anyway, this week's FMK theme is SF by Anglophone Writers of Color. We will pretend the reason it was tough to get a set of ten together for this is that when I get one of these it doesn't linger as long on the to-read pile. (Actually, it was tougher than I expected because finding out race for a lot of SF writers - especially older and more obscure ones - is not simple. There does not seem to be an easily accessible and accurate masterlist of SF Writers of Color out there. And at some point, for some of then, I found myself thinking that if they aren't interested in making their ancestry part of their public bio, I need to not be looking this hard. I never did figure out if Philip Jose Farmer is actually in any way Hispanic.)

How FMK works, short version: I am trying to clear out my unreads. So there is a poll, in which you get to pick F, M, or K. F means I should spend a night of wild passion with the book ASAP, and then decide whether to keep it or not. M means I should continue to commit to a long-term relationship of sharing my bedroom with it. K means it should go away immediately. Anyone can vote, you don't have to actually know anything about the books.

I pick a winner on Friday night (although won't actually close the poll, people can still vote,) and report results/ post the new poll on the following Tuesday, and write a response to the F winner sometime in the next week.

Link to long version of explanation (on first poll)


Poll #18611 FMK #18: SF Writers of Color
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 39


Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (1993)

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F
16 (43.2%)

M
20 (54.1%)

K
1 (2.7%)

The Fall of the Towers by Samuel R. Delany (1970)

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F
16 (59.3%)

M
9 (33.3%)

K
2 (7.4%)

The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton (1968)

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F
14 (66.7%)

M
6 (28.6%)

K
1 (4.8%)

Moses, Man of the Mountain by Zora Neale Hurston (1939)

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F
11 (55.0%)

M
8 (40.0%)

K
1 (5.0%)

Helen and Troy's Epic Road Quest by A. Lee Martinez (2013)

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F
13 (65.0%)

M
5 (25.0%)

K
2 (10.0%)

The Tempest Tales by Walter Mosley (2008)

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F
8 (50.0%)

M
5 (31.2%)

K
3 (18.8%)

Border, Breed nor Birth by Mack Reynolds (1972)

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F
7 (43.8%)

M
4 (25.0%)

K
5 (31.2%)

Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe by George Takei (1979)

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F
19 (79.2%)

M
2 (8.3%)

K
3 (12.5%)

The 51st State by Nkosi White (2010)

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F
10 (66.7%)

M
4 (26.7%)

K
1 (6.7%)

Amped by Daniel H. Wilson (2012)

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F
7 (46.7%)

M
3 (20.0%)

K
5 (33.3%)



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