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The City We Became by N K Jemisin

…nce’ that Hugh Mackay dismisses as inauthentic. However, the outworking of Jemisin’s anti-racism theme has, yet again, adversely impacted on people with albinism. By making the evil WHITE, supernaturally white, Jemisin has inadvertently excused all normative whites of guilt. The alien tentacles are white. The personification of the villain is, at first, the White Woman then the Woman In White. Jemisin appears to place the burden of guilt on a grou…

Fall-out from N K Jemisin’s Continuum 9 GoH speech

On Saturday N.K. Jemisin delivered an intelligent, thoughtful speech calling for reconciliation and a better future where all of SFFdom and broader society would be enriched by diversity arising from the full and equal participation of all peoples. I made a few comments about that speech here. In her speech, Nora mentioned but did not name the racist, misogynist straight white male who ran for the presidency of the SFWA (Science Fiction Writers o…

Continuum 9: Guest of Honour speech by N.K. Jemisin

Continuum 9: Guest of Honour speech by N.K. Jemisin Saturday at 12 noon, N.K. Jemisin (aka Nora) gave her guest of honour speech. Although the speech was altered, ad libbed and generally evolved from the written form, Nora put her written speech online here. Fitting with the theme of social justice for this science fiction convention, Nora spoke about her perceptions of Australia’s treatment of Indigenous persons compared with the US’s treatment…

Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N K Jemisin

…Yeine has visions or dreams from a god’s perspective or, even more perplexing, Yeine seems to be breaking the fourth wall although dead. This kind of storytelling usually annoys me — I like things to make sense like assembling a jigsaw rather than to feel I’m in an Escher artwork — but Jemisin carries it off so I cared about Yeine and was compelled to keep reading. In the end, these scenes are all justified within the story, adding to the complexi…

Continuum 9 Sunday: book launch, art and photos

…d Harland with steampunk guitar Richard Harland with steampunk guitar N.K. Jemisin ‘Take a photo of ME!’ Lindy Cameron, Edgar Allan Purr and Jason Nahrung Edgar Allan Purr and N.K. Jemisin Miriam and Edgar Allan Purr Miriam and Edgar Allan Purr Miriam and Edgar Allan Purr Joel Shepherd and Sean McMullen with Edgar Allan Purr Edgar Allan Purr with Trudi Canavan Edgar Allan Purr wonders if he can salvage some books… Edgar Allan Purr with Tali Helene…

Speculative fiction books with disability list 3.0

…isin, N K Broken Kingdoms 2010 Inheritance Trilogy blindness Oree is blind Jemisin, N K Fifth Season, The 2015 Broken Earth Trilogy madness Jemisin, N K Obelisk Gate, The 2016 Broken Earth Trilogy madness, amputation Jemisin, N K Stone Sky, The 2017 Broken Earth Trilogy madness, amputation Jess-Cooke, C Guardian Angel’s Journal, The 2011 PTSD, mental health Jeter, K W Edge of Human, The 1995 Blade Runner shortened life expectancy Jeter, K W Replic…

Disability in Spec Fic list 4.0

…Soldier’s Duty 2013 Jemisin, N K Broken Kingdoms 2010 Inheritance Trilogy Jemisin, N K Fifth Season, The 2015 Broken Earth Trilogy Jemisin, N K Obelisk Gate, The 2016 Broken Earth Trilogy Jemisin, N K Stone Sky, The 2017 Broken Earth Trilogy Jess-Cooke, C Guardian Angel’s Journal, The 2011 Jeter, K W Edge of Human, The 1995 Blade Runner Jeter, K W Replicant Night 1997 Blade Runner Jetty, J Blessings of Stefan, The 2004 Jinks, C Evil Genius 2005 J…

Mainstream culture versus minority representation

…dred Thousand Kingdoms trilogy. The following may seem harsh but I’m using Jemisin’s novel as an example because IT’S ONE OF THE BEST REPRESENTATIONS I’VE READ FROM A NONDISABLED AUTHOR. Context is queen. Jemisin’s blind character pulls weeds out of the garden, never mistaking a weed from a seedling no matter how small. Apparently, her acute sense of smell enables her to say “this sprout is a weed but not that sprout” when they are side by side, w…

Continuum 9 Monday: Misappropriations, Dystopias and F**king knights

…litator? F*** Your Knight and the Horse He Rode In On Richard Harland, N K Jemisin, Jason Nahrung, Jane Routley and Tor Roxburgh discussed “Going beyond the Tolkienesque quest, the Hero’s Journey and the pseudo-medieval European setting.” Medieval European fantasy has been done to death. Richard talked about the sameness of forests after a while – there’s only so much that can happen. The tropes in medieval fantasy were lightly covered including m…

Lionel Shriver, Representation and Misappropriation Part 2

…shoot or a tiny emerging weed in a garden bed by scent alone. According to Jemisin, a cane tapping on stones sounds the same as a cane tapping on ice coating a stone. I beg to differ. Also, a mobility cane isn’t just for sound, users feel texture through the cane. A cane will tap then slip across ice more easily than stone. Canes also need to be light: even my aluminium canes tire my arms when walking a long way and are hazardous when I jog. Canes…

Beasts of the Southern Wild

…to protect her from his violent temper as his illness worsens. Genre N. K. Jemisin has described this movie as fantasy. The aurochs coming to life out of the melting glacier may well locate Beasts in fantasy for some but I felt strongly this was more in the realm of literary speculative fiction, with the aurochs becoming a literal expression of Hushpuppy’s thoughts and feelings as she works through issues. Reading Nora’s review I realise I may hav…

Continuum 9: Opening and Chronos Awards Ceremony (report with photos)

…he exits Paul Collins, Guest of Honour Some of the audience including N.K. Jemisin, guest of honour Mondy Boy (Ian Mond) and Kirstyn McDermott, MCs for the Awards Ceremony Mondy Boy (Ian Mond) and Kirstyn McDermott, MCs for the Awards Ceremony Sharon gives the Chronos Award for the Best Achievement with Kirstyn looking over her shoulder The Award for Best Achievement accepted by Julie Svaganovic on behalf of herself, Emma Hespa Mann, and Caitlin N…

Moar books! Items received with added cats

…ver: Amal El-Mohtar, the blogger who wrote an excellent article about N.K. Jemisin’s guest of honour speech and Theodore Beale, the racist, misogynist white guy whose response is a cause for concern for the entire SF and fantasy community. The title for this one sells itself before you even get to the authors, lol. The publisher says: “The Nebula Awards Showcase volumes have been published annually since 1966, reprinting the winning and nominated…

The Great Debate: Public transport is more exciting than space travel

…out, intellectually beating the pants off the opposition. Next up was N.K. Jemisin, second speaker for the affirmative, who admitted freely that she hadn’t prepared. Nora made a few points, each of which went through one ear and out the other. Later that weekend, Nora shared how she tries to deliberately get lost when she’s in strange cities. She gets on public transport, goes somewhere and tries to get lost because she has the best times when she…

Racebending and raceface in the 21st Century: discussion

a Continuum 9 panel, posted here to facilitate discussion Liz Barr, N. K. Jemisin and Stephanie Lai talked about “The Last Airbender, Cloud Atlas, Earthsea, book covers that portray characters of colour as white. Why do they keep doing this? And why doesn’t it ever go the other way?” Earthsea was hardly mentioned but Airbender and Cloud Atlas kept cropping up, particularly with regards to actors portraying people from other people groups for vari…