Magical Words Link Roundup 5-15-2017


Are you coming to ConCarolinas? We’d be tickled to see you! The schedule is ready to peruse, and we still have a badge just waiting for you!

Speaking of ConCarolinas, we’re thrilled to have the full cast of Authors & Dragons as our guests this year. Their latest episode just dropped, so give it a listen.

If geekdom was never coded as hyper-white, why then is there such a loud resistance to the inclusion of non-white, non-male, non-binary, and non-heterosexual stories and characters?

A common bit of advice given to writers is that story comes first; everything else comes second. With respect to fantasy, this advice is often employed to warn against the dangers of falling down the rabbit hole of world building.

Star Trek: The Original Series presented an entirely unique world to dazzled audiences in the 1960s. Each week, we discovered new aliens, distant green planets, future technology and the complex workings of the Federation. Naturally, this meant a ton of props and sets had to be built, for not very much money.

Spock had the ultimate analytical mind. But even a Vulcan can overlook some minor details. Or, to be fair, the Vulcan’s creators can.

Hal Niedviecki, a white editor of a literary magazine, in an edition of the magazine focusing on the indigenous writers of Canada, wrote an editorial in which he encouraged white writers to include characters who weren’t like them. This outraged a bunch of folks.

Power is “the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.” Responsibility is “the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone.” But the concept this great responsibility conveys, the idea that those with power also have an obligation to wield it wisely, has long been in circulation.

With his debut novel The Martian, Andy Weir experienced the kind of success that fuels a million NaNoWriMo fever dreams.


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