The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 247): Diversity in Genre Panel Live from PPWC2014 With Carol Berg, Jim C. Hines, Chuck Wendig and Amy Boggs

In episode 247 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Carol Berg, Jim C. Hines, Chuck Wendig, and Amy Boggs, discuss Diversity in Genre Fiction.


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7 thoughts on “The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 247): Diversity in Genre Panel Live from PPWC2014 With Carol Berg, Jim C. Hines, Chuck Wendig and Amy Boggs”

  1. Ill cheer when a “diversity panel” is about things more than skin deep…

    When white liberals realize that diversity of opinion is as important as diversity of skin color…

    But then I am probably just a troll.

    1. “Ill cheer when a “diversity panel” is about things more than skin deep…”

      TW, did you listen to the actual podcast? Did you listen to the stories? This panel was not about things that are “skin deep”. There is real depth to this discussion.

      As far as “diversity of opinion”–please enunciate. What opinions are you talking about, specifically?

  2. Excellent panel and podcast. Sorry I missed it live. I tackle the diversity angle on a regular basis. Patrick, can back me on this, he’s read some of my work. There are niche markets out there that handle it, but the stumbling block is getting it into the main stream. Things are changing, but it’s slow as we tackle stereo types and struggle to overcome them and convince the establishment to look beyond them. Not every gay story is a coming out story, not every black story is one of oppression. Discussions like this at big national conferences like Pikes Peak Writers show marked progress in moving things from the shadows into the main stream. Thanks for sharing this with those of us who couldn’t make it.

  3. I loved this podcast! Awhile back, my younger brother picked up a Spiderman Comic where Spider Man was black. My brother never even touched a book until he saw that comic. Is there any way for me, as a reader, to help the diversity in genre fiction grow?

    1. Kaleb – I’d say one thing as a reader is just to share and talk about the books that get it right. That could be posting reviews or handing it to a friend or just telling folks, “You need to check this book out!”

  4. Usually when I really like an episode or interview I’ll tell Patrick on Twitter, but since I liked this one very much and I had a longer comment, here I am.

    I thought the discussion was excellent and very interesting, but the one comment that really struck me was Patrick’s remark that children don’t show this behaviour, we teach them, so we shouldn’t teach them. I thought that was a really and profound remark and one that is very important. Also: Patrick being profound, I almost fell of my bike in shock ;-)

    But again, I really loved this discussion and it’s made me even more aware how important it is to model the correct things to my girls and perhaps select different books at the library than they’d normally gravitate to (my eldest is in her princess phase atm). So thank you!

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