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Farewell to the Bigoted Bust

Me, I’m a Bear of Very Little Brain. Multi-tasking R manifestly NOT Us. I have one track and I can work that track pretty hard, but I can only do one thing at a time. This is my year of recommitting myself to my fiction, after several years away. So I’ve kept my focus there since Sasquan. But I do feel the need to weigh in on the World Fantasy Award administrators’ decision to retire the H. P. Lovecraft bust.

Kudos! Huzzah! Hearts and balloons! With a side of it’s-about-damn-time. Thanks to the WFA administrators for stepping up, and thanks to Nnedi Okorofor, Daniel José Older, Sofia Samatar, and others in the SFF community who have raised awareness on this issue. This has taken a real toll on those who were willing to speak up. The burden of being labeled a troublemaker for bringing important and inconvenient truths to light falls all too often on people who are already marginalized. (In fact, Okorofor is reporting on FaceBook that she’s experienced a sharp uptick in hate mail, since the WFA administrators announced this change.)

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What I Do?

My work has been associated with the cyberpunk movement, and has been the focus of academic studies on the intersection of technology, feminism, and gender.


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