Slush God refers to an interesting discussion about the importance of author's race as well as gender.
It all started with a list of Sci-Fi books for the ages in NYT fully comprised of white men.
It continued with comments on the above mentioned list in Locus.
Then Slush God asked his readers to list the top ten books written by women and top ten books written by people of colour. Here is the discussion in Slush God.
Naturally, in a perfect world, these questions would be ridiculous to ask but in our world, apparently they aren't.
There is, however, one things I'd like to add. Some people, yours truly included, don't pay attention to race and gender of the authors. Not because I'm trying to paint myself as a saint, but because I don't usually care about the writer, his life, where he lives or his dog's name. So unless I actually take the time to try to find out, there's no way of knowing the race of an author (jacket picture, but I rarely buy hard covers). As for gender, I only recently found out, for example, that one of my favourite authors is a man (he has one of those names that can go both ways and I always thought he was a she).
But as naive as I pretend to be, I can still list female authors with greater ease than non-white authors. I'm not sure what it means, if anything, but I know it's something I'll start paying attention to more often from now on.
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