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Throughout high school he did the usual ghettonerd things: he collected comic books, he played role-playing games, he worked at a hardware store to save money for an outdated Apple IIe. He was an introvert who trembled with fear every time gym class rolled around. He watched nerd shows like “Doctor Who” and “Blake’s 7,” could tell you the difference between a Veritech fighter and a Zentraedi battle pod, and he used a lot of huge-sounding nerd words like “indefatigable” and “ubiquitous” when talking to niggers who would barely graduate from high school. He read Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman novels (his favorite character was, of course, Raistlin) and became an early devotee of the End of the World. He devoured every book he could find that dealt with the End Times, from John Christopher’s “Empty World” to Hal Lindsey’s “The Late Great Planet Earth.”


From the short story The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao which became a novel that won the Pulitzer prize.

So, comfortably racist sf & f genre? Take your genre authenticity and shove it. When we do us, when fangirls and fanboys write our chromatic realities, when we verb noire, we rise above you and garner awards that you couldn't dream of in your sf & f ghetto. You don't even need to recognize. Because those that have made you outcasts on account of your fidelity to genre? You've elided yourself. When Mike Chabon is given geek cred and folk like PAD are laughed at by other white writers who are publishing in the New Yorker and any Norton Anthology of choice? You've erased yourself from the conversation. When other scions of other racist institutions see us writing/creating/speaking our truths to power? And when we rock hard at it, they prefer to call us 'magical realists' or 'psychic storytellers' or award winning geniuses or whatever, and our books have ghosts, and tech, and monsters (that aren't based on us, though they are sometimes based on the likes of you). White people that don't consider you colleagues award us with Litcrit honors and this after those of us who write like such outsell you. When it comes down to is that amongst the fanboy and fangirl hordes, there are those who become writers within the genre, but outside of 'dom: what is often said of genre names that do come up in conversation is something not unlike, "Will who?"

ETA: A nerd. Not necessarily from the ghetto.

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skywardprodigal
Mar. 7th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
Will do.
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bossymarmalade
Mar. 7th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
I have a brand new copy of this book just waiting for me to tear myself away from the computer, and when I read it I will be thinking of this post while I savour every fucking Pulitzer-recognized word.

Incidentally, my favourite character was Tanis Half-Elven. (!!)
skywardprodigal
Mar. 7th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
I have a brand new copy of this book just waiting for me to tear myself away from the computer, and when I read it I will be thinking of this post while I savour every fucking Pulitzer-recognized word.

Read in good health, bb!

Incidentally, my favourite character was Tanis Half-Elven.

Lauralanthalasa and Kitiara are some lucky heffas.
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skywardprodigal
Mar. 7th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
*bows*
kita0610
Mar. 7th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
So say we all.

I think my favorite comment when I posted a link to this mess was by a friend of mine who actually did say, "uh, who are these people again?"

PS- omgomgomg- I just saw your tag "wings pwn ladder"- SO MUCH LOVE.

Edited at 2009-03-07 08:37 pm (UTC)
skywardprodigal
Mar. 7th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
:)

I was thinking of that, iirc, when I wrote this. I couldn't get 'Will who?' out of my head. :/

Hee. I'm glad you like it. I'm just so OVER that ladder nonsense.
sean_coltrane
Mar. 7th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
PWNDEREPLAY!
skywardprodigal
Mar. 7th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
*air guitar*
chopchica
Mar. 7th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
You are my hero of PWN!
skywardprodigal
Mar. 7th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
:D

Thank you!
beachlass
Mar. 7th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
*points at icon*
skywardprodigal
Mar. 8th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC)
:)
lavendertook
Mar. 7th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
This? Is true.
skywardprodigal
Mar. 9th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
\o/
starfishncoffee
Mar. 8th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
Yay!
And I think I may have just been motivated to get over my mysterious ambivalence about reading Oscar Wao.
skywardprodigal
Mar. 8th, 2009 05:21 am (UTC)
\o/
landrews
Mar. 8th, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
The short story was awesome :notetoself:buybook:
skywardprodigal
Mar. 8th, 2009 05:21 am (UTC)
The book is even better.

It's chock full o' fantastic four allusions, on top of many many more sf & f ones. I nearly fell out from the deep Tolkien lore.
moondancerdrake
Mar. 8th, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
Amen!
skywardprodigal
Apr. 7th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
:)
cognative
Mar. 8th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
My wife just got me this book.
skywardprodigal
Mar. 8th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
:D

YAY!

I want to hear all about your thoughts and ideas. I thought of you!
delux_vivens
Mar. 8th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
And when we rock hard at it, they prefer to call us 'magical realists' or 'psychic storytellers' or award winning geniuses or whatever,

I am truly done with the 'magical realism' label.
skywardprodigal
Mar. 9th, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
Marginalizing bs. Junot's had much to say about that. Junot has a lot to say. Hmm.
deepad
Mar. 8th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
I skimmed this post first time round cause I was afraid of spoilers. My friend who was going to lend it to me has been sitting on this book for ages. I am determined to read it soon.
skywardprodigal
Mar. 9th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
Not to fear! No spoilers except in the short story itself. :D
maschalismos
Mar. 9th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
[makes note to get this book now]

I do believe all I can say in response to this post is [fistbump] and Right On!
skywardprodigal
Mar. 9th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
:D
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