Fantasy shouldn’t read like a history bookMay 7, 2009
An interesting discussion is happening about Patricia Wrede’s Thirteenth Child – where people are surprised that there’s something problematic about a fantasy book in which the colonists come to find an uninhabited America filled with wild, dangerous, magical creatures.
It’s unsurprising this is happening at Tor, where earlier this year we had two editors not only stay classy by calling people of color “orcs” but also make threats of a professional nature towards writers of color.
And people still seem surprised that, ultimately, the response from a lot of us at this point is to walk away. Thankfully, we’re building our own.
(ETA: Also, this just a week after We Shall Remain aired.)