Fantasy’s Othering Fetish, Part 3

By Phenderson Djeli Clark This is Part 3 of a three-part series. Part 1 is here, and Part 2 is here. In the 1970s, African-American (now Afro-Canadian) writer Charles Saunders began publishing short fantasy stories in small magazine presses. From the beginning, his stories pulled on African history, as opposed to, as he put it, “the usual… Read More

Fantasy’s Othering Fetish, Part 2

By Phenderson Djeli Clark This is Part 2 of a three-part series. Part 1 is here. In modern fantasy, with its fascination with medieval Europe, it seemed almost fated that acts of “othering” would take root. Some of Western Europe’s founding notions of non-Westerners trace back long before colonialism, as early as the medieval era, where… Read More

Fantasy’s Othering Fetish, Part 1

By Phenderson Djeli Clark This is Part 1 of a three-part series. Over the years demands for more meaningful diversity in our fantasy realms have grown increasingly louder–a clarion call that echoes from the mundane world to haunt our usual lands of elves, dragons, orcs and whatnot. Back in 2010 when local New Zealanders were told… Read More

The Ten Most Read Articles by @WritersofColour in 2014

This has been a big year for independent media. Magazines and websites like OOMK, The Geek Agenda, A Room of Our Own, Libertine, The Occupied Times, Jump Mag, EVB, The Body Narratives, Novara Media, Holdfast Magazine, Arts Emergency, For Books’ Sake, The TV Collective and HYSTERIA have been making waves and producing groundbreaking work, all… Read More

A History of White “Race Riots” in America

By Phenderson Djeli Clark  A reminder of what the term “race riot” has usually meant throughout American history. This list is NOT comprehensive, and does not include events such as the Anti-Filipino Riots, Rosewood, the Zoot Suit Riots or the 26 anti-black race riots during the Summer of 1919. But they offer a glimpse. https://twitter.com/pdjeliclark/status/537752990765944832 1842-Philadelphia… Read More

The ‘N’ word through the ages: The madness of HP Lovecraft

By Phenderson Djeli Clark When, long ago, the gods created Earth In Jove’s fair image Man was shaped at birth. The beasts for lesser parts were next designed; Yet were they too remote from humankind. To fill the gap, and join the rest to Man, Tåh’Olympian host conceiv’d a clever plan. A beast they wrought, in… Read More

Dieselpunk: Myth and Metaphor

Editors note: Dieselpunk is shorthand to describe a fantasy society with an industrial level of development, informed by Cyberpunk sensibilities, The dieselpunk narrative is characterized by conflict vs the undefeatable (nature, society, cosmic), strong use of technology, and Grey and Gray Morality. The protagonists are often Heroic Neutral and have low social status. Black Empire:… Read More

Oh Come All Ye White Saviors

by Phenderson Djeli Clark Earlier this year, Salon magazine’s David Sirota penned an article titled, “Oscar Loves a White Savior.” In it, Sirota noted that ‘If a movie features white people rescuing people of color from their plight, odds are high an Oscar will follow’ –singling out then Oscar contender Lincoln and showing ten others… Read More