If a fantasy or scifi universe has wizards, aliens, fairies, spaceships, or whatever fictional element in it, can’t it also have dark skinned or nonbinary or queer characters in it? Niba guides us through arguments for and against inclusivity in fiction, as well as how writers can incorporate diversity if they themselves have not lived that experience. How can a fictional world be real-world inclusive?
Then Mariquita shares a stunning, evocative review of My Soul Looks Back by Jessica B. Harris.
Follow and support today’s hosts:
The Mermaid, The Witch, and The Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
A Thousand Begins and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman
My Soul Looks Back: A Memoir by Jessica B. Harris
This episode was edited and produced by Renee Powers on the native land of the Dakota people.
Original music by @iam.onyxrose