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Diversity in Fantasy/Sci-Fi World Building
The worlds of fantasy and sci-fi has suffered from a lack of diversity for many decades, despite the wonderful contributions of authors like Gene Roddenberry, Octavia Butler, N.K. Jemisin and Ursula K. LeGuin. This problem has seen some major strides in recent years, and yet some authors are still unsure of how to be more inclusive in their storytelling. There are some tricky issues of cultural appropriation and respecting the unique experiences of underrepresented groups in world-building; I would like to share my work from mybook, The Wonderous Science, to illustrate how these issues can be tackled in creative ways. From researching and using historic elements to ground characters, to adding diverse settings, we’ll discuss how to communicate with readers from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.
Author, Illustrator, and Creator of the Fantastical Brian grew up in Alaska, then Mississippi, and has always been in love with storytelling in every medium. He earned a BFA in graphic design & illustration and an MA in writing & publishing, and now spends his days working in youth publishing through his company, Believe In Wonder, which he co-owns with his wife. He is the author of Crow in the Hollow, You Can Rely on Platypi, and co-author of Obi The Changeling, Nicholas & Sabina in The Busy Season and The Wonderous Science