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Comic Con THIS Weekend

October 2nd, 2014

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I’m a panelist at Austin Comic Con on Saturday, and we’re going to be talking about diversity in science fiction. In July of this year, Lee & Low Books created and shared an infographic describing the diversity gap in sci-fi and fantasy films. Their statistics are based on the top 100 domestic grossing sci-fi and fantasy movie. These statistics include:

That’s not to say all sci-fi and fantasy lacks diversity. Television has fared better than film, and there’s probably no better example of that than the various Star Trek series. From the very beginning, Star Trek was about diversity and acceptance. It’s easy to miss the messages behind the storylines today, but in 1966, Star Trek was revolutionary for its depiction of racial and gender diversity. Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek creator and man-ahead-of-his-time, once said, “If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear.”

Can’t wait to discuss the issue with other sci-fi/fantasy professionals and take questions from attendees. If you’ll be in Austin and want to join, the panel is at 3:30pm in Room 10AB! For tickets & info: http://ow.ly/CdKQT.

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