A few months ago, we read Marge Piercy’s 1976 novel Woman on the Edge of Time
for our book club. The main character of the novel is Mexican-American, and the author is a non-Latinx white woman, and unfortunately sometimes that shows. It’s a little clunky in parts. It’s a really good book, highly recommended, no disrespect to Marge Piercy, but there are a few moments where it’s really glaringly obvious that this is a well-meaning white lady writing a Chicano character. But while I was reading it, I started to ask myself, “Has Latinx representation in American sci-fi and fantasy really gotten any better since that book was written fifty years ago?” And the answer is, I’m not sure. So today, we’re talking about it with Karlo Yeager Rodriguez of Podside Picnic
and Jay Hawking.
About Rite Gud: Raquel S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. Matt Keeley, founder of Kittysneezes, is producing Rite Gud for KS Media, LLC. Rite Gud is a Kittysneezes production. If you have questions, comments and concerns, email ritegud – at – kittysneezes – dot – com. Rite Gud is also on Patreon, at patreon.com/ritegud. Patrons receive access to the official Kittysneezes Discord, exclusive episodes and more.
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