Diversity is something often on my mind. I’ve been thrilled to see translated Science Fiction becoming available in bookstores recently. It’s easy to forget that we — the white, english speakers of the world — aren’t the only ones with fantastic imaginations.
My Clarion instructors Jeff and Ann VanderMeer have an almost encyclopedia-like knowledge of foreign fiction. They recently spent some time in Finland, meeting with many of the Finnish SF/F community.
Finnish Science Fiction and Fantasy: Johanna Sinisalo, Hannu Rajaniemi, and Moomins
Finnish SF and Fantasy: An Established Community, a Surge of Talent
Finnish Weird–and Finnish SF/F Links Round-Up
It grows ever obvious that we are becoming a global community. I sincerely hope that we see more and more international fiction translated for a wider audience (that, or the discovery of the babel fish) so that everyone can enjoy these talented authors.
[Crossposted from Adam Israel. If you'd like to comment, you can do so either here or there.]