Links: Canons, Legitimacy, and Ramen

Written by Natalie Luhrs

I'm a lifelong geek with a passion for books and social justice. Fuck around and find out.

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February 25, 2022

There’s been some Discourse™ about legitimacy within our community: what makes someone or their work legitimate?

While there are certainly texts within science fiction and fantasy which I do consider foundational, if only because this is a genre which is obsessively in conversation with itself in a way that other genres simply are not: such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, W.E.B. DuBois’s “The Comet,” Hope Mirrlees’s Lud-in-the-Mist, Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis trilogy (which has tentacle sex in it, I’m just saying), Samuel R. Delany’s Babel-17, and Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Dispossessed. And that’s just a tiny sample of the vast array of voices that compose both our genre and our community.

Attempts to draw a line around who does and does not get to participate in this wide-ranging-through-time-and-space conversation are nothing more than bullshit gatekeeping nonsense.

Luckily, I’m not the person you need to go to for answers here.

And finally, Ryka Aoki pairs instant ramen with books and I feel a great sadness, as I can no longer eat instant ramen (too salty).


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