• Novel: Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
  • Novella:  The Weight of the Sunrise,’’ Vylar Kaftan
  • Novelette:  ‘‘The Waiting Stars,’’ Aliette de Bodard
  • Short Story:  ‘‘If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,’’ Rachel Swirsky
  • Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: Gravity
  • Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book: Sister Mine, Nalo Hopkinson
  • Kevin O’Donnell Jr. Service to SFWA Award: Michael Armstrong
  • 2013 Damon Knight Grand Master Award: Samuel R. Delany

You can read a lot of the winning and nominated works linked in the article.


hazelhills asked:

Hello, I saw your post about all the hate you get that we don't see. In case it helps, I think your blog is excellent and informative and I enjoy reading it very much. I am a professional costumer and I perform in Renaissance faires, and there is so much here that I can share with the people I work with. And you site all your sources, which is invaluable.








I think that Renaissance festivals, as one of the most pervasive ways Medieval and Renaissance European culture is enjoyed today, can be at the leading edge of changing our perceptions of racial homogeneity during that time.

I know far too many people of color who’ve been harassed for participating, or told they “couldn’t” for one reason or another.

I think more than anything, the “historical accuracy” argument harms here in a way that impacts a lot of history and fantasy fans.

Thank you for sharing this information with the people you work with, in hopes of creating a more supportive and inclusive environment for the current generation of Medieval/Renaissance fans and cosplayers.

This definitely needed to be addressed. Some people’s inner bigot comes out at Faires, Conventions, etc. and it can be disheartening. 

I have been a part of a Renaissance Fair group for about 6 years now

I just came back from one today and let me tell you

There was a group of kids walking through the fair on the first day, a good number of them were Black. They all stopped and stared and me when they saw me standing there in a corset and peasant skirt.

They stopped and stared and whispered “is she a princess?” even though I was wearing simple clothing and not anything close to nobility garb, And they smiled and took pictures and were so excited to see me because I finally gave them a glimpse of themselves in a time period that they’ve been told we don’t exist in.

Because there are no depictions of Black people in Medieval times and Renaissance times that are easily accessible.

The last time I saw a Black person in a Medieval setting on television was back when “Mystik Knights of Tyr Na Nog” was still on Fox Kids.

This shit is so important.

haha man. I remember the one and only time i broke out my Moorish alchemist persona at the NY Ren Faire and somebody straight up asked me if I was a slave

why i only ever do pirates and noblewomen anymore

I go to the local Faire in Tudor noblewoman’s garb complete with jeweled French Hood, brooches, jeweled girdle and farthingale hoop.

Here’s a pic of me in some of my garb:




And yes, I get looks.  I even got one White dude who asked if there were Black folks in the 1500s.  I asked him, “Do you mean in England or on the planet?” He replied “Both.”  I gave him a “you canNOT be serious look and said, “Yes.” “Yes, to which one?” “BOTH!”  But mostly, I get folks thinking I work there (I don’t. I’m a playtron) and folks requesting pictures.  When I first started dressing up, I’m sure I was the weird Black chick dressing in Ren clothes. Now, I’m the chick with the awesome garb.

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“I suspect one reason so many shy away from confronting the obvious is because it raises extremely troubling questions about the role of police in American society. Most middle class Americans see the primary role of police as maintaining public order and safety. Instances when police are clearly trying to foment violence and disorder for political purposes so fly in the face of everything we have been taught that our instinct is to tell ourselves it isn’t happening: there must have been some provocation, or else, it must have just been individual rogue cops. Certainly not something ordered by the highest echelons. But here we have to remember the police are an extremely top-down, centralized organization. Uniformed officers simply cannot behave in ways that flagrantly defy the law, in full public view, on an ongoing basis, without having at least tacit approval from those above.”
“media makes all of us flies on the wall without causing us to think about how we got in the room in the first place.”

Erika Hall in her talk yesterday wondered what Mao or Stalin could have done with the resources of the modern Internet. It’s a good question. If you look at the history of the KGB or Stasi, they consumed enormous resources just maintaining and cross-referencing their mountains of paperwork. There’s a throwaway line in Huxley’s Brave New World where he mentions “800 cubic meters of card catalogs” in the eugenic baby factory. Imagine what Stalin could have done with a decent MySQL server.

We haven’t seen yet what a truly bad government is capable of doing with modern information technology. What the good ones get up to is terrifying enough.