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galaxy_science_fiction_magazineScience Fiction and Fantasy is a strange land.

Politically, genre fiction covers, and often overflows, the boundaries of the political speech in mainstream media. We have our communitarian utopians and our free market libertarians, our atheists and our true believers, (and our atheist true believers) all crammed together under one tent.

The recent explosion of controversy over racist and sexist  tweets and postings within SFWA is nothing new; different groups of writers famously took out a full page ad in Galaxy, attacking and defending the US war in Viet Nam, as pictured above.

Reading the names, for many people, came as a shock. This wasn’t about pleasing readers or winning fans. These were people feeling they had to make a stand.

So, the obvious thing to do is to not allow comments, avoid controversy, and just tell stories. But genre people aren’t like that.

Our comments will be moderated. I’m going to work up a ‘rules for comments’ document which no one will read, but, it’s one of those things that must be done. In short, be humane, constructive, polite; posts which denigrate others on the basis of race, creed, sexual preference or identity, or anything else I can think that shouldn’t be denigrated will be bounced by the mods.

 

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