Apr 26 • 1HR 10M

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Raquel S Benedict
This isn’t a podcast for total beginners. We’re going to assume that you know what plot structure is, what a protagonist is, where ideas come from, and how to use a semicolon. This is a podcast for people who can already write okay, but want to do better.
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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.