Mind Meld with fanzine SF Signal

Fanzine SF Signal  has posed an important question regarding the presence, or lack thereof, of non-Anglo writers on the Hugo ballots.  Panelists Romeu Martins, Samit Basu, Berit Ellingsen and I all had something to say.

It was a pleasure to be one of the panelists and to take part in this Mind Meld. I’d wondered if we would all have the same answer, and am pleased to see that our four responses come together as a four-part essay. Berit discusses the importance of exposure to translated works, I foray into statistical territory, Romeu provides a trans-global,  trans-galactic approach, and Samit gives us the personal angle. Thank you Fabio Fernandes for the invitation to take part in this week’s Mind Meld.

Congratulations to SF Signal, editor John DeNardo, and all the supporting cast, for winning the 2012 Hugo for Best Fanzine :

SF Signal's 2012 Hugo Award

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About Chris Galvin

Chris Galvin is a Canadian writer, editor and photographer dividing her time between Canada and Viet Nam. Her essay Flood Season was a finalist for the 2012 Best of the Net prize, and Discovering Hến Rice in Central Việt Nam won third place (shared) and a Readers’ Choice Award in the 2015 I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and literary journals, including Descant, Asian Cha, PRISM International, Room, and others. She has written in Vietnamese and English for Vietnam Tourism Review/Kham Pha Du Lich Vietnam Magazine, Travellive, and Du Lich Giai Tri. Chris is currently looking for a home for her recently completed manuscript, Breakfast Under the Bodhi Tree, a book about living, eating, and tour-guiding in Viet Nam.
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4 Responses to Mind Meld with fanzine SF Signal

  1. D. D. Syrdal says:

    Maybe I’m off-base about this, but the whole thing seems very much directed by current events and whatever cause is in the public’s face at the moment. Right now it’s women’s issues, and the list of winners are some well-known (I avoid the word ‘popular’) writers. But it does seem like the ‘popular’ people, the darlings of the moment, walk away with the prizes. There seems to be a very small group of people who ever get nominated, which is hard to imagine with so many talented writers out there. I don’t have a dog in this hunt, but I find it demoralizing before I even join the fray to feel like my chances of even being noticed depends more on who I know than what I write. As I said, I could be way off-base, but that’s the impression I’ve been getting.

    • chris says:

      I don’t think you’re so far off base, and you certainly aren’t the first to have this opinion. We shouldn’t allow ourselves to feel demoralized though. The most important thing is to sit down and write.

  2. Thank you so much for being part of that nice Mind Meld and provide us with some hard numbers! Great research!

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