Dave White likes for us to wait a week before we weigh in on the latest internet kerfuffle.
But, as Cheech said, Dave's not here.
The HUGO award nominees were announced and some people weren't happy with the list of names. Too mainstream. Too white. Too manny.
Then there was the April Fool's post from LOCUS, which said that participants at some sci-fi convention would have to wear burqas in order to be politically correct.
LOCUS Magazine came under fire and pulled the post.
An Apology— posted Monday 1 April 2013 We would like to offer our apology for the offensive April Fool’s post that was published on the site today. The April Fool’s pieces were not seen by the Locus HQ staff before being posted — it was an ugly moment this morning when we saw the post already online, and we immediately took steps to remove it. Of course, being after the fact, it was too late, and the offense had already happened.
...The author of that post, Lawrence Person, posted the original with some commentary at his own blog.
Folks got to commenting about free speech and being offended.
Others mentioned how this post last year questioning whether Game of Thrones is "too white" was also offensive. And this response. And this.
Which brought us to this post about whether the Hunger Games movie is too not-white.
Which reminded me of posts we've had here about Patrick Rothfuss's calendar being sexist Also that he hugged a fan.
I mean, I notice them and I tend to not pay too much attention to things that aren't about me.
The crime fiction community has not had the same discussions -- or so it seems.
Of course, we've had our sock puppets and our talks about dirty words in novels. We've had some discussions here and there and sexism and racism and violence.
And while this isn't a competition with the nerds over in that other genre, I wonder if the nerds in the crime fiction community are embracing the conflicts in the same way other genres do.
Occasionally, of course, you'll see an isolated blog post about why crime fiction is so focused on alcoholic men saving kidnapped strippers. In much crime fiction, these women do seem to get into trouble that only a man with a dark secret can solve.
But is the crime fiction community tackling race and misogyny -- and other social problems -- with as much effort as our cousins in the sci-fi and fantasy world?
Has anyone complained that the Edgars or the Anthonys or the Dashiells or the Agathas or the Hitchcocks are too white? Too manny?
Are the swords and lasers crew fighting this for all of us?