“If I was a gay Peruvian, I’d want to be thought of as a good author. Not a Gay Peruvian author. I don’t want to only get published when a Caring Liberal needs to trot out their show pony so they can brag at a WorldCon party about how super not racist they are. Don’t let some jackass editor stick you in a box.” – Larry Correia
I don’t know how much I want to wade into the latest kerfuffle on diversity issues in SFF publishing, but I think the above quote by Larry pretty much sums up my feelings on the matter.
Every once in awhile, I will bring up that I’m Cuban, but mostly in a tongue-in-cheek way to downplay how little importance that is in my day to day life and make fun of identity politics. I’m pretty sure Cirsova is not nor will be thought of as a Latin publication.
Cirsova is open to anyone writing crazy-go-nuts over-the-top high-octane seat-of-your-pants action fantasy and science fiction. Okay, so all of it’s not Philip Jose Farmer or Gardner F. Fox levels of crazy-go-nuts, but we do aim for awesome. In doing so, we may achieve some degree of what I call “accidental diversity”; if you’re legitimately looking for a wide range of awesome things, you’ll probably end up with pretty diverse range of contributors. I won’t single anybody out and won’t ante up any diversity tokens, though, because I feel like that would be a disservice to our contributors, all of whom are awesome.
Pre-Orders for Issues 3 & 4 start later this week. Drop some green, shekels, pounds, lira, ducats, whatever (I’m sure Kickstarter can convert a diverse range of payments) to keep Cirsova open to anyone with a solid story to tell.