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Requires Hate/Requires Love

If you are not already aware of the Requires Hate situation, there is a full report here. Briefly, a person who writes under the pen name of Benjanun Sriduangkaew was revealed to be the notorious harasser Winterfox/Requires Hate/Lesifoere/many other aliases.

For over ten years, Requires Hate made death threats and rape threats, and stalked and harassed many people, including myself. To date, she has not responded to my public request for her to promise to leave me alone.

She engaged in a systematic campaign to destroy the careers of writers whom she apparently saw as her competition, primarily women writers and writers of color, by abusing and intimidating anyone who reviewed their books, harassing and threatening the writers themselves, attempting to get the writers professionally ostracized, and engaging in blackmail. (The blackmail link goes to an anonymous report; however, I have personal knowledge of the blackmail and vouch for it.)

I am posting to state that I have reported her to the police. I previously didn't say so publicly because I didn't want to give her the pleasure of knowing that she succeeded in making me fear for my life. However, I believe that the chances of her retaliating violently against me or others, whether in person or by hiring someone, are lessened if she knows that the police are aware of the situation. If any harm comes to me, a detailed report is on file documenting that I have a longtime stalker with a history of threatening death and violent attacks, including acid-throwing.

Supporters of Requires Hate often try to garner support for her and suppress discussion of her abuse by saying that speaking out against her is inherently racist because she's a woman of color, and that to support women writers of color, one must support Requires Hate. This erases the many other women of color in the field - a number of whom have been abused by her. Despite her efforts to suppress other female writers of color, she is hardly the only one.

Marginalized people are often unfairly persecuted and falsely accused. It's reasonable to be suspicious when you first hear claims that a woman of color is abusive. But marginalized people are people, and some people are abusive. Some marginalized people are abusive. Supporting abusers is not justice.

If you would like to do something positive, I suggest that you make an effort to read and review the works of writers with marginalized identities, and to promote the writers themselves whenever possible, such as by considering them as convention guests, lecturers, columnists, and so forth. There are very genuine obstacles in their paths that non-marginalized writers don't face, and they could use your support. Also, I very much doubt that Requires Hate will revive her campaign of harassing reviewers, so it should now be safe to review again.

If you're not sure where to start, here is a non-exhaustive list of sff/mythic fiction writers with marginalized identities of various kinds. The majority are women writers of color. Writers who were targeted by Requires Hate are starred. Please consider purchasing and/or reviewing at least one book or story by one of these writers, or by another writer of your choice.

*Saladin Ahmed
*Athena Andreadis

Samhita Arni
Samit Basu
Joseph Bruchac
Joyce Chng/J. Damask
Zen Cho
Aliette de Bodard
Tananarive Due
Zetta Elliott
Andrea Hairston
Nalo Hopkinson
S. L. Huang
*N. K. Jemisin
Alaya Dawn Johnson
*Caitlin Kiernan
Yoon Ha Lee
Malinda Lo
*Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
*Karen Lord

Lyda Morehouse/Tate Halloway
Shweta Narayan
Ty Nolan
Nnedi Okorafor
*Cindy Pon
Michelle Sagara/Michelle West
Sofia Samatar
Cynthia Leitich Smith
*Kari Sperring
*Tricia Sullivan

Judith Tarr
Shveta Thakrar
*Liz Williams

If you want to talk about Requires Hate, feel free to email or PM me. Please do not discuss her in comments. Trolling and off-topic comments will be deleted.

I am enabling comments ONLY for the discussion or recommendation of works by marginalized writers other than her, and for topics related to that. (My book reviews are tagged by author: surname.) Feel free to state a subgenre or tropes that you like, and maybe I or other commenters can rec something for you.

Please note that you don't necessarily know exactly how people identify, so stating the nature of a writer's minority identity is not necessary. Let's not do any identity-policing or arguing over whether any given identity is sufficiently marginalized to be called that. Definitions differ, so we can all decide that question for ourselves.

Crossposted to http://rachelmanija.dreamwidth.org/1179802.html. Comment here or there.


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Feb. 9th, 2015 08:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the list. I'll be taking it with me wherever I go looking for reading material.
Feb. 9th, 2015 08:23 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! I'm sure you'll find some great books.
Feb. 9th, 2015 08:29 pm (UTC)
What a positive approach. I really appreciate your efforts to provide a positive channel for other people's strong feelings about a topic that is so very difficult for you.
Feb. 9th, 2015 08:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I appreciate it.

See any writers you plan to check out?
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Feb. 9th, 2015 08:31 pm (UTC)
Good response.

What does the bolding mean?

Feb. 9th, 2015 08:36 pm (UTC)
Same as the stars. I was just trying to make the targeted writers more noticeable. (Yes, I see a stray bold, I will fix it.)

Do you see any writers you'd like to read or rec?
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Feb. 9th, 2015 08:41 pm (UTC)
I heartily second the recommendations for N. K. Jemisin, Yoon Ha Lee, Karen Lord, Nnedi Okorafor, and Sofia Samatar.
Feb. 9th, 2015 08:45 pm (UTC)
Have you read Karen Lord's space opera books yet? I haven't, but I've heard good things.
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Feb. 9th, 2015 08:45 pm (UTC)
I reviewed it! It has an absolutely marvelous voice.
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Feb. 9th, 2015 09:47 pm (UTC)
i've really enjoyed alaya dawn johnson's brazil-inspired post-ap ya book - beautiful, unusual, with a strong narrative voice and inspiring worldbuilding.

and i've read s.l. huang's zero-sum game, and it was an incredibly fun romp with an interesting heroine in the center, and general theme of forging ties.
Feb. 9th, 2015 10:32 pm (UTC)

I *loved* "Huixin Sees a Ghost," short story by Eve Shi, who is Indonesian. She has a bunch of others linked from her website. Unfortunately her novels are all in Indonesian.

I also enjoy Yukimi Ogawa, who has been published extensively in Mythic Delirium, and recently also by The Book Smugglers (the novella In Her Head, In Her Eyes, which I haven't read, but I've liked what I've read in MD).
Feb. 10th, 2015 12:10 am (UTC)
Have you read Ted Chiang? I discovered him last year (courtesy his short stories) and then found out that he was local to me! (Double bonus; that means we're more likely to have readings/signings/etc.!) His Stories of Your Life and Others was amazingly good; I hope he writes more.
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Feb. 9th, 2015 10:32 pm (UTC)
The only one on the list whose books I've read is Judith Tarr and I enjoyed the book, despite it not being the book I thought it was (mistake all mine).

I've been eyeing books by some of the others on that list, so on the to-read pile they go!
Feb. 9th, 2015 10:35 pm (UTC)
Lovely to see so many fine writers listed here! I'm a particular fan of Joyce Chng: her characters are so strong and memorable. And I'll put in a word, if I may, for two US writers of colour, and one British-Caribbean writer. The two USians are Carole McDonnell, who is one of the few fantasy writers who writes really deeply and thoughtfully about religion, and Charles Saunders, who writes fabulous swords and sorcery. The British-Caribbean writer is Stephanie Saulter, who writes complex, challenging sf about embodiment, dis/ability and gender.
Feb. 10th, 2015 12:27 am (UTC)
Thank you! I hadn't heard of McDonnell or Saulter, and Saunders' books are hard to find. I keep hoping he'll issue them as ebooks.
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Feb. 9th, 2015 11:01 pm (UTC)
I'm doing the Queer Authors 50 Book Challenge again this year, so I would love to get some recs for queer writers of color who write entertaining books that stay on the lighter side of things. I'm open to any genre.
Feb. 10th, 2015 12:12 am (UTC)
I haven't read these yet, but the S. L. Huang books described in the threads here and on DW sound like they meet those criteria.
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Feb. 10th, 2015 01:35 am (UTC)
This is a marvelous list so thank you!
Feb. 10th, 2015 04:19 am (UTC)
So many good writers on that list.

Emily Jiang is an author of Hunanese descent (like myself) who's published poetry, stories, nonfiction, and a children's book. Her stuff is worth checking out.
Feb. 10th, 2015 08:45 am (UTC)
Kamran Pasha is a great author of Pakastani descent, I reviewed both his historical fiction books "Mother of the Believers" (which is better) and "Shadow of the Sword."

Julie Kagawa is a fine YA writer, her Iron series was my favorite.

Feb. 10th, 2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
Also Tade Thompson, who has a very interesting crime novel coming out next year, I believe. Victor Ocampo, too, is well worth checking out (these guys may have been mentioned already - I'm struggling with new glasses today! Apologies if so).
Feb. 10th, 2015 10:22 am (UTC)
Thank you for putting this together. I can heartily second your recommendations for N. K. Jemisin, Saladin Ahmed, Nalo Hopkinson, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Malinda Lo and Aliette de Bodard, and I have books by Kari Sperring and Sofia Samatar on my to-read pile right now.

I was wondering also if this could be a space for recommending blogs etc by reviewers of colour (and/or who are marginalised in other ways), as I think diverse reviews are as vital and necessary as diverse books.
Feb. 10th, 2015 06:47 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! Please rec some.
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Feb. 10th, 2015 11:19 am (UTC)
Malinda Lo's books are awesome and all have f/f. I also adore NK Jemisin's books, especially The Inheritance Trilogy, which has some m/m/f. The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson is on my to-read list. A few other names are familiar. Do you know if some of these authors' books have LGBT intersectionality?
Feb. 10th, 2015 07:23 pm (UTC)
Nalo Hopkinson's books generally do. I also recommend Jacqueline Carey's Santa Olivia and the two volumes of Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk. (Disclosure: I have a story in the first volume, as do several authors on the list.) IIRC, Kari Sperring's Living with Ghosts has a bisexual lead.
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