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Re: Octavia E. Butler against Lovecraft (World Fantasy Award).

Quote Originally Posted by Hell-Ghost View Post
Whilst skimming thro' S.T. Joshi's Blog
A Week ago or so
I was quite surpris'd to find
That one Daniel Jose Older
has launch'd a Petition to
Replace the Bust of Lovecraft
For the World Fantasy Award
With that of Octavia E. Butler.
This, I say, is a maddening outrage!
The obvious solution would be to create an awards statue that includes both Lovecraft and Butler, possibly embracing each other, possibly with Cthulhu mediating, or present as a child figure. I think Butler would have approved of this, seeing as her Xenogenesis series explicitly deals with understanding and integrating and even reproducing with threatening Others (racists, bigots, actual inhuman extraterrestrial beings, etc.) rather than calling them names and casting them out. This kind of statue would also probably piss everyone on both sides off, which I think Butler would have appreciated as well. She was always much too intelligent to ever fall for simplistic identity politics.
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