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Old January 23 2011, 06:32 AM   #181
Ferd Burfel
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Re: Typhon Pact: Seize The Fire review thread

Christopher wrote: View Post
^I just don't understand that reaction. Do you feel "preached to" by the fact that Voyager's cast includes black, Asian, and Hispanic actors? Sure, there are some early Titan books that make a point of addressing the diversity of the crew, but in subsequent ones -- certainly the ones I've written -- the nonhumanoid crewmembers are simply there, participating in the stories like everyone else. Yes, their diverse viewpoints, beliefs, and so forth are addressed, but that's not preaching, that's just doing what any story does -- developing its characters' distinct identities and exploring the interactions and tensions among them.

I'm not trying to preach to anyone. I don't see why I should need to; I would expect that any Star Trek fan would acknowledge it as axiomatic that diversity and inclusion are good things. I'm just interested in exploring beings and cultures that are more interestingly alien than just another bunch of humanoids with a culture that represents some single particular human value or attitude.
I don't wanna speak for anyone, but the sense I'm getting isn't one of a dislike of diversity. It's a dislike of being constantly reminded of it. To answer your question, no I wouldn't feel preached to because of Black, Asian or Latino characters. But I would get annoyed if I were reading something that constantly said "life is so different on our ship because we have all these Blacks, Asians and Latinos". I'd be offended. And I think that distaste is what many are speaking of. We know the diversity exists, we don't need the constant recap and reminder. And I know each book has dealt with different characters and species as a way of discovering the crew, but it is frustrating to read a book and get to love a character and then you don't hear from them for a book or two. It's like loving Geordi and him not being in the next three episodes.

I like Titan, but I too could do without the constant reminder of diversity, the challenge it poses and how awesome they are for undertaking it. Simply treat each character as a character, not as a lesson of tolerance I should be learning. It's awesome how diverse the crew is, but it cheapens it when you feel the need to constantly explain it to me.
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