Doing Diversity in Writing

Season 2 Episode 2 - Writing Race and Ethnicity in Fantasy & Sci-fi

January 20, 2022

In this episode of Doing Diversity in Writing, we—Bethany and Mariëlle—discuss the writing of race and ethnicity in fantasy and sci-fi stories.


What we talked about

  • How race and ethnicity is done in fiction and TV series that are not grounded in real-life human history
  • What gets lost and is added in translation when novels are turned into films or TV series
  • How to not let yourself be limited by the world we know when building a world of your own
  • That it’s never to late to start adding more diverse characters to your world, or to make your existing cast more diverse


The fiction and TV series we discussed in particular during this episode are: Babylon 5; Star Trek; Game of Thrones; The Witcher; and Shadow and Bone.

(Re)sources mentioned on the show


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