This story makes me incredibly sad. "Asian fantasy doesn’t sell"? Tell that to Del Rey, who recently put out Daniel Fox’s Dragon in Chains; or Night Shade, who publish Liz Williams’s popular Detective Inspector Chen mysteries; or Tor, who just launched S.J. Day’s Eve trilogy; or Subterranean, who reissued Barry Hughart’s Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox to great acclaim from Hughart’s many, many fans. The editor who told off Cindy Pon (who promptly sold her book to HarperTeen instead, in case anyone was skeptical of its quality) wasn’t just biased; he was flat wrong. Asian fantasy seems to be selling well, and I’d love to see more of it, especially from Asian authors.
My call for information for the upcoming SF/fantasy issue specifically requested information about non-white, non-Western authors and characters. One small press proudly responded that they publish "the only Hispanic woman writing fantasy today". I’m not going to name the press or the author. Instead, I challenge you to come up with at least one name fitting that description. I bet there’s more than one.
More broadly, who are your favorite non-white, non-Western spec fic authors and characters? The CFI is looking for books coming out in 2009, but I’m just as happy to hear about books that are out already. And if you find yourself thinking "Huh, I don’t remember the last time I read something by a non-white, non-Western author or featuring non-white, non-Western characters", hie yourself over to the Writers of Color 50 Book Challenge and expand your horizons. You won’t be sorry.