The Future’s All White

I recently started using Pinterest as a way of finding images for inspiration while writing. I have a lot of clear ideas about the sort of city, the sort of people that live there and how my protagonists look like, but I am also always looking for detail. It is the detail that give life to a character or a city.

Firefly - Zoe. Scifi womenOne thing I am very conscious of is the predominance of white people in fiction. Obviously, growing up in ¬†mostly white, European, environment, with English language literature, this is perhaps not so surprising. Nonetheless, the world, or at least the one that I live in, is not so white. Seriously, we’re a minority. In my writing, I see no reason to hang on to these imperialist notions that the future world is going to look like me.

With this in mind, I started strolling through Pinterest looking at scifi-themed subjects – cities and people predominantly. Several things were immediately obvious. The future is all white. Apart from a few popular exceptions – Mystique, from X-Men, is blue, probably taking things a little far for my point here, and Zoe from Firefly. I love both of these characters, and while Mystique may titillate with her blue nudity, it is the attitude of both that is the key. Neither are really a good fit for my current story, and to be fair, they have already been done, but maybe a little bit of both might creep in somewhere.

So, anyone got any good Sci-Fi characters, male or female, that aren’t white? I know they are out there, but who is doing them justice?

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About Harry Tuttle

Harry Tuttle, part enigma, part machine, mostly confused and trapped in modern life. I think. I read. I write. Science Facts to Science Fiction and Beyond.
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