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Invisible 2: Personal Essays on Representation in SF/F

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19 essays on the importance of representation in science fiction and fantasy, with an introduction by author Aliette de Bodard. Proceeds from the sale of this collection go to the Carl Brandon Society to support Con or Bust.

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Introduction, by Aliette de Bodard
"Breaking Mirrors," by Diana M. Pho
"I'm Not Broken," by Annalee Flower Horne
"Next Year
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Kindle Edition, 82 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Jim C. Hines
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Christine
This second volume is just as interesting as the first. There is more attention to native/indigenous population as well as age.
Morgan Dhu
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Invisible 2: Personal Essays about Representation in Science Fiction, edited by Jim C. Hines, is the second collection of essays about the visibility - and invisibility - of people who are not straight, white, cis, nominally Christian, able-bodied, and most likely male in speculative fiction.

I haven't read the first Invisible collection, but I am certainly going looking for it now that I've read the second.

These are essays about never finding someone like yourself in the genre that you love, or
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Laura Rueckert
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This important collection of essays not only illustrates how representation matters, it also makes the argument in a personal way for each of the authors. Highly recommended, especially for those of us who often don't have trouble recognizing ourselves in literature. Bonus: it also contains many recommendations of diverse literature and links to further essays.
Rivqa
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Building on its predecessor, Invisible, this is another thought-provoking series of essays about what it feels like to be unrepresented, or represented poorly, in speculative fiction. ...more
Alis Franklin
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The second exceptional collection of essays (full disclosure: one of which is mine) about diversity and representation in genre fiction.
L.D. Colter
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An important and and powerful collection of essays on diversity and its lack of positive and accurate representation in the genre of science fiction and fantasy.
Riah
This is the second collection of essays on diversity and representation in SFF, originally published on Jim Hines' blog, and it's even better than the first. This one brings in religion, veteran status, age, size, indigeneity, immigration and surviving sexual assault, alongside essays that focus on disability, neurodiversity, race, gender (and not just binary gender) and sexuality, like the first book. The writing is strong, and the viewpoints are wide-ranging. I highly recommend reading it if y ...more
Melissa
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"When I didn't see myself in a mirror, I smashed it and saw myself in the pieces" (Diana Pho,"Breaking Mirrors"). This is a sequel to 2014's "Invisible" also edited by Jim Hines, and it expands upon the lack of any/positive representation in SF/F including abuse survivors, Jewish (but not a stereotype), ageism, parenting mixed race children, non-neurotypical characters, bisexuality, fat characters, asexuality, Native Americans and other indigenous peoples, and other persons of color. This volume ...more
Julie
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a collection of essays written by sf/f fans, about finding or not finding representation of part of their identities in sf/f.

This is the second volume, and I liked it better than the first one. I'm not sure if it had more variety, or more depth in most of the essays, or maybe a combination of both. I suspect Hines had more personal essays to choose from in compiling this volume.

They can be heartbreaking to read. They can be inspiring to read. They'll open your eyes to looking at the sf/
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PerishTheThought
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A really excellent and diverse collections of essays on the importance of diverse rep in SFF. Some were completely unexpected, like Thyer's essay on the way the military/military service is portrayed vs reality and the impact that had on him as a vet. Others were expected but wonderfully nuanced, like Pho's Breaking Mirrors. I also loved Moore's essay on older women in SFF and Kwaymullina's essay on an indigenous perspective of speculative fiction. All wonderfully readable and mind-expanding. Hi ...more
Alica McKenna-Johnson
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must read for authors

The book is powerful, inspiring, heartbreaking, and sometimes difficult to read but so very necessary. Each of us can do better, can create more diverse and complex characters. This book will help you do that.
Sarah Schanze
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another great series of essays. Everyone who enjoys science fiction and fantasy should read these. Or even if you don't.
Rachel
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Further essays collected by Hines that show why we need representation in SF/F. I appreciated that this collection dealt with a broader variety of marginalizations than the first. In particular, I appreciated that there were essays on both asexuality and Judaism. Though the experience described in the essay about being a Jewish reader is different from my own, a lot of it still spoke to me. I was bothered that an essay on disability was written by an ally rather than a disabled person, but other ...more
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Jim C. Hines is the author of the Magic ex Libris series, the Princess series of fairy tale retellings, the humorous Goblin Quest trilogy, and the Fable Legends tie-in Blood of Heroes. His latest novel is Terminal Uprising, book two in the humorous science fiction Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse trilogy. He’s an active blogger, and won the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. Jim lives in Michigan ...more

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