The science fiction genre is very white male dominated and it’s not a surprise that many anthologies are filled with primarily white male authors. It’s the way it’s been for years. And the truth of it is, it’s not going to change unless people protest. As long as white males have power and privilege they can and will control everything including what goes into those SF anthologies. So yes, when an anthology comes out and it’s filled with only white male authors I’m not surprised that people are upset, nor am I surprised that they will protest the anthology.
This paragraph was edited to fix some badly worded sentences: Yes it’s important for the anthologies to contain the best stories written, but claiming that the editor was looking for the “best” and that’s why there weren’t any female or authors of color in the book is troubling. Perhaps the editors aren’t actually being being racist/sexist, but I’d still wonder why they didn’t look harder for female authors and authors of color. I doubt there aren’t ever ANY great stories by female or authors of color in the topics they’re looking for.
And telling people to “shut up” about it, only makes you look like a jerk and if you’re a white male saying it? A privileged jerk – because really, you have nothing to worry about. You never have to worry about being represented fairly in a book. You never have to worry that your story is going to be rejected because of your gender or the color of your skin.
Before you get all up in arms about people complaining “too much” how about you take a step back and consider what’s happening. Pay attention and listen, you just might learn something.
ETA – (Monday, October 12th) : And when called on it – be like John, and admit that you messed up and apologize.