May 2022 In Review
This month sees the addition an entirely new,
very boring exciting statistic, for which see below the cut.
22 works reviewed. 13 by women (59%), 8 by men (36%), 1 by a non-binary author (5%), 0 by authors whose gender is unknown (0%), and 8 by POC (36%)
Year to Date
107 works reviewed. 60.5 by women (57% ), 42.5 by men (40%), 4 by a non-binary author (4%), 0 by authors whose genders are unknown (0%), and 39 by POC (36%).
Grand Total to Date
2115 works reviewed. 1184.5 by women (56%), 882.5 by men (42%), 30 by non-binary authors (1%), 18 by authors whose gender is unknown (1%), and 613.75 by POC (29%).
|2022 May||2021 May||2020 May||2019 May||2018 May||2017 May||2016 May||2015 May||2014 May|
|2021 TD||2020 TD||2019 TD||2018 TD||2017 TD||2016 TD||2015 TD||2014 TD|
And now for the extremely
boring exciting new feature!
For years I’ve been grumbling about the frequency with which I encounter autocracies in science fiction and fantasy. It occurred to me that perhaps this was merely observer bias, that because autocracies irritate me, I notice them more. Further, it would be entirely possible for me to keep a running count of government types in fiction. And so I shall.
I considered stealing Traveller’s government classification system but for personal convenience I have decided to use the following categories:
Not Applicable: For anthologies, non-fiction texts and other works that lack a single setting.
Unclear: For works where I could not figure out how government functions.
Anarchy: For works with no functioning governments
Pure democracy: For works where all inhabitants have a say in communal decisions
Representative democracy: For works where people select representatives to make decisions on their behalf.
Oligarchy: For works where a small group of people govern without meaningful input from the populace.
Autocracy: For works where a single person governs without meaningful input from the populace.
Works are categorized using the time-honoured “I know it when I see it” system. I will not be explaining how individual books were categorized and for even greater clarity I will not be justifying why I categorized books as I did. This isn’t intended as a detailed study, but merely rough statistics to provide me with perspective.
Not the result I expected. While Oligarchy is definitely the front runner, Representative Democracy comes in a very respectable close second. This is, I think, because a lot of the works I read this year are set in pre-Apocalyptic Canada and the US, both of which I treated as Representative Democracies, at least of a sort.