featuredicon-eventsDear Readers,

A handful of you have written to the website asking for me to comment on my position regarding the new law recently passed in Indiana, which many, myself included, believe can be used as a tool for sexual discrimination. This is of some concern since I am scheduled to appear as Author Guest of Honor at Gen Con in late July. Also, because I have personal reasons to be concerned about any sort of religious, racial or sexual discrimination.

To GenCon’s credit, they have already come out against this law and its possible mis-uses and have threatened to pull out of Indiana in the future. Unfortunately, they have booked themselves in until 2020, so the threat is meaningless in the short term. I have hope for the long term. And for this year’s convention I am weighing my alternatives while waiting to see what else they decide to do.

Discrimination, unfortunately, is not going to go away any time soon. It is prevalent and it is insidious in its various manifestations, some written out and some simply practiced. We need to stop finding new ways of excluding and find more ways of including. We need to recognize our prejudices and find ways of getting past them. We are all better than that. We just have to work at it a little harder.

Best to you all, Terry.

Written by Terry Brooks
I am the author of the Shannara, Landover, and Word/Void series, as well as Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Street Freaks. I love to write, read, and travel. For more information about me, you can read my writing guide/memoir, Sometimes the Magic Works.