As you point out, there’s two awesome things happening right now (well, they’ve been happening for a long time, but we seem to be crossing a threshold):
- “Genre” is moving out of the shadows.
- “Genre” is becoming truly diverse — both in character and subject matter.
It’s no longer just “Sci-fi” or “Fantasy”, and it isn’t just for white men. It’s for everyone, and it’s about anything your imagination can cook up. It’s a brilliant and varied tapestry of ideas and perspectives. I love it.