Daniel José Older

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Daniel José Older is the author of the Young Adult novel "Shadowshaper" (Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books, 2015) and the "Bone Street Rumba Urban Fantasy" series from Penguin's Roc Books.

He started a Change.org petition to replace the World Fantasy Awards HP Lovecraft bust with an Octavia Butler bust

"That Lovecraft was racist beyond even the excessive racism exhibited by other white writers of his time is not in question."

"Octavia Butler contributed a rich, nuanced, complex body of work during her lifetime. Her novels, essays and short stories changed the entire genre of speculative fiction by complicating our notions of power, race and gender."

"we can’t keep lionising a man who used literature as a weapon against entire races."

"Non-white readers and writers are falling in love with speculative fiction in increasing numbers – which is why we need to remove its racist figurehead"