#BlackSpecFic: A Fireside Fiction Company Special Report
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This page summarizes data found on original stories by black authors being published in science fiction and fantasy zines. A more detailed look per magazine
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can be found on the second tab. More detailed notes on the median can be found on the third tab. "Instructions for filtering data on Google
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Sheets," the fourth tab, is for viewing the data in a mode other than alphabetical order.
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SUMMARY OF DATA
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Number of 2015 original stories looked at:2039
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Number of magazines looked at:63
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Stories found written by black authors:38
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MEAN:1.90%
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MEDIAN:0
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CHANCE OF THIS MEAN BEING RANDOM:0.00%
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Who performed the statistical analysis:
Cecily Kane and Weston Allen
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Who gathered the data:Ethan Robinson
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Notes on the methodology:
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This data was not entirely self-reported, as the task of contacting the authors in the magazines measured was too daunting. Self-reported
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data was used whenever possible, but such data was not always findable or clear -- for example, no biographical information could be
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found for two authors in Strange Horizons, and Daily Science Fiction had a larger handful of authors for whom that was the case. We
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assume that there is probably at least one false positive and/or false negative. We doubt that these existed in such numbers as to unduly
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dilute the study.
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We used the population statistics for the U.S. rather than the world because, while nominally international, the SF/F zine market -- at least
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the portion we are critiquing -- remains primarily U.S.-based. For the same reasons, we removed Omenana and Truancy from the data set.
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Summary
Stories by black authors per zine
Calculation of the median & notes
Instructions for filtering data on Google Sheets