Why do SciFi stories have mostly White Male Leads?
I’ve read my share of Sci-Fi short stories and novels. I often wonder why almost all of them have a white male lead. I rarely encounter alien leads, but even less have I seen female leads. On occasion, there has been stories with non-white leads, but there is usually a ‘yes, but’ factor.
In the typical Sci-Fi story, the females are always in love with the males they swoon when he walks in the room. In those stories where there is a strong female, she tends not to show good leadership skills.
There are some examples contrary to my hypothesis, but they are rare. Is this so because non-white-males don’t write Science Fiction. I wonder.
In my stories I avoid the typical SciFi leads. I try to share the leadership skills and I like anti-heroes. My leads may be reluctant, or flawed. Some are lucky and some evil. Some even speak with 1’s and o’s.
In my life’s experience, few leaders are good just by themselves. Almost without exception they have good people around them, but in most Sci-Fi the lead is amazing, he can fight armies and survive. He is brilliant and can always devise the bigger weapon or the amazing tactic to kill untold legions of aliens.
Maybe someone can answer this perplexing question?