n. Fiction that includes certain story elements, particularly those related to the characters' race, gender, or sexual orientation, in a token way.
"Check box" fiction really undermines the quality of my reading experience. What is "check box" fiction? It is a story that includes elements indicating diversity in the cast of characters that has zero impact on the the story.
The Hugos became a front in the culture war. Brad Torgersen's posts at the very beginning about "victim class check box fiction" destroyed any rapport with people who weren't already in his camp.
Even funnier — given that authors on the left (Such as LeGuin, and even Jim Hines) agree that "checkbox fiction" is bad, Larry isn't exactly treading the hinterlands of authority advice.