Sarah Guan

@Sarah_Guan

Works in the book trade (edits #scifi & #fantasy for @orbitbooks ). @Stanford alum, New Yorker, Earth citizen. I ❤️ history, theatre, and SCIENCE! #WNDB

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Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · 7 Dec 2017

heidi heilig @heidiheilig

my soul is so full of hate these days. i wonder how many other people out there will point to Nov 2016 as their villain origin story.

We see so many fictional antagonists whose origin stories are some variation on: orphaned, abused, rejected, betrayed, brainwashed, or simply "got greedy." I'd love some nuanced villains who arise out of mass sociopolitical trauma. #SFF #MSWL

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · 10 Nov 2017

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan

War disproportionately/differently impacts different populations w/in the same society. Veterans vs civilians, but also: different socioecon groups, industries (wartime vs peacetime economies), urban vs rural, ethnic minorities—esp ones w/ historic ties to "the enemy." #MSWL #SFF

Replying to @Sarah_Guan

I see lots of books about kings, generals, &c.—the people who get to make decisions that shape a nation. But theirs aren't the only stories about war, nor always the most interesting—or necessary. (& history is full of great generals who became AWFUL peacetime leaders) #MSWL #SFF

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · 10 Nov 2017

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan

Also, there are multiple narratives in any conflict. Whose story are you telling—and why? Is it the most interesting version of this war? Give me postwar occupation, colonialism-in-the-name-of-peace, refugees/displacement, war crimes trials, &c. #MSWL #SFF twitter.com/mary_c_moore/s…

Replying to @Sarah_Guan

War disproportionately/differently impacts different populations w/in the same society. Veterans vs civilians, but also: different socioecon groups, industries (wartime vs peacetime economies), urban vs rural, ethnic minorities—esp ones w/ historic ties to "the enemy." #MSWL #SFF

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · 10 Nov 2017

Mary C. Moore @Mary_C_Moore

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Also, there are multiple narratives in any conflict. Whose story are you telling—and why? Is it the most interesting version of this war? Give me postwar occupation, colonialism-in-the-name-of-peace, refugees/displacement, war crimes trials, &c. #MSWL #SFF twitter.com/mary_c_moore/s…

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · 10 Nov 2017

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan

My #VeteransDay #MSWL: we see a LOT of war in #SFF. I get it—fate of empires, epic battles—exciting stuff. But what about the aftermath? What happens when the veterans come home? Give me counseling centers, VA hospitals, retraining for civilian jobs, running for local office, &c.

Replying to @Sarah_Guan

On a less individual scale—how does a nation shift from wartime to peacetime governance? Citizens will forgive a shocking amount of tyranny in the face of a clear foreign threat. Is the administration willing to give up those powers when the war ends? If not—what then? #MSWL #SFF

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · 10 Nov 2017

My #VeteransDay #MSWL: we see a LOT of war in #SFF. I get it—fate of empires, epic battles—exciting stuff. But what about the aftermath? What happens when the veterans come home? Give me counseling centers, VA hospitals, retraining for civilian jobs, running for local office, &c.

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · 31 Oct 2017

#MSWL (but adult #SFF). Corollary: a deep and true romantic love knowingly sacrificed for a higher cause (e.g. family, country, religion).

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · 12 Sep 2017

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan

It's #MSWL day! It feels like I'm tweeting my list for Santa out into the world... 😝 pic.twitter.com/dlZa9XVA4C

Replying to @Sarah_Guan

#MSWL: #SFF political systems that AREN'T absolute monarchies. I want parliamentary debates, legislative battles, theocracies, courtrooms...

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · 22 Aug 2017

Brandon @brandonlgtaylor

LET YOUR DRAGONS GO TO NIGHT SCHOOL. THEY HAVE GOALS AND DREAMS TOO. twitter.com/TomMcHobo/stat…

#MSWL! Books about dragon school (school for dragons, not school for humans working with dragons)—why can't dragons have their own Hogwarts?