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

New York

Orbit Books

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · Jun 7

A meeting today made me think: I’d LOVE to see a huge, sweeping pre-Columbian epic fantasy novel in my inbox.

Before the Europeans landed and ruined everything, there were vibrant, sophisticated, and competitive empires in the Americas. That’s as epic fantasy as anything. #MSWL

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · Jun 7

Aesthetic Sharer ZHR @CGdrawing

Lamprotornis chalybaeus pic.twitter.com/bQhPVJwaKQ

How are these birds even real?? They look like they belong in some futuristic techno-utopia?? Are they creepily beautiful government spies???

...would read this novel. #mswl

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · May 17

Coming out of the “Making Hopeful Art in Hopeless Times” panel at the #Nebulas2018.

YES, #MSWL—send me #hopepunk. The world is on fire, so let’s give the good guys agency.

Thanks, @snarkbat, @MikeRUnderwood, @lettie_prell, @J_R_Dawson (and @_alexrowland for coining the term).

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · May 13

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan

A partial list of some of the coolest moms of science fiction and fantasy:
- Molly Weasley (Harry Potter)
- Catelyn Stark (Song of Ice and Fire)
- Mrs. Murry (A Wrinkle in Time)
- Queen Ramonda (Black Panther)
- Tenar (Earthsea)
- Alana (Saga)
- Essun (The Broken Earth)

Consider this whole thread a #MSWL

I want stories about good moms and bad moms, dedicated moms and indifferent moms, moms who move mountains for their kids and moms who do amazing things in spite of having kids.

All these women existed—and continue to exist.

Happy #MothersDay.

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · May 9

Talia Mirai @TaliaMirai

Much as I would love to think I'd wear some super elaborate ensemble to the Met Gala, I know my style. Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is my favorite cathedral I've ever seen. Thanks @kevinwada for this cute idea! #Metsona pic.twitter.com/NUZoYuXKaH

#MSWL

Can you imagine? Avatars of important buildings and cultural landmarks, who wear their façades like beautiful garments? Angkor Wat, the Great Pyramids, the Hagia Sophia, etc.—all walking the earth as mysteriously well-dressed humans?

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · May 6

Oddly specific #MSWL: a story involving a contracts lawyer who specializes in genies, faeries, and other wish-granting entities.

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · Apr 30

Leesha Hannigan @LeeshaHannigan

"Clarity" pic.twitter.com/IhOmTDCxAY

This artwork is incredible. I would buy a book with this warrior woman on the cover!

In other words, #MSWL: a fantasy novel with this protagonist.

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · Apr 13

Sam Sykes @SamSykesSwears

Breakfast Club, but they are at wizard school.

Bring It On, but they are at wizard school.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but he’s at wizard school.

It’s just that easy to make a new genre of film, fellas.

YES—give me “Bring It On” at wizard (or space) school! #mswl

I want #SFF stories about socioeconomic disparities at academic institutions.

Public school zoning on Mars? Affirmative action at fantasy college? Exploitation of student athletes at interstellar universities? PLEASE.

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · Apr 6

E. TONG @_iwakeli_i

hey @guardian, i fixed your headline for you pic.twitter.com/p0Fu06bZgC

I can’t stop thinking about this.

Someone write me a reverse, PoC Howard Carter #SFF novel where cultural artifacts are repatriated to their rightful inheritors. Give me the fantasy or future tech inverse heist novel. #MSWL twitter.com/_iwakeli_i/sta…

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · Apr 4

lianne @ champion sad person @the_sad_gay

do u ever just ship two characters but as exes.. like u dont even care about how they were when they were together you just want them to have History

YES. Especially when exes have to be Mature Adults who interact with each other in professional, humane ways because there are things more important than their old ghosts—like winning a war, or negotiating a peace, or fixing an economy, or passing a law, or RAISING A CHILD. #MSWL

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · Mar 12

Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller

BIG #MSWL for Crossover/Adult SFF

I'm looking for a book that engages with the abuses perpetrated against indigenous people, in particular women, and the colonizer's legacy of violence and oppression.

Please spread the word. I need this book. The world needs this book.

Replying to @laurenspieller

YES. 100%. Would love to see a manuscript like this. #MSWL

Doesn’t need to be American, either. I know it’s an especially important conversation in our country right now—and to be clear, would LOVE this as a US-centric story—but this is a global issue.

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · Mar 3

Stephanie Law @shadowscapes

"Of Kingfishers & Bones"
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#fairytales #mythical #folklore #legend #kingfisher #bird #chinesefairytale #art #watercolorpainting #watercolor #painting pic.twitter.com/JtQc1QnkzW

This painting is mindblowingly beautiful and gives me such Lady of Qiao Guo (岭南圣母) vibes, I can’t even. Somebody write me the #SFF book to go with this artwork, please! #MSWL

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · Feb 19

Elders who contribute meaningfully, whose experience & wisdom are respected. Collective policymaking (even in monarchies).

Just because Western (esp. American) narratives default to youthful, heroic individualism doesn’t mean it’s the only way to build a protagonist.
#MSWL #SFF

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · Feb 19

Domesticated species, architecture, etc. that make sense for the terrain/biome depicted. Even—or rather, especially—in #SFF, consistency in worldbuilding makes a story that much better.

Yes, I want more battle rhinoceroses. I admit it. #MSWL

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · Feb 19

Addendum: anger that masquerades as love, as idealism. Characters who persuade themselves of the righteousness of their own cause, who rationalize extremism born of a seed of compelling truth—because that’s how it so often begins.

You know what I’m talking about.
#MSWL #SFF

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · Feb 19

Different types of love & loyalty at war with each other, esp within the same person. Romantic love. Familial love. Love of country. Love for one’s people. Love for the downtrodden.

Love is stronger than hate, and opposing loves often make the most powerful conflicts.
#SFF #MSWL

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · Feb 19

Beautifully choreographed fight scenes that advance plot, develop character, and worldbuild.

Yes, #BlackPanther has the advantages of a visual medium. It’s harder in prose fiction, but it can be done so, so well. (See @FondaJLee.)
#SFF #MSWL