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 · 6d

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

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…

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"
#fairytales #mythical #folklore #legend #kingfisher #bird #chinesefairytale #art #watercolorpainting #watercolor #painting

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.

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.

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.

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.)

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · Feb 19

Accents, dialect, and non-English languages in English-language fiction, used in ways that enhance characterization and worldbuilding rather than othering or exoticizing the speaker. #SFF #MSWL

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · Feb 19

White characters interacting with non-white societies at a disadvantage. Non-white civilizations that do not exist for the white gaze, that treat with outsiders on their own terms. #Wakanda, and hundreds more nations like it. #SFF #MSWL

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · Feb 19

Postcolonialism 2.0: multifaceted conflicts that go beyond colonizer and colonized. Give me diaspora, give me infighting on all sides, give me vehement disagreement about a nation’s future that is borne of genuine patriotism and idealism. #SFF #MSWL #BlackPanther

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · Feb 19

Economically realistic motives for colonialism & war. Vibranium is spot-on as an analogue for resources that drove (historical & current) conquest: oil, gold, tea, slaves, spices...

#SFF is full of war stories; give ‘em better reasons than righteousness & border conflicts.

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · Feb 19

Female characters of all stripes with interior lives and motivations that don’t revolve around the male main character. Even if the male protagonist is supposed to save the world. #SFF #MSWL

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · Feb 19

WOC in science who are brilliant, fearless, multifaceted, and celebrated for their contributions. (This last point is important.)

Shuri is the Disney Princess of my dreams. (I was a STEM kid; I have FEELS, ok?) #MSWL #SFF #BlackPanther