Sarah Guan


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

New York

Orbit Books

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · Mar 14

L. D. Lewis 🦊 @Ellethevillain

I need more books that use settings *as* characters as well. I love living histories! Places can d/evolve and have arcs of their own. Stories can happen *to* and not just *in* them. And exploring that doesn't have to be pigeonholed as worldbuilding alone.

One of the things good gothic fantasy & claustrophobic scary spaceship stories have in common is that they both do setting-as-character well.

Really, any setting can be made to feel like a character. Creepy castle? Floating city? Jungle that *devours* people? YES.


Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · Feb 14

A Valentine’s Day #MSWL: grand, complex, diverse, epic science fiction and fantasy—with a fraught central romance that has lasting consequences for the world.

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · Jan 2

New year, new (evergreen) #MSWL:
Smash the patriarchy.

Give me men who are gentle, with soft, artistic souls & loved ones to care for

Give me women who are ruthless & sharp-edged w/o being ground to dust for it

Give me NB heroes who are any & all of these, who live their truth

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · 12 Oct 2018

A type of primary relationship I’d love to see more in #SFF: comrades-in-arms—not only warrior/soldier siblings-in-battle, but also people fighting for common causes in politics, in the workplace, in civil society, &c. who believe viscerally in their purpose & in each other #MSWL

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · 2 Oct 2018

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan

All this chatter about a vampire (and werewolf) comeback. I have thoughts...

I like my supernatural, human-but-not characters. But I’d love some new takes—not the resurrecting of classics that worked the last time around. Let’s see new perspectives get a bite at that apple.

After a fantastic chat with @hroot, @tayhaggerty, and the Orbit editorial team this afternoon, I’ve realized that one of my evergreen #MSWL items is “sprawling, deeply messed up, magical families who both love and hate each other, and maybe change the world sometimes.”

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · 30 Sep 2018

After Trump’s bizarre statement about exchanging love letters w/ Kim Jong Un, I can’t help thinking it‘d be an interesting SFF novel idea: 2 unstable dictators w/ huge egos inherit world-ending arsenals & a fraught standoff, begin a diplomatic correspondence, & fall in love

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · 19 Sep 2018

#MSWL: secondary world SFF political systems based on historical governments that weren’t quasi-absolute monarchies—e.g. the Japanese shogunate, the Iroquois Confederacy, the Ancient Greek polis, the elected Khans of the Mongol Empire, the city-states of the Aztec Triple Alliance

Sarah Guan @Sarah_Guan · 12 Sep 2018

#MSWL: anti-colonialist adult #SFF that’s not just about throwing off the hegemon’s rule, but also the complexities of economic independence, recovering lost cultural heritage, & constituting a government that doesn’t replicate oppressive structures put in place by the colonizer.