rebecca kuss @reebsthereaderi have a new most-hated phrase in kidlit publishing ("too niche") 🤮🙃❌💩
i also have a new most-loved phrase in kidlit publishing ("dark whimsy") 💖🖤🦄🧝🏽♀️
please send me “dark whimsy” (adult & YA); i need more whimsy in my life and the world demands darkness… #mswl
Laura Gao 高宇洋 ✌️ @heylauragaoThe most unrealistic thing about YA fantasy/sci-fi is a teenage boy saving the world. If the world was ending, I’d put my money on an eldest daughter of immigrants.
(hiatus) @StorySorceryI just learned about Boston marriages where wealthy 19th century women "married" each other by moving in together to keep their inherited or hard-earned money to themselves and some of these "marriages" turned into actual romantic relationships. And now I'm obsessed.
#MSWL but witches/vampires/werewolves/etc.
Maybe I’ve been reading too much news lately, but… #MSWL: SF & fantasy where characters’ core political/policy positions evolve over the course of the story, not because they’ve discovered a *conspiracy,* but because they’ve educated themselves about communities and their needs.
Ruoxi Chen @jruoxichenyeah fine you’re right I’d buy this
clairepurslow.github.io/generator/ twitter.com/kurestinarmada… pic.twitter.com/DZwAIKtASW
Steven Sheil @SSheilThis is amazing. Mannakin, a mannequin company in Grantham, offer customers the chance to do a ‘Drive Through Heist’ where you have 15 minutes to fill up your car with mannequin body parts from their mannequin mountain.
Someone is writing this horror story, right? #mswl
Jayson Elliot @JaysonElliotVampires are over, goths are mermaids now pic.twitter.com/bFBqxJMMwQ
Send me all your goth mermaid books—preferably haunting and furious with lyrical writing and a decolonization vibe—please! #mswl
rebecca mix @mixbeccay r we getting cruella when ursula is RIGHT THERE. RIGHT THERE. i don’t need a reason to care about the puppy killer! sometimes people just suck! show me ursula trying to usurp that bearded fuckboi triton & having a fall from grace GIVE ME MY SEA WITCH MOVIE
but also... #mswl! give me more sea witches with dubious morals who want what they want and will do what it takes!
Sam J. Miller @sentencebenderNo, YOU'RE giggling w delight.
NYC "Billionaire's Row" palace a nightmare.
"...eerie creaking & groaning noises often resonate in the apartments, & somewhere in the building exists a garbage chute “that sounds like a bomb” when trash is thrown into it."
Channa Prakash @AgBioWorldMeet YInMn, the First New Blue Pigment in Two Centuries! Created accidentally in 2009 by chemists at Oregon State University. Named after its components — Yttrium, Indium, and Manganese — and its luminous, vivid pigment never fades.
#mswl: a speculative novel that feels like this exact color—luminous, vivid, never-fading
Brandon @blgtylrSo last night, I was having a perfectly fine realist dream. Until I wandered off the property I was staying into the woods where I encountered a witch's cottage. She was a very nice witch. We were talking over the fence of her garden.
#mswl: this entire vibe please
(disclaimer: i love owls! they’re great! but i also love murderous witches who know what they want and protect their own)
Dr Sarah Taber @SarahTaber_bwwYES
So much of the innovative stuff we need to do in the food system is basically sci-fi?
We couldn't just have speculative fiction epics about resurrection forests & floating ocean cities built on living electrified reef
We could be *doing* that shit if we talked about it. twitter.com/jonrog1/status…
#mswl — resources, economies, associated inequities, &c. are entirely my jam
evelyn @drivinatninetylet’s unpack why teenage girls ask the same questions academics do in more accessible terms and get dragged through the mud
#mswl — this is everything I want in YA speculative fiction
also, perfect place to plug @ockaur’s forthcoming YA SF novel, RISE OF THE RED HAND, whose teen heroine asks alllll the uncomfortable questions about power and inequality—often with her fists 😉
Jaymee Goh @jhameiaforget the sexbot scifi stories, bring on the male-passing assistant AIs that exist to run interference for women and nonbinary folks, causing gender chaos and an examination of the human condition thru critique of patriarchy twitter.com/bessbell/statu…
Like many fantasy readers, I love a good boarding school novel. I want one that tackles the Anglo-American boarding school as a tool by which socioeconomic class stratification, western imperialism, and patriarchy are taught and reinforced among impressionable children. #MSWL
How Things Work @ChemistryvidTo defend against wasps, bees create a defense wave known as shimmering. Participating bees need to respond with perfect timing when it's their turn to shimmer. It’s unclear why wasps are intimidated by shimmering, pic.twitter.com/wCSGYG0znt
Someone feature this gloriously strange bee fact in a novel! It seems like something straight out of science fiction. #MSWL
Sarah Guan @🏡 @Sarah_GuanAll 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.
If a vampire comeback materializes, I’m just going to remind the world that this thread exists and is still on my #MSWL. Give me all the PoC vampires with messy family drama and historical traumas that won’t go away esp. since great-granny vamp is still salty about the Opium Wars
#MSWL: Speculative novels that feel like poetry, that call to mind specific poems, without being entirely in verse. Specific poets I like for these purposes: Tennyson, Donne, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Langston Hughes, Omar Khayyam, Wallace Stevens (There are more! Surprise me!)