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Works in the book trade (edits speculative fiction @erewhonbooks ). @Stanford alum, New Yorker, Earth citizen. I 💜 history, theater, & SCIENCE! #WNDB (she/her)

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Sarah Guan @🏡 @Sarah_Guan · Jun 17

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

Sarah Guan @🏡 @Sarah_Guan · May 4

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.

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

Sarah Guan @🏡 @Sarah_Guan · Apr 29

#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!)

Sarah Guan @🏡 @Sarah_Guan · Apr 7

I’m craving speculative stories about immigration & community that cast a wide net. Give me the Ellis Island “empty pockets/big dreams” classic. Give me knowledge workers, refugees, sprawling mixed-status families. Give these characters magic, spaceships, eldritch secrets.

Sarah Guan @🏡 @Sarah_Guan · Mar 21

sqq’s 🍑 @huaslians

OH MY GOD?????????

Somebody write this queer Asian romcom. PLEASE. I don’t even want to edit it (unless it has speculative elements); I just want to pour this novel directly into my eyeballs multiple times.

Sarah Guan @🏡 @Sarah_Guan · Mar 4

Sirens Conference @sirens_con

Question Eight:

What’s an under-used villain trope, or a trope usually attached to male villains, that you’d like to see explored with female and nonbinary villains?


Cults of personality.

Historically & in fiction, villains who amass power via charisma, mass manipulation, & curated public personae are male. Non-male villains usually use psychological/emotional power on individuals (e.g. femmes fatales). I want this trope genderswapped!

Sarah Guan @🏡 @Sarah_Guan · Feb 21

Take a society whose economy, development, and peace are necessarily and realistically built on a foundation of cruelty and injustice.

Some characters fight to right these wrongs. The fall of the old world order visits immense suffering on other oppressed innocents.