Uterine Dispatch @uterinedispatchWhat if, when a woman died during an unsafe #abortion, the man who got her pregnant died too?
THIS THREAD. This is a killer (pun very much intended) speculative fiction premise. Is someone writing this? Please? #MSWL
Islam & Science @IslamScienceNetFounded by a Muslim woman – Fatima al-Fihri, the University of Al Qarawiyyin (founded as a madrasa-mosque complex) in Fez, Morocco, opened its doors in 859. It is the oldest university in the world which is still operational. pic.twitter.com/3txg7El2CX
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
Aesthetic Sharer ZHR @CGdrawingLamprotornis 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_GuanA 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.
Talia Mirai @TaliaMiraiMuch 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
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?
Yoshi Yoshitani @yoshisquaredHere's my #Metsona for @kevinwada's challenge!
Inspired by the former persecution of the Catholic faith in Japan, and Catholic Samurai folk heroes like Amakusa Shirō
It's a complicated and nuanced part of Japanese, Catholic, political, and colonization history, read more! pic.twitter.com/zEF1WApjZ8
*lies on floor, envisions an epic tale of (possibly genderbent) warrior heroes, religious conflict, magic, nuanced takes on colonial politics, etc.*
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.
Sam Sykes @SamSykesSwearsBreakfast 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_GuanAnyway, there are so many tropes about magical artifacts. How about a ring quest where the colonizers took all the gold—ring included? How about conquerors who couldn’t get the sword out of the stone, so they took the whole damn stone as a trophy, like with the Egyptian obelisks?
How about an anticolonial twist on the scholar-hero who seeks “lost” or “underutilized” arcana from cultures not their own? #MSWL
Read this @hopkins_exhibit article on the questions that one #SFF work, #BlackPanther, asks of the museum studies field:
E. TONG @_iwakeli_ihey @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…
lianne @ champion sad person @the_sad_gaydo 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
Lauren Spieller @laurenspiellerBIG #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.
Stephanie Law @shadowscapes"Of Kingfishers & Bones"
#fairytales #mythical #folklore #legend #kingfisher #bird #chinesefairytale #art #watercolorpainting #watercolor #painting pic.twitter.com/JtQc1QnkzW
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.
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