I’ve had Octavia Butler’s phrase “wild seed” in my head a lot lately. Everyplace I go, everything I do, I keep feeling and running into these magic connections, wild seeds sprouting with unpredictable futures.
1666 satirical utopia fiction.
Also known as one of the earliest science fiction worlds in Western history.
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Illustrations by Mattahan (Paul Davey) from Manchaster, Jamaica. The name Mattahan is from the patois pronunciation of Matterhorn, a popular cigarette brand in Jamaica. Mattahan is a painter who uses digital tools to create these surreal depictions of people who inspire him. The paintings are inspired by moments in his own life.
I love these.
A new video game, Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, is set in 18th Century Louisiana and features the Creole heroine Aveline de Grandpré, who infiltrates plantations, fights masters and incites riots in her missions.
“‘Blackness can be a sort of performance,’ wrote the Kotaku writer Evan Narcisse, who has championed Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, as well as advocated more sophisticated portrayals of African-Americans in video games in general. Liberation makes that metaphor literal, by letting Aveline adopt personas that give her varying abilities and constraints. The ‘lady,’ who dresses and acts like the wealthy free woman that Aveline is, can fool men by charming them and is less likely to be noticed by the guards in the game — but she can’t climb buildings and is weak in a fight. The slave — Aveline disguises herself as one, while she and her white stepmother work to free others — can infiltrate areas under cover of labor. And the assassin persona is, well, less concerned with the historical basis of double consciousness.”
the inheritance of soul.
On February 14, 2014 we will be standing in solidarity with the missing and murdered Indigenous women memorial events in Canada, and we will be honoring the missing and murdered Indigenous women across the continent.
We will also be continuing to organize around violence with community accountability, restoring sovereignty, and moving away from the oppressive legal system. We will be continuing to take back the anti-violence movement from white, carceral feminism, and will be centering it around anti-Blackness and freeing Marissa Alexander. We will be demanding clemency for Dana Deegan. We will be pushing back against more laws that are designed to fill the Prison Industrial Complex, not stop violence against us. Please join us.
THE SEA IS OURS is an anthology of Southeast Asian steampunk. We are looking for steampunk stories that are set in Southeast Asia (SEA), or secondary worlds that evoke Southeast Asia, with Southeast Asian protagonists, in any of the countries that make up the region: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. We are seeking historically and technologically-innovative stories.
Steampunk, for the purposes of this anthology, is defined as an aesthetic that combines technofantasy, anachronism, retro-futurism, an alternate history/world, and the evocation of an incipient industrial revolution. How does the steampunk aesthetic look, feel, sound, smell, or taste like in these regions? What kind of technologies would grow in resource-rich SEAsia? What do our historical figures, our Parameswaras, Trung sisters, Lapu-Lapus, do in such a world?
Submissions are encouraged to explore various levels and kinds of technologies, not just steam technology. Locals myths can also find their way into these stories; what does the mix of technology and fantasy look like in such worlds? We welcome exploration of all kinds of stories: from the extraordinary to the everyday. What changes does accelerated technology create for the local landscape and societies? If historical events are given a steampunk twist, how do their outcomes change, or stay the same?
SUBMISSIONS CLOSE JUNE 30, 2014.
We will contact all submitters within four weeks of submissions closing.GENERAL GUIDELINES:
- •Stories should have a visible development arc, even if they are somewhat experimental.
- •Stories should be in English, but we take a broad view of English, which includes dialect, accents, local slang, and non-English words that express nuances that standard English can’t.
- •Characters should be embedded in their settings. We should not be able to transplant the specifics of their story easily, even if they are based on common science fiction/fantasy archetypes.
- •Local takes on actual historical events are highly encouraged, although not necessary in alternate world settings. Mention in your submission email the specific event you are referencing.
- •Stories featuring queer characters, characters with disabilities, non-normative relationships, and other such non-mainstream narratives are welcome.
ETA: So apparently no one saw fit to mention to me that Indonesia was missing from the list and I had to find out through some wayward middleman tweeting that folks were feeling left out
So I’m editing and re-bageling for ALL THE INDONESIANS!
And if folks could keep reblogging this as a LINK and not convert it to text because it makes following reblogging kind of wonky, that’d be much appreciated
Y’all, blackwolfchng and I really want to see a lot of SEAsian contributors!! We have contacts from the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, a couple in Thailand, and SEAsian-American folx… if you have people in Cambodia, Burma, Timor, Brunei, and Laos that you think we should contact, let us know!!
I also want to specify that non-SEAsians with connections to SEA are also welcome.
I also want to specify that SEAsian ethnic groups who don’t exactly belong to any specific nation-state are also welcome.
I also want to specify that diaspora SEAsians are also welcome.
I also want to specify that SEAsia has a long history of trade with South Asia, Africa, Arabia and East Asian countries and we welcome stories about those histories as well.
THE POSSIBILITIES ARE LARGE AND ENDLESS.
The Cyclic Dictionary of Moods, is a poetry blog that uses mood and the ups and downs of bipolar disorder to inform and guide it’s poetry. The blog is written and ran by the woman who made the Black Women in Sci-fi Playing Women photosets.
"There is a jagged crack running through me, ruining my foundation so that I shift like sedimentary tide."