Did I seriously just read a submissions call for a steampunk wuxia anthology that included the line an alternate history where Britain not only won the Opium War but conquered China…??
Does that even count as alternate history??
Look, okay, unless that scenario features Chinese rebels overthrowing their British oppressors, there’s no way that story wouldn’t be full of fail.
Ugh. I can’t believe someone thought this was a good idea. Well, I guess I can believe it (and that some people out there are probably contemplating writing it), I just don’t want to.
WHY does the world need more fic that glorifies imperialism & colonialism?
1) Yes you did read that line.
2) It’s TOTALLY ALTERNATE BECAUSE BRITAIN DIDN’T CONQUER CHINA.
3) A lot of white people probably think this is a good idea. Prolly now a lot more since China is becoming a rising power. So Chinese culture is totally equal to white culture amirite? And totally game for messing around with, because look, those Chinese ppls do that to us all the time anyway.
Is it… IS THAT THE GUY WHO WROTE A “WUXIA” STORY SET IN POST-APOCALYPTIC CANADA (no offense to my Canadian followers — I’m just saying, when I think “wuxia,” I don’t think of your country) THAT FEATURED CHARACTERS NAMED MARC AND SUSANNAH?
I don’t know. And I think I don’t want to know. His story is in Crossed Genres Quarterly 1 if you want to track it down.
But I have feelings about this antho.
Did Arabs in Al-Andalus ever stop developing their sciences?
Serious question. Wikipedia’s not helping and I know way too little about this history to be able to create meaningful search phrases, whether for Google, the library catalogue, or journal databases.
SHIT SHIT SHIT CHECK OUT THIS LIST OF SPEC FIC BY WRITERS OF COLOR
IF I HAD KNOWN THIS WAS ALL GONNA BE LOADED ON THE EREADERS BEING RAFFLED OFF BY THE CARL BRANDON SOCIETY…. I MEAN JUST LOOK:
- Judgment of Swords and Souls by Saladin Ahmed
- Elan Vital by K. Tempest Bradford
- The Executioner by Jenn Brissett
- The Flinchfield Dance by Mary Burroughs (A Butler Scholar*)
- The Abyss Gazes Also By Christopher Caldwell (A Butler Scholar*)
- A – The Teachings by Chesya Burke
- Chocolate Park by Chesya Burke
- He Who Takes Away the Pain by Chesya Burke
- King Maker: The Knights of Breton Court by Maurice Broaddus (Angry Robot)
- Racing the Dark by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Agate Bolden)
Anthologies and Collections
- A Mosque Among the Stars, ed. Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, Ahmed A. Khan (ZC Books)
- Being Full of Light Insubstantial by Linda Addison – Winner of the 2007 Bram Stoker Award (Space and Time)
- Tides From The New Worlds by Tobias S Buckell (Wyrm Publishing)
- Slightly Behind and to the Left: Four Stories and Three Drabbles by Claire Light (Aqueduct Press)
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This sounds like my kind of dissertation.
You are all following Chinese History Dissertation Reviews, of course.
What? You’re not? Really?
Well, you’re missing out on things like this, from the review of Matthew David Johnson’s International and Wartime Origins of the Propaganda State: The Motion Picture in China, 1897-1955:
In Chapter Three, “Wartime Propaganda States, 1937-1945,” Johnson skillfully shows how cinema yielded to the omnipresent logic of wartime mobilization as the Nationalists, the Communists, and the Japanese state of Manchuria each used film to influence mass opinion and legitimate their political power. Driven by wartime mobilization, the Nationalists attempted to assimilate commercial modes of production under state control; yet a lack of resources left the Nationalist film industry unable to realize its hegemonic aspirations. The Communists, located in remote Yan’an and subject to frequent blockades and attacks, were not significantly more successful, failing to construct even basic film production facilities. At times, the Yan’an production stories recounted by Johnson read as tragicomic sagas: A Border Region Labor Hero, originally slated to be a major Yan’an production, lost scriptwriters, faced electric shortages and other technical difficulties, was repeatedly disrupted by battles, and was finally abandoned when the figure upon whom the story was based, Wu Manyou, was captured by the Nationalists and issued a public denunciation of the Communist Party. Japanese-occupied Manchuria, in the meantime, saw the emergence of an integrated ‘state-policy’ film industry which would serve as a model for later state film operations.
I can’t be the only one who wants to read about A Border Region Labor Hero and the nascent Communist film industry’s struggles in Yan’an. Can I?
Well, we Tumblrites might be if it were on Tumblr! However, many of us do have feeds of our own that we can most certainly add this lovely link to! Thank you, Mr. Nevins, for bringing this to our attention!