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julianaegley:

desidere:

cbrachyrhynchos:

nineprotons:

notapaladin:

prettylittlerobbers:

missolivialouise:

Here’s a thing I’ve had around in my head for a while!

Okay, so I’m pretty sure that by now everyone at least is aware of Steampunk, with it’s completely awesome Victorian sci-fi aesthetic. But what I want to see is Solarpunk – a plausible near-future sci-fi genre, which I like to imagine as based on updated Art Nouveau, Victorian, and Edwardian aesthetics, combined with a green and renewable energy movement to create a world in which children grow up being taught about building electronic tech as well as food gardening and other skills, and people have come back around to appreciating artisans and craftspeople, from stonemasons and smithies, to dress makers and jewelers, and everyone in between. A balance of sustainable energy-powered tech, environmental cities, and wicked cool aesthetics. 

A lot of people seem to share a vision of futuristic tech and architecture that looks a lot like an ipod – smooth and geometrical and white. Which imo is a little boring and sterile, which is why I picked out an Art Nouveau aesthetic for this.

With energy costs at a low, I like to imagine people being more inclined to focus their expendable income on the arts!

Aesthetically my vision of solarpunk is very similar to steampunk, but with electronic technology, and an Art Nouveau veneer.

So here are some buzz words~

Natural colors!
Art Nouveau!
Handcrafted wares!
Tailors and dressmakers!
Streetcars!
Airships!
Stained glass window solar panels!!!
Education in tech and food growing!
Less corporate capitalism, and more small businesses!
Solar rooftops and roadways!
Communal greenhouses on top of apartments!
Electric cars with old-fashioned looks!
No-cars-allowed walkways lined with independent shops!
Renewable energy-powered Art Nouveau-styled tech life!

Can you imagine how pretty it would be to have stained glass windows everywhere that are actually solar panels? The tech is already headed in that direction!  Or how about wide-brim hats, or parasols that are topped with discreet solar panel tech incorporated into the design, with ports you can stick your phone charger in to?

(((Character art by me; click the cityscape pieces to see artist names)))

i am so into this wow

sign me the fuck up

I want a solarpunk future. *_*

Wow.

SOLARPUNK OH MY GODDDDDD i love it

CURVY ORGANIC LINES, REFLECT NATURE, FLORALS VEGETATION, UGHHHH I WANT IT 

So pretty. Want. Now.

sourcedumal:

dynastylnoire:

note-a-bear:

dynastylnoire:

blackhistoryalbum:

The Black Victorians | Circa Late 1800s

Source: My Ancestor’s Name

someone cosplay her immediately

how much you wanna bet she was hunting vampires

LISTEN!!!! Someone make this a thing!!!!

I need this.

Viceroy Chang, cyborg steampunk panda and my convention companion,  has an very important message to our readers: “Hands up, Don’t Shoot.”

Often, it’s easy to slip into the “convention bubble” and ignore the serious issues affecting others. Like how we should keep the “punk” in steampunk, we should also work toward dismantling historically-created systems of oppression when we see it, and not just make it our Alt Hist fantasy.

Dragon*Con is coming up in less than a week. Along with conducting an array of panels and meeting with book people (contact me for available appointments),* at the convention I will be wearing and selling black ribbons in protest against police brutality and the death of Mike Brown. Ribbons will be “pay-as-you-wish” — I’ll accept anything from a copper Abe Lincoln to a Benjamin.

All proceeds will be donated to several organizations to help the citizens of Ferguson & the Brown family when I return from the convention. The orgs haven’t been chosen yet, because I don’t know which ones will still need support in a couple of weeks, but it will be one or two on this list of grassroots organizations. People are, of course, welcome to donate directly to any of them now.

For those of you who don’t know my face (and hey, with thousands of congoers, it can get pretty hectic), I’ll be sporting the above arm band while walking around the con. Feel free to flag me down to donate and ask for a ribbon.

Please signal-boost widely, and I’ll see some of you in Atlanta!

*Brief legal disclaimer to mention that my support does not reflect the opinions of my employers.

This? Is why I think it’s vital that we fight for diverse literature in schools. When the book-banning folks come out, it’s so often to shut down a person belonging to a minority group speaking about experiences that make people uncomfortable. Of course we are uncomfortable. We are complicit. It takes discomfort to impel change.

Not all kids will get a real picture of the world at home; I certainly didn’t. Those kids may go on to be the next generation of oppressors, having been taught lies that cause them to see minorities as subhuman, unless they have outside influences to show them otherwise. It matters that they read books by African-Americans, by women, by LGBT authors. It matters that they gain empathy and experience others’ lives.

It matters that they become uncomfortable enough to change.

Dragon*Con - Agent & Authors - FYI

writersyndrome:

After reading Kameron Hurley’s article on editors and the role they play in inclusive stories, I thought it’d be a pertinent moment to point out that I’ll be at Dragon*Con in a week and a half.

While I love all of the panels I get to do, I attend conventions specifically to seek out writing talent. Writers & agents, if you are interested in making an appointment with me to talk about your work, let me know via Ask. Please include your email in your message. 

For those of you curious about what I’m looking for, an “official” spiel (this is literally what I had emailed agents earlier this year):

I’m looking to acquire speculative fiction novels for adult and young adult readers. I also have an interest in SF/F/H graphic novels that are both emotionally gripping and visually stunning.

Generally, my reading tastes walk the line between literary and commercial; I want clever books without pretension. Ideas involving politics and history spark my interest, but the edgy, the occult, and the psychological always pull me in.

Genres that fit my wheelhouse include historical fantasy, steampunk, alternate history, near-future science fiction, high-concept science fiction, dark fantasy, and contemporary fantasy. In particular, I’m interested in multicultural narratives with authentic characters that portray experiences from marginalized perspectives—whether they encompass gender, race, class, or sexuality.

“Cross-genre” books strongly appeal to me too: so if you have a mystery-solving wizard scientist who travels through time, send that manuscript my way!

While I am open to all submissions that fit into the above, I am also specifically interested in fostering new talent by writers of color and from other marginalized backgrounds.

For those unfamiliar with Tor Books and our associated imprints, check us out here. 

Feel free to boost this widely!

Re-blogging for the night shift.

cbcdiversity:

The Dear Book Publishers series is a showcase of letters written by 5th graders from Dothan Brook School. These students were tasked with looking at the diversity in their school library’s picture book collection along with the race of children featured on Kindergarten Second Step cards. Reacting to what they had learned, the students wrote letters to book publishers, the Vermont Agency of Education, the school principal, and the district superintendent. During the month of August, CBC Diversity will showcase all of the letters created by the Dothan Brook School’s 5th grade class.

srednod:

Figures at the Fountain of Sultan Ahmet III, Istanbul Felice Beato and James Robertsen 1850

 

Dragon*Con - Agent & Authors - FYI

writersyndrome:

After reading Kameron Hurley’s article on editors and the role they play in inclusive stories, I thought it’d be a pertinent moment to point out that I’ll be at Dragon*Con in a week and a half.

While I love all of the panels I get to do, I attend conventions specifically to seek out writing talent. Writers & agents, if you are interested in making an appointment with me to talk about your work, let me know via Ask. Please include your email in your message. 

For those of you curious about what I’m looking for, an “official” spiel (this is literally what I had emailed agents earlier this year):

I’m looking to acquire speculative fiction novels for adult and young adult readers. I also have an interest in SF/F/H graphic novels that are both emotionally gripping and visually stunning.

Generally, my reading tastes walk the line between literary and commercial; I want clever books without pretension. Ideas involving politics and history spark my interest, but the edgy, the occult, and the psychological always pull me in.

Genres that fit my wheelhouse include historical fantasy, steampunk, alternate history, near-future science fiction, high-concept science fiction, dark fantasy, and contemporary fantasy. In particular, I’m interested in multicultural narratives with authentic characters that portray experiences from marginalized perspectives—whether they encompass gender, race, class, or sexuality.

“Cross-genre” books strongly appeal to me too: so if you have a mystery-solving wizard scientist who travels through time, send that manuscript my way!

While I am open to all submissions that fit into the above, I am also specifically interested in fostering new talent by writers of color and from other marginalized backgrounds.

For those unfamiliar with Tor Books and our associated imprints, check us out here. 

Feel free to boost this widely!

dynastylnoire:

1109-83:

funkymonkey-boy:

 ”A product of U.S. Army-sanctioned mass slaughter of American bison in the 1800s, these bison skulls are waiting to be ground for fertilizer, most likely in the American midwest. The slaughter was so effective that the population of bison in the U.S. is estimated to have dropped from around 60 million in 1800 to as few as 750 in 1890.”

They were slaughtered as part of a U.S. Government Policy to rid the plains of the main food source of the tribes that lived there.

"…to rid the plains of the main food source of the tribes that lived there."

America has been stuck on genocide ever since white people landed here.

@LAUNTS