Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Table of Contents for THE SEA IS OURS: TALES OF STEAMPUNK SOUTHEAST ASIA

It's been a while! What with grading and assisting teaching and writing my dissertation proposal and going to conventions and whatnot! 

But! The manuscript of THE SEA IS OURS is done and handed to my publisher, and I am pretty confident that nothing else will be changed, so here is the table of contents!

On The Consequence of Sound - Timothy Dimacali
Chasing Volcanoes - Marilag Angway
Ordained - L. L. Hill
The Last Aswang - Alessa Hinlo
Life Under Glass - Nghi Vo
Between Severed Souls - Paolo Chikiamco
The Unmaking of the Cuadro Amoroso - Kate Osias
Working Woman - Olivia Ho
Spider Here - Robert Liow
The Chamber of Souls - Z. M. Quynh
Petrified - Ivanna Mendels
The Insects and Women Sing Together - Pear Nuallak

We have have first-timers and some more established writers, and all except one writer are of SEAsian descent, which I'm very proud of. Some of them you may know from the Philippine Spec Fic Annuals which is rather difficult to get outside of the Philippines, so I'm pleased to be able to have them here. They are all really talented, and I'm 100% certain that this anthology will have a particular voice that no other steampunk anthology (or anthology using the word "steampunk" in its title) has. You will have to read it to decide whether you agree with me.  

We are finalizing the AMAZING cover and I will announce that soon too! It is very similar to the postcard that Khor Shing Yin made for us to promote ourselves a while back.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Link: Racism Without Racists by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Surfacing from writing my prospectus, editing the SEAsteampunk manuscript, and preparing for the end-of-quarter madness to drop off a few important links.

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva's book, Racism Without Racists: Colorblind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States, is a 2006 book in PDF and it's basically what it says on the tin. 

If the book is too tl;dr for you (and it is, after all, a BOOK), here is a Pyschology Today article on the same topic: "Colorblind Ideology is a Form of Racism"

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Colours of Steampunk Shopping

So, I am one of those geeks who get JoAnn's discounts (thanks, Andrea, for introducing me to this franchise, I really needed a moneysuck in my life) and yesterday I went to the store to have a look at what wares they offer. 

I've bought a couple of books that have "Steampunk" somewhere in the title, mostly DIY craft books that aren't functionally different from most other craftbooks, except the examples they give are things that are labeled "steampunk" which, I have to say, aren't really functionally different from other things either... they've just got a certain shape and colour.