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.