It’s easy to divide fantasy cultures with bright lines & borders, but nation-states & imperial identities aren’t the only cultural paradigm.
Tagged: the levant
Ancient Princesses from the Levant region served as advisors, diplomats, and independent religious leaders — unlike their Egyptian counterparts.
Echoes of history reverberate through SFF, parallels that can be hard to pick up on, but which still inform how we think about the world. (published at tor.com)
Just because we’re stuck with capitalism & currency-based economic systems doesn’t mean that’s all we can find in our fiction (or history!). (On Tor.com)
History contains thousands of years of inspiration for creating systems for sending in fiction, from Persian couriers to African drums.
We in the West seem to spend a lot of time tracing our cultures back to the maritime empires — thalassocracies — like the Greeks and the Vikings, but we spend very little time talking about the civilization that inspired Greece to consolidate its military power.