It's Sci fi month hosted by Oh, the Books! and Rinn Reads!
I was on the sci fi month blogger panel last Friday, and it inspired me to come up with this flowchart. For those of you who are new to science fiction, or for those of you who are looking for new subgenres to try out, check out this flowchart! If it's too small to read (which it probably is...hehe), go crazy with your browser's zoom or click here for the full size version. You'll have to drag the button at the top of the page to zoom.
So which genre(s) did you end up at? Did you find anything new and exciting you want to try out?
Sanderson always puts so much detail into the worlds and characters he writes about, so it's so easy to imagine them all in my head. I was curious about if other people imagined them the same way, and I started poking around on google imags/deviantart/tumblr. Look at the fantastic pieces of art I found!
Cover artist Michael Whelan's concept art of different characters
(see more art on his website, http://www.michaelwhelan.com/stormlight-archive-original-art/)
Szeth, the assassin in white
Shallan, drawing as usual
This cartoon is adorable! I don't know who Navani is though (maybe she'll appear soon?)
Botanicaxu from DeviantArt came up with this sketch. She has lots of other Stormlight art as well!
Somnicide, also from DeviantArt made this beautiful drawing of Dalinar attacking the chasmfiend:
This is supposedly the cover of the Chinese edition of the book. ISN'T IT BEAUTIFUL?
Ok, I think I'm done gaping at these extraordinary pieces o…
We talk about how the fantasy genre is dominated by European-inspired medieval castles and knights and princesses, but I think we take it for granted that most of the science fiction genre is very Euro-centric and focused on the western world. Although science fiction is growing to be more inclusive and include people of color, a lot of the times the setting and culture is still very much a reflection of America or Europe. I have found a few gems that are inspired by other cultures, though, and I wanted to share them! I'll also have some honorable mentions for the books that include characters of multiple cultures even if the overall setting is still western.
1. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
Jemisin's Fifth season draws a lot of its cultural inspiration from Africa. Skin tones of people vary from dark brown to alabaster, but the majority of the characters are people of color. The villages in this book are described in such a way that the village of my great grandparents in…