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03 May 2012 @ 08:54 pm
PW review of Mammoth Book of Steampunk, the good and the inaccurate (ETA: fixed!)  

ETA: It's been fixed! Yay! But not before tithenai and I decided it was an in-world French plot to destabilize our fictional nations! :D

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So there's a PW review of the Mammoth Book of Steampunk! And it's starred, and very positive, and mentions my story, so awesome!

Except for one thing.  The reviewer seems to think that (Mughal) India is in the Middle East:
...Shweta Narayan and Amal El-Mohtar’s stories take place in fantastic versions of the Middle East.

Um.



No?

They're not the first reviewer to say this about my Mughal-setting stories, either.  So, just to set the record straight, guys: Islam existed, and continues to exist, in places other than the Middle East.

This has been a PSA.

 
 
 
Calyx of the Heavensheavenscalyx on May 3rd, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
ARGH
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 3rd, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah I had not realized this was a thing that needed saying.
I often seem to be wrong about that sort of thing.
(no subject) - heavenscalyx on May 3rd, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
silk_noir: Me Hatsilk_noir on May 3rd, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
~facepalm~

But, I mean, good, otherwise.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 3rd, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I want to be thrilled. But. Um.
gwynnega: Barry Ryangwynnega on May 3rd, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
::shakes head::
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 3rd, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
So much.
Tithenai: Not that kind of storytithenai on May 3rd, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
Seriously, man. UnnamedSyrianRuler is APPALLED at this and recognizes the hand of the backwards FRENCH in this instance of shameless pot-stirring! But what can one expect of the uncivilized West?
shweta_narayan: mangatarshweta_narayan on May 3rd, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
Fortunately for international relations between civilized lands, Jahanara is too canny to trust those foreigners.

Though she's willing to make one exception there :wiggles eyebrows:
(no subject) - tithenai on May 3rd, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - shweta_narayan on May 3rd, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - tithenai on May 3rd, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - shweta_narayan on May 3rd, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC) (Expand)
question mark with teethpantryslut on May 3rd, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
*facepalm*
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 3rd, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
yeeeah
Dr. Kvetch: gevaltrose_lemberg on May 3rd, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
I always thought that the Middle East was larger than most people gave it credit for - and here is proof at last! (/endSnark)
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 3rd, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
*giggling*
Also, perfect icon is perfect.
(no subject) - tithenai on May 3rd, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Rose Foxrosefox on May 3rd, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
Amal just pinged me about this; I fixed it. Very sorry about that!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 3rd, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
No worries, and thanks so much for fixing it! Amal has good ideas.
(no subject) - rosefox on May 3rd, 2012 10:12 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - shweta_narayan on May 4th, 2012 09:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
Mari Nessmariness on May 3rd, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
At Epcot this weekend I heard a well intentioned mother explain to her curious child that Morocco is in the Middle East -- right next to India!

So now you know.

To be fair, this was in a location where Morocco is right next to France and Japan and serves excellent coffee with liquor :) Highly recommended, in fact.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 4th, 2012 09:30 am (UTC)
I am finally starting to understand why Americans thought a war in Iraq had anything to do with Afghanistan.
(no subject) - mariness on May 4th, 2012 12:14 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - shweta_narayan on May 4th, 2012 12:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mariness on May 4th, 2012 12:34 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - shweta_narayan on May 4th, 2012 12:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Sovay: Cho Hakkai: intelligencesovay on May 3rd, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
But not before tithenai and I decided it was an in-world French plot to destabilize our fictional nations!

Collaborative story!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 4th, 2012 09:31 am (UTC)
Oh it's gonna be even better than that *evil grin*
thistle in greythistleingrey on May 4th, 2012 04:03 am (UTC)
<irony>But the East is so expansive and scary, and India is sort of in the middle, between China and the Mi-- oh, wait.</irony> My eyes roll forever. Somehow it's worse when this is stuff that Wikipedia agrees with itself on, and that two seconds of checking any kind of pretense at a reference source would fix.

Edited at 2012-05-04 04:03 am (UTC)
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 4th, 2012 09:32 am (UTC)
I think the issue is that to check, one has to realize there's something to check. Like, for example, whether a Muslim empire *could* be somewhere other than the Middle East.
(no subject) - thistleingrey on May 4th, 2012 03:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 4th, 2012 09:33 am (UTC)
Yes! to both *facepalm*
What's really getting me is belatedly understanding just how ubiquitous this sort of geographyfail is. I thought *I* was bad at geography....