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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


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.



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.

Rose Foxrosefox on May 3rd, 2012 10:12 pm (UTC)
Making corrections is part of being a professional publication. I appreciate that both of you brought it to my attention, directly or indirectly. *)

(The error was probably mine and not the reviewer's. I am woeful at geography and history. Learning as quickly as I can, but woeful. So thank you for the education.)

Edited at 2012-05-03 10:13 pm (UTC)
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 4th, 2012 09:40 am (UTC)
Well, and like I said, it's absolutely not the first time a reviewer thought Mughals were Middle-Eastern; it's a systemic issue, and not at all just you or the reviewer.

It's tied into the way history and geography (and really other subjects too; who gets taught that the Fibonacchi sequence was known in India long before some Euro dude decided to put his name to it?) are taught *very* selectively, with a major Eurocentric and/or US-centric focus; it's the groundwork that makes the rest of our cultural whitewashing so effective. That's what concerns me, really.

...I'm realizing I would probably make a more positive change to that if I put up a map of the Mughal Empire or something :)