remember: if you’re attending a school that gives you a .edu email address, you can upgrade your amazon.com account to prime for free by going on and choosing the college/student membership. that means you get the prime 2-day shipping and even some textbook discounts (not to mention AFAIK you enjoy the amazon instant access for free for the duration of your edu email being active)
well at least someone is looking out for students
Here’s a thing I’ve had around in my head for a while!
Okay, so I’m pretty sure that by now everyone at least is aware of Steampunk, with it’s completely awesome Victorian sci-fi aesthetic. But what I want to see is Solarpunk – a plausible near-future sci-fi genre, which I like to imagine as based on updated Art Nouveau, Victorian, and Edwardian aesthetics, combined with a green and renewable energy movement to create a world in which children grow up being taught about building electronic tech as well as green gardening and other skills, and people have come back around to appreciating artisans and craftspeople, from stonemasons and smithies, to dress makers and jewelers, and everyone in between. A balance of sustainable energy-powered tech, environmental cities, and wicked cool aesthetics.
A lot of people seem to share a vision of futuristic tech and architecture that looks a lot like an ipod – smooth and geometrical and white. Which imo is a little boring and sterile, which is why I picked out an Art Nouveau aesthetic for this.
With energy costs at a low, I like to imagine people being more inclined to focus their expendable income on the arts!
Aesthetically my vision of solarpunk is very similar to steampunk, but with electronic technology, and an Art Nouveau veneer.
So here are some buzz words~
Tailors and dressmakers!
Stained glass window solar panels!!!
Education in tech and food growing!
Less corporate capitalism, and more small businesses!
Solar rooftops and roadways!
Communal greenhouses on top of apartments!
Electric cars with old-fashioned looks!
No-cars-allowed walkways lined with independent shops!
Renewable energy-powered Art Nouveau-styled tech life!
Can you imagine how pretty it would be to have stained glass windows everywhere that are actually solar panels? The tech is already headed in that direction! Or how about wide-brim hats, or parasols that are topped with discreet solar panel tech incorporated into the design, and ports you can stuck your phone charger in to?
Few notes: All books redirect to goodreads page. My focus is on high/heroic/historic/mythological fantasy, any other genres are stated in the brackets.
Please, add books and notes at will but remember to include only these in where either the protagonist or an important side character belongs to LGBTQ+.
(I also have a list here, which I’m going to update every time someone adds another book to this list)
GAY/BI MALE CHARACTERS
- Rain Wild Chronicles (part of Realm of the Elderlings series), Robin Hobb
- The Books of Outremer, Chaz Brenchley
- The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller
- The Tale of the Five Omnibus, Diane Duane
- The Last Herald Mage series (part of Valdemar series), Mercedes Lackey
- Nightrunner series, Lynn Flewelling
- The Steel Remains (part of A Land Fit fot Heroes series), Richard K. Morgan
- The Wode Series, J. Tullos Hennig
- Mordred, Bastard Son, Douglas Clegg
- The Knights of Camelot series, Sarah Luddington
- The Mortal Instruments, Cassie Clare
- Kirith Kirin, Jim Grimsley
- The Fire’s Stone, Tanya Huff
- Shadowdance, Robin Wayne Bailey (trigger warning for rape)
- Doctrine of Labyrinths series, Sarah Monette
- Swordspoint & The Privilege of the Sword & The Fall of the Kings (part of Riverside world), Ellen Kushner
- Iskryne World Series, Sarah Monette
- Torsere Series, Annabelle Jacobs
- Captive Prince Series, C.S. Pacat
- Micah Grey series, Laura Lam (a bisexual intersex afab male protagonist)
- Gay Knights And Horny Heroes: Tales from the Court of King Arthur, Michael Gouda (very nsfw in a very ridiculous setting. Also spoiler: everyone is gay and horny)
- [steampunk] Havemercy series, Jaida Jones, Danielle Bennett
- [steampunk] A Book of Tongues (Hexslinger series), Gemma Files
- [steampunk] The God Eaters, Jesse Hajicek
- [steampunk] Lord of the White Hell, Ginn Hale
- [urban fantasy] Rifter Series, Ginn Hale
- [urban fantasy] Autobiography of Red, Anne Carson
- [urban fantasy] The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice
- [sf] Bas-Lag Trilogy, China Miéville
- [sf] Warchild series, Karin Lowachee
- [dystopian sf] Mind Fuck, Manna Francis
LESBIAN/BI FEMALE CHARACTERS
Good Lesbian Books - it’s worth checking this site; it’s a guide to lesbian books, with books neatly organized into genres and themes
- Circle of Magic, Tamora Pierce
- Huntress & Ash, Malinda Lo
- The Steel Remains, Richard K. Morgan
- Chronicles of Tornor, Elizabeth A. Lynn
- When Women Were Warriors series, Catherine M. Wilson
- The Saga of the Renunciates & Thendara House (from Darkover series), Marion Zimmer Bradley
- Lythande, Marion Zimmer Bradley
- Elemental Logic series, Laurie J. Marks
- Banshee’s Honor, Shaylynn Rose
- Kushiel’s Legacy series, Jacqueline Carey
- Wolfcry (part of The Kiesha’ra series), Amelia Atwater-Rhode
- The Dark Wife, Sarah Diemer
- The Witch Sea, Sarah Diemer (for free! The link leads to the download page)
- Sappho’s Fables: Lesbian Fairy Tales series, Elora Bishop and Jennifer Diemer
- Queen’s Champion: The Legend of Lancelot Retold, Cris Newport
- Celaeno series, Jane Fletcher
- Green Universe, Jay Lake
- Sing the Four Quarters (part of Quarter series), Tanya Huff
- Fires of the Faithful (part of Eliana’s Song), Naomi Kritzer
- Dragon Age: The Masked Empire (part of Dragon Age series), Patrick Weekes
- Nantuket Trilogy, S.M. Stirling
- By the Sword, Mercedes Lackey
- Sword of the Guardian, Merry Shannon
- [urban fantasy] The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan
- [urban fantasy] Gossamer Axe, Mass Market
- [urban fantasy] The Red Tree, Caitlín R. Kiernan
- [urban fantasy] The Cirlce, Mats Strandberg and Sara Bergmark Elfgren
- [urban fantasy] Modern Faerie Tales, Holly Black
- [sf] Ascension, Jacqueline Koyanagi
- [sf] Jacob’s Ladder series, Elizabeth Bear
- [sf] Santa Olivia series, Jacqueline Carey
- [sf] Ammonite & Slow River, Nicola Griffith
- [sf] The Telling, Ursula Le Guin
- [sf] Dreamships, Melissa Scott
- [sf] The Stone Gods, Jeanette Winterson
- [sf] Adaptation series, Malinda Lo
- [dystopian] The Holdfast Chronicles, Suzy McKee Charnas
- Vows and Honor series (part of Valdemar series), Mercedes Lackey (asexual female protagonist. Trigger warning for rape as a background story!)
- The Fire’s Stone, Tanya Huff (one of protagonists is an asexual mage princess)
- Banner of the Damned, Sherwood Smith (asexual female protagonist)
- The Deed of Paksenarrion (part of Paksenarrion series), Elizabeth Moon (protagonist may be read as asexual, she certainly isn’t interested in anyone)
- [sf] Jacob’s Ladder series, Elizabeth Bear (asexual lesbian protagonist)
- [sf] short stories: A Fisherman of the Inland Sea (in A Fisherman of the Inland Sea) , Mountain Ways, Unchosen Love (both from The Birthday of the World and Other Stories) , Ursula Le Guin (polyamorous marriages - between two men and two women)
GENDER NON-BINARY & TRANSGENDER CHARACTERS
- Farseer Trilogy & Tawny Man Trilogy & Fitz and The Fool Trilogy (part of Realm of the Elderlings series), Robin Hobb (gender non-binary major character)
- Eon series, Alison Goodman (one of side characters is trans woman)
- Bloodhound (part of YA series Beka Cooper), Tamora Pierce (features a trans woman)
- The Bone Palace (part of The Necromancer Chronicles), Amanda Downum (major trans female character)
- A Story of the First History series, Mary Gentle (gender non-binary protagonsit)
- Children of the Triad series, Laurie J. Marks (one of the species, Aeyrie, is genderless, referred to with gender-neutral pronouns Id, Ids and Idre)
- Micah Grey series, Laura Lam (a bisexual intersex afab male protagonist)
- Tamír Triad, Lynn Flewelling (Princess Tamir is born female, but to protect them they are magically transformed into male and raised as a boy. Later in the books they are transformed into female again)
- [urban fantasy] The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan (main character is in a relationship with her transgender girlfriend)
- [dystopia] The Butterfly and the Flame, Dana De Young (trans female protagonist)
- [dystopia] Bone Dance, Emma Bull (agender protagonist)
- [sf] The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard (an anthology of transgender narratives)
- [sf] Vorkosigan Saga, Lois McMaster Bujold (major intersex character, trigger warning? for referring to them with “it” pronouns)
- [sf] The Left Hand of Darkness (part of Hainish Cycle), Ursula Le Guin (intersex society)
- [sf] 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (very broad range of gender and sexual identity)
- [sf] Imajica, Clive Barker (one of characters is an interdimensional traveler whose body can shift between sexes)
- [post-apocalyptic] Wraeththu series, Storm Constantine (intersex society)
This is so important!
I never know what to ask and end up looking like a fool cause I don’t have a question prepared.
Don’t be me.
WOLEVRINE’S MARVEL COMICS MASTERPOST
I have received tonsof questions regarding comics, where to buy them, where to read them, where to download them, etc. This post is for all the download links I have previously used, or tested out. If any of these links stop working then make sure to contact me, and I’ll see what I can do.
Before you use these links you will need a comic reader. There are a bunch that you can find on the internet, but I recommend reading through this website to find out which one is right for you.
DISCLAIMER: these comics in no way belong to me, they belong to their rightful owner. I do not gain any profit from this post, it is for public use and enjoyment.
THE AVENGERS (2012)
AVENGERS VS X-MEN (2012)
1) YOUNG AVENGERS VOLUME 1 (2005)
2) YOUNG AVENGERS AND RUNAWAYS CIVIL WAR (2006)
3) YOUNG AVENGERS PRESENTS (2008)
4) YOUNG AVENGER AND THE RUNAWAYS SECRET INVASION (2008)
5) YOUNG AVENGERS DARK REIGN (2009)
6) YOUNG AVENGERS SIEGE (2010)
7) AVENGERS CHILDREN’S CRUSADE (2010)
8) YOUNG AVENGERS VOLUME 2 (2013)
THE UNCANNY X-MEN (1963)
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2012)
ROCKET RACCOON (2014)
LEGENDARY STAR-LORD (2014)
IRON MAN: EXTREMIS (2005)
HAWKEYE: BLINDSPOT (2013)
WORLD WAR HULK (2007)
BLACK WIDOW (2014)
LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD (2014)
ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER (2014)
CAPTAIN MARVEL (2014)
MS. MARVEL (2014)
These are all the comic download links that Ihave used, but there are many more out there that I haven’t. If you’d like me to add a specific comic’s download links to this list, send me a message and I will see what I can do.
If you found this helpful, please like/reblog, because it did take me a long time, and it would mean a lot!
LIST OF THE WEEK: TEN LESBIAN PROTAGONISTS
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Necklaces for Different Necklines Created by Imogen Lamport from Inside Out Style here. There’s also a link to Polyvore for all the individual pieces. First seen on Donatella’s inspiration & realisation Facebook page.
oh thank god i needed this
Essential Productivity Apps for any student:
- Caffeine- Prevents your screen from going into sleep mode. Great if you’re writing notes on an article and the screen keeps dimming, whilst you hope that if you stare long enough, the phrase “homologous ways to a view of hegemony” will start to make sense.
- Flux- If you find that you can’t sleep for ages after studying late at night, then this app is a total game changer. It basically turns the light on the screen red, because science people say that blue light keeps you awake and red light doesn’t. (*Full Disclosure* I’m not a scientist)
- Focusbar- The annoying voice of your mother nagging you to finish your homework…in app form. You can set the annoying level (I have it set on “wildly annoying”) and a bar will appear in the corner every few seconds to remind you that you’re supposed to be doing something else besides looking at cat photos.
- Microsoft Office- self explanatory, so I’ve linked to an article about life hacks for Microsoft Office instead. Because I’m just that awesome.
- Nag- Does your 5 minute study break keep turning into an hour on Youtube? Then you need Nag in your life. It’s basically an alarm/timer. But an extremely loud and annoying alarm/timer that’s very difficult to ignore. The bells genuinely sound more judgemental the longer you ignore it.
- Self Control- Also known as Cold Turkey for Microsoft users. If you absolutely cannot be trusted with an internet connection, then you need Self Control in your life. You add a list of websites to the “blacklist”and then set how long you want the app to work for, and for that duration of time you wont be able to access those website. Seriously, not even rebooting your computer or uninstalling the app will let you access the blacklist until your time is up. Tough love at its finest.
- Zotero- The new love of my life. Zotero allows you to manage all your citations and sources in one easy place. It’s an absolute life saver- no joke. There’s an in-word add in, so it will write your bibliography and citations for you in any format you want. There’s a chrome/firefox add in and a mobile app, so you don’t even have to type the citation into Zotero. Just press the button it does all the hard work for you. It even updates itself online, so you can still access your bibliography if your computer crashes. I <3 Zotero 5eva.