THE SEA IS OURS is an anthology of Southeast Asian steampunk. We are looking for steampunk stories that are set in Southeast Asia (SEA), or secondary worlds that evoke Southeast Asia, with Southeast Asian protagonists, in any of the countries that make up the region: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. We are seeking historically and technologically-innovative stories.

Steampunk, for the purposes of this anthology, is defined as an aesthetic that combines technofantasy, anachronism, retro-futurism, an alternate history/world, and the evocation of an incipient industrial revolution. How does the steampunk aesthetic look, feel, sound, smell, or taste like in these regions? What kind of technologies would grow in resource-rich SEAsia? What do our historical figures, our Parameswaras, Trung sisters, Lapu-Lapus, do in such a world?

Submissions are encouraged to explore various levels and kinds of technologies, not just steam technology. Locals myths can also find their way into these stories; what does the mix of technology and fantasy look like in such worlds? We welcome exploration of all kinds of stories: from the extraordinary to the everyday. What changes does accelerated technology create for the local landscape and societies? If historical events are given a steampunk twist, how do their outcomes change, or stay the same? 

We will contact all submitters within four weeks of submissions closing.

  • •Stories should have a visible development arc, even if they are somewhat experimental.
  • •Stories should be in English, but we take a broad view of English, which includes dialect, accents, local slang, and non-English words that express nuances that standard English can’t.
  • •Characters should be embedded in their settings. We should not be able to transplant the specifics of their story easily, even if they are based on common science fiction/fantasy archetypes.
  • •Local takes on actual historical events are highly encouraged, although not necessary in alternate world settings. Mention in your submission email the specific event you are referencing.
  • •Stories featuring queer characters, characters with disabilities, non-normative relationships, and other such non-mainstream narratives are welcome.

Click through for full submission guidelines!!!

ETA: So apparently no one saw fit to mention to me that Indonesia was missing from the list and I had to find out through some wayward middleman tweeting that folks were feeling left out

So I’m editing and re-bageling for ALL THE INDONESIANS! 

And if folks could keep reblogging this as a LINK and not convert it to text because it makes following reblogging kind of wonky, that’d be much appreciated

Y’all, blackwolfchng and I really want to see a lot of SEAsian contributors!! We have contacts from the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, a couple in Thailand, and SEAsian-American folx… if you have people in Cambodia, Burma, Timor, Brunei, and Laos that you think we should contact, let us know!!

I also want to specify that non-SEAsians with connections to SEA are also welcome.

I also want to specify that SEAsian ethnic groups who don’t exactly belong to any specific nation-state are also welcome.

I also want to specify that diaspora SEAsians are also welcome.

I also want to specify that SEAsia has a long history of trade with South Asia, Africa, Arabia and East Asian countries and we welcome stories about those histories as well. 


Southeast Asia



Inside Wat Phnom in Phnom Penh, Cambodia


Why Does This Indonesian Volcano Burn Bright Blue?

by Joseph Stromberg

images by Olivier Grunewald

Over the past month, the web has come alive with French photographer Olivier Grunewald's spectacular photos of Indonesia's Kawah Ijen volcano. Snapped during shooting of a new documentary he’s releasing with the president of Geneva’s Society for Volcanology, Régis Etienne, the photos—taken without the aid of any filter or digital enhancement—showcase the volcano’s amazing electric blue glow.

See more of Grunewald’s images and read more about the volcano at Smithsonian.com.

via: smithsonianmag


Two days, infinite food adventures - a FULLfilled weekend in Bandung, Indonesia. 

Top row (left to right): Es Kelapa Muda, Batagor goreng, Mie Kocok

Middle row: Nasi Ketan, Bakmi Yamin Naripan, Otak-otak

Bottom row: Pempek telor, Batagor kukus, Grilled Salmon with lemon dressing

Be sure to explore Indonesian local cuisine, with 17,508 islands, this island nation has endless exciting flavors to offer!


Proud Indonesian


Purity Charming

Hoi An - Vietnam


By Marco Estrella


what to wear when…in a malaysian fairy tale (requested by notyourexrotic).

examples: puteri gunung ledang (the fairy princess of mount ophir), cincin ajaib (the magic ring), sang kancil yang diambil kira buaya (sang kancil counts the crocodiles)

unbeknownst to most of the western world, the malay archipelago had more than one woman warrior or queen in its arsenal of tales. hikayat panji semarang, the heroic romance in old indonesian malay, features a female princess who cross-dresses as a man so she can be a warrior…[in] many of these tales, mysticism is tied with a message about the abuse of power. another example of this may be found in the mahsuri stories. mahsuri is the prototype tale of the virtuous wife who has been wronged by nobility due to gossip, ill-will, and the abuse of power…[malaysian fairy tales are steeped in] deep romanticism mixed with pragmatism. there are elements within these tales [of] therapy or catharsis. happy endings are not typical or required; some tales may be moralistic, while others are peculiarly enigmatic…malaysia has its own, witty little mammal, sang kancil. the fragile mouse-deer is an iconic figure within malaysian tales.

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