In my search for sci-fi and fantasy resources, I stumbled upon some great Tumblrs for (mostly) sci-fi and fantasy fans. What’s great about Tumblr is the ability for these fans, even those who may have at one time felt marginalized by the larger fandoms, to be able to reach out to each other and find ways to connect. Even the act of reblogging gif sets is a celebration of a beloved character, and knowing that someone else sees a character or a story element that you’ve found important or intriguing is just as valuable.
Here are five Tumblrs that I love. Feel free to add more in the comments and share others you enjoy!
This Tumblr is fun for those Whovians who also love black feminism/womanism and other science fiction. Small confession: I didn’t have any feelings on Doctor Who (I know, blasphemy) mostly based on a questionable first viewing experience with the show, but from what the Internet tells me, my initial impulse was right and I should at least be a huge fan of one Martha Jones.
Technically this a traditional blog, but it is also a great Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, and social media haven for all sci-fi fans curated by the awesome Jamila. She also wrote this great thought piece last year, titled, “Where are all the women of color in science fiction?”
This is a Tumblr you need to follow for every time you need gif evidence of the Misfits‘ Alisha snark, or are looking for gifs of the ladies from Attack the Block, which no one else on Tumblr seems to have. They were also super helpful in creating my last list post, so check them out and send them lots of love.
This is a great Tumblr for all sorts of sci-fi resources and history. Here is their mission statement:
The AfroFuturist Affair Tumblr provides friends, supporters, historians, and aliens with archives on the first event, updates on Afro-future events, present goings-ons, and to exchange language, images, memories, notes, and energies with other Futurists across cyberspace/time. We practice and revere Ancient Wisdom, Mythology, Liberation, History, Future, Metaphysics, Sacred Math, Prophecy, Science, Trippy, Music, Gods, Art. Anything that one could use as a tool to survive yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
While not explicitly a fantasy Tumblr, I really wanted to include this blog for its great work in highlighting history that has not often included people of color. They occasionally feature fantasy books with protagonists of color, but mostly work to deconstruct the conflation of whiteness, medieval art, and history. Since a lot of high fantasy is influenced by this medieval history (I’m looking at you, HBO’s version of Game of Thrones), many fantasy worlds tend to be really white. A similar Tumblr with a broader look at history would be the Collective History Tumblr.
Here is an excerpt from their mission statement to seal your interest in Medieval POC:
My purpose in creating this blog is to address common misconceptions that People of Color did not exist in Europe before the Enlightenment, and to emphasize the cognitive dissonance in the way this is reflected in media produced today.
The ubiquity in modern media to display a fictitiously all-white Europe is often thoughtlessly and inaccurately justified by claims of “historical accuracy”; this blog is here to emphasize the modern racism that retroactively erases gigantic swaths of truth and beauty.
It should be noted that after finding these on my own, I found this Huffington Post article, “5 Tumblrs Every Black Sci-Fi and Comic Lover Should Know About” through the AfroFuturist Affair. So here were some more Tumblrs for those interested in overfilling their Tumblr dashboard the way I have. For further reading, you can check out this old article from Colorlines, “The Ultimate 21st Century People of Color Sci-Fi List,” and hopefully dance to Janelle’s Monae’s sci-fi inspired “Queen” while doing so.