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FOR BOTH: Evolving Historical Cultures

Black Panther


Today’s writer topic comes from QSFer SA Collins:

Amazons and other similar “historical” cultures – from a writing craft standpoint, why do we freeze these cultures in time, and not let them evolve with their own form of science/magic that would take them out of the stone/bronze age? Would these evolved cultures wouldn’t have created and moved past such historical weapons? What makes us, as an evolved society, think that a culturally rich environment can’t make leaps and epic discoveries if they are equally competent in education and technology?

Black Panther demonstrates this well.

How can we write rich historical cultures, evolved in a contemporary time frame? And what are some books that have done this well? Thoughts?

Editor’s note: We also have to be aware of and careful about cultural appropriation when writing other cultures.

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