actually man, thinking about race in the ME world-
my general thoughts are that, before the traction era, most of the populace would be probably be partially mixed race, living so far in the future and all. We don’t know much about society before the sixty minute war, but the world was highly advanced and while obviously countries still existed, there was likely greater cultural mixing.
After the war though, the world was plunged into an era of destruction and essentially sent back to the dark ages for a long time. Older ways of life came back into being, which probably meant a rise in racism and sexism and such. Travel was also highly limited, leading to the predominant races in most regions being… intensified? I guess from interbreeding. So again in this era there probably was a more unified clarity of race.
My timeline is relatively fuzzy regarding ME. But by the time of the traction era, I still think a large amount of the populace would be mixed race, with perhaps exception to the eastern statics, since the lifestyle of constantly being on the move with aviators and traders passing through all the time leads to a greater proportion of diversity, even if the city itself has a more static populace. I don’t know tho. This is all my theory.
In the books I don’t really recall much reference to character’s race- I know we get theo, and it’s been too long for me to recall exactly everyone else. You’d be right to assume, I’d think, that most of the green storm is asian or african, considering their major holdings are in those continents. So a lot of book 3 and 4’s cast can be assumed from there. The others- katherine has a reference about her that seems to define her as at least mixed race, I don’t recall us getting anything for tom, and same with hester? Besides tom’s dark hair and hester’s red hair.
SO. OK. this ended up being long and a bit rambly. I guess the short of it is that I think race in the ME world is probably fairly mixed up and different from what we consider race today. also I haven’t taken much time to think this out I just wrote this on impulse so it might be fairly nonsensical.
agreed with the general ideas here as to say however many millennia in the future it’s quite possible that the things that mark different races could have changed and nearly everyone would be a mix of some form.
But if this post was in any way referencing the last few posts in the tag about the possibilities of movie casting I think we can all agree that the vast majority of characters in the ME world are non-white. I think it is assumed that Tom and Hester are both white but it’s never stated and I’m not against switching them up. When I first read the books I was in middle school and even then I could catch some references(I missed a lot too, like imagining Anna as a white woman) but Sathya was clearly mentioned as having been from the indian subcontinent and of course Theo and the other Zagwans are supposed to be african and the inuit population of anchorage as well. Basically agreeing with what Julia said that we just need to make this shit ourselves because Hollywood would never do it justice.