I'm editing a fantasy novel that includes slavery -or the relatively new introduction of slavery. I feel the practical complications of slavery, moral and economic, have been overlooked.
Can anyone recommend an essay where this (slavery/sf) is discussed? Link to pass on to the client would be very helpful.
My objections are listed below. What others can you think of?
realistic to world-building
a- Who benefits from the slave trade? What are the costs? How is it enforced?
b- Is it geographically viable? In a land-locked area, what is to stop someone from going home once unshackled?
c- Is there organized resistance? By whom? How?
Conscious of the impact on readers and publishers
d- Is it gratuitous?
e- Is it racially insensitive or relying on biased cliches?
f- How to "flip the script"?
Other points would be helpful and welcome.