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Bending the Landscape: Original Gay and Lesbian Science Fiction Writing Terrifyingly Possible Gay And Lesbian Sci Fi Stories From The Best New And Established Writers In The FieldEdited By World Renowned Lesbian Fantasy Author Nicola Griffith And Fantasy Publisher Stephen Pagel, This Groundbreaking Anthology Of All Original Science Fiction Stories Brings Together Some Of Mainstream S And Sci Fi S Most Notable Writers Gay And Straight Creating Worlds Where Time And Place And Sexuality Are Alternative To The Empirical Environment Keith Hartman S Sex, Guns And Baptists Gives A Disturbing View Of The World If Christian Fundamentalists Continue To Gain Political Ground Ralph Sperry S Delightful Aliens In On Vacation Are Refreshingly Similar To Us Shy Workaholics, Exasperated Lovers, Good With Machines Ellen Klages Takes A S Dyke Back Forty Years To S San Francisco, Discovering She Is Alien To The Lesbians Of The TimeThis Group Of Talented Newcomers And Award Winning Genre Veterans Include Mark W Tiedemann, Charles Sheffield, Carrie Richerson, Keith Hartman, Nancy Kress, L Timmel Duchamp, And Many Others

10 thoughts on “Bending the Landscape: Original Gay and Lesbian Science Fiction Writing

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    I read this in my usual way of reading anthologies all the way through, without skipping This method has benefits and drawbacks, and it ended here with a read I really liked overall I wouldn t say any of these stories were badly written I wouldn t say that I enjoyed them all to the same degree Below are my impressions in order of appearance ratings are numbers of stars out of 5.Sex, Guns, Baptists 2 stars I felt the characters to be clearly developed through behaviors word choices, I read this in my usual way of reading anthologies all the way through, without skipping This method has benefits and drawbacks, and it ended here with a read I really liked overall I wouldn t say any of these stories were badly written I wouldn t say that I enjoyed them all to the same degree Below are my impressions in order of appearance ratings are numbers of stars out of 5.Sex, Guns, Baptists 2 stars I felt the characters to be clearly developed through behaviors word choices, which was good I didn t see the world building handled as well, though it started strong with the subbing in of Catholicism for a pink triangle If you like private investigator Half in Love With Easeful Rock and Roll 4 stars I started out disliking it on the introduction, but changed my mind with the first paragraph Solid and evocative language, characters, and setting made this one a keeper The poem fragments threw me off my rhythm a little, but I still enjoyed myself.Powertool 1 star This felt to me like a story one either gets or doesn t, and I m in that latter group I suggest those who like nontraditional form give it a look.Time Gypsy 5 stars Consistent characters and time travel ensured I had a great time It managed the temporally displaced fish excellently, and in a way that highlighted the times and how they change.Lonely Land 3 stars I loved the ending, which I won t spoil here No such feelings for the protagonist he skeezed me into nausea Bile fascination was certainly at play for me here The Rendez Vous 3 stars Weird, but in a good way Describing it further might spoil, so I won t.Silent Passion 4 stars From title to ending, it evokes a sense of beauty I usually associate with thunderstorms I felt it bittersweet, so watch for that.Sun Drenched 2 stars It was okay, but I wasn t really feeling it.The Flying Triangle 1 star Full disclosure I m not generally a fan of westerns This felt like one, which is the first and last reason I didn t like it Check it out if westerns don t out you out.Brooks Too Broad For Leaping 4 stars Pitch dark and savory, an excellent story of being on the outside There s also a lot of walking.Dance At The Edge 4 stars The premise was strong enough to get me through the opening explanation, which is always good I also liked seeing the protagonist grow, even if it felt abrupt a times.Love s Last Farewell 5 stars I gave this 5 stars because that s as high as the scale goes It s about loneliness and what happens when tolerance is no longer required Reading it was listening to someone sing a coffin into the ground.On Vacation 4 stars The mood whiplash this story provided woke me right up I liked that it was so cheerful, while still providing an interesting story.The City in Morning 3 stars I liked it even though I m not sure I understood it It s very philosophical.The State of Nature 5 stars It uses a few words and one discussion to weave a world and its inhabitants It doesn t declare a specific moral stance, which was good here given the actual complexity of the issues it handles.The Beautiful People 3 stars I found the world disturbing but clearly envisioned I didn t really like the people in that world, though, which contributed to my impressions on it.A Real Girl 5 stars Poignant story of an organic A.I that wants to be human I think this story illustrated that she already is.Who Plays With Sin 5 stars Corporate espionage, lawless regions in place of jail, hackers in high rises this story had a veritable mix topia of things I like to read about Thunder, the POV character was definitely rounded enough to carry this story.Surfaces 3 stars I m fond of this story speaking as it does of human complexity and expectations It deals with families, and loyalty.Stay They Flight 4 stars I hated the go slow go cadence of the story at first, but as I understoodI tolerated it and the changing pace It certainly provided some empathy, at least, and the changes are gradual enough to not be jarring It has a nontraditional form that is fairly obvious.Free in Asveroth 3 stars I read it and found it haunting, but theI thought about it the less I liked it Explaining why would spoil it Give it a look if you like journeys that illuminate

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    I can t possibly say something about every tale in this collection, but I will say it was phenomenal in general A few really blew me away, however, like Klage s Time Gypsy was one of the best of the lot a time displaced physicist sent back in time to the very oppressive 50 s on a very specific mission, but finds love might mess up the plans not to mention her only ticket back home to aaccepting time Wonderfully written this one really kept my interest and made me sad to see it en I can t possibly say something about every tale in this collection, but I will say it was phenomenal in general A few really blew me away, however, like Klage s Time Gypsy was one of the best of the lot a time displaced physicist sent back in time to the very oppressive 50 s on a very specific mission, but finds love might mess up the plans not to mention her only ticket back home to aaccepting time Wonderfully written this one really kept my interest and made me sad to see it endO Malley s Silent Passion was heartbreaking, wonderful, and very very touching about a man and his deaf lover, who live on a world where the aliens present make such noise as would destroy the sense of hearing of anyone actually listening to it Being torn between family, love, truth and lies of omission is just the start of this fabulous tale, and the alien extrapolation and metaphors are just astounding The gentleness of the love in this story made me all teary eyed I believe this was my favourite of the bunch.Bamberg s Love s Last Farewell, was dystopia at its finest a scene from a world where genengineering makes Gay illegal, and repairable, and told from the voice of the last gay man still alive Really touching.But seriously all are fantastic

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    When this collection of 21 science fiction stories was published in 1998, it would not have surprised anyone reading it that most of the visions of non heterosexuality in the future or on other worlds would be primarily dark The world wasn t a friendly place if you identified as gay or lesbian, and things did not seem to be changing any time soon so of course the vision of the future might beextremes of your life currently or a look back at history for a model of what the next century or When this collection of 21 science fiction stories was published in 1998, it would not have surprised anyone reading it that most of the visions of non heterosexuality in the future or on other worlds would be primarily dark The world wasn t a friendly place if you identified as gay or lesbian, and things did not seem to be changing any time soon so of course the vision of the future might beextremes of your life currently or a look back at history for a model of what the next century ormight become In 2017 18 when I read this anthology it felt sad because regardless of the most current attempts to set back progress, there has been some in certain parts of the world.Most of the stories focus on human interactions just in different futures or pasts and on different worlds Sexuality is there in the story but it is never explicit nor usually erotic Being gay or lesbians is part of a character s identity, often a very important part but how much the stories dealt directly with that varied farthan I was expecting I noticed that when sexual orientation was the focus of the plot, the stories tended to be depressing, downers by and large.I didn t hate any of the stories in the collection but some really stood out to me such as Time Gypsy by Ellen Klages and Free in Asveroth by Jim Grimsley, two stories quite different from each other yet full of powerful emotions and believable characters in honest relationships Other stories that stood out felt alien not just because they had aliens but for the format of the stories yet I was able to connect to the characters Among that group of stories that I found myself thinking about well after I finished it were Kathleen O Malley s Silent Passion and Mark W Tiedemann s Surfaces.Over all a very good collection that makes me hope the editors continued to put out similar themed anthologies of different genres

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    Reread A Real Girl by Shariann Lewitt for a Challenge featuring a robot What a delightAlso reread the story Sex, Guns and Baptists by Keith Hartman, which is fun 9 29 14 I was thrilled by this anthology On Vacation by Ralph A Sperry is about a couple who ve been together for hundreds of years going on vacation in Nantucket They share a house with a Dad and his young son, all are delighted with the arrangement A Real Girl by Shariann Lewitt is about a robot who trades in her immor Reread A Real Girl by Shariann Lewitt for a Challenge featuring a robot What a delightAlso reread the story Sex, Guns and Baptists by Keith Hartman, which is fun 9 29 14 I was thrilled by this anthology On Vacation by Ralph A Sperry is about a couple who ve been together for hundreds of years going on vacation in Nantucket They share a house with a Dad and his young son, all are delighted with the arrangement A Real Girl by Shariann Lewitt is about a robot who trades in her immortality to become human State of Nature, by Nancy Kress is about an enclave where rich people live to be safe while the rest of the country has descended into lawlessness The Flying Triangle is about three gay spacers who band together to start a company salvaging space junk, only to come across what they think is a dead weather satellite, but is actually an illegal thermonuclear device operated by the US Silent Passion by Kathleen O Malley is about two human lovers, one deaf, one hearing who are studying angelic bird like aliens and come to admire their social structure

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    I loved this trilogy of anthologies, the other two being BTL Fantasy and BTL Horror This one was twenty one short stories which create worlds where time and place and sexuality are alternative to the empirical environment Most are pretty straight forward science fiction while a few aregenerally speculative fiction Almost all the stories have terrific prose and of course all feature gay or lesbian characters This book was nominated for several awards, winning the Gaylactic Spectrum I loved this trilogy of anthologies, the other two being BTL Fantasy and BTL Horror This one was twenty one short stories which create worlds where time and place and sexuality are alternative to the empirical environment Most are pretty straight forward science fiction while a few aregenerally speculative fiction Almost all the stories have terrific prose and of course all feature gay or lesbian characters This book was nominated for several awards, winning the Gaylactic Spectrum Award for Best Other Work and the 1999 Lambda Literary Award for SciFi Fantasy Horror Come visit my blog for the full review

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    Where WAS I when this was published Where has it BEEN my whole life So what if I was ten and deeply ensconced in a conservative Evangelical Christian bubble when it was sent forth into the universe I SHOULD HAVE NOTICED And my life would have been much, much better Immediately Three cheers for queer anthologies which I never knew existed, and which should have become a yearly or a monthly thing.

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    Tiptree longlist 1998A few good stories among the mass of mediocre disappointing.3 of the better ones Time Gypsy by Ellen Klages good Tiptree longlist 1998Silent Passion by Kathleen O Malley goodSun Drenched by Stephen Baxter very good Tiptree longlist 1998A few good stories among the mass of mediocre disappointing.3 of the better ones Time Gypsy by Ellen Klages good Tiptree longlist 1998Silent Passion by Kathleen O Malley goodSun Drenched by Stephen Baxter very good

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    This was one of the first lgbt books I ever read it was a revelation Great introduction to some very good authors.

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    A good anthology An interesting mix of stories about gay and lesbian people in the future, with some really awesome ones I loved Ellen Klages Time Gypsy time travel lesbian scientists addressing the suppression of women s science except for its terrible title, and Elisabeth Vonarburg s Stay Thy Filght is really cool, andThe anthology does show its age, not just in the ideas of future tech space habitation and fax machines but in the number of futures where homosexuality A good anthology An interesting mix of stories about gay and lesbian people in the future, with some really awesome ones I loved Ellen Klages Time Gypsy time travel lesbian scientists addressing the suppression of women s science except for its terrible title, and Elisabeth Vonarburg s Stay Thy Filght is really cool, andThe anthology does show its age, not just in the ideas of future tech space habitation and fax machines but in the number of futures where homosexuality is illegal or disapproved of I suspect I hope that such an anthology compiled today would beoptimistic Nonetheless, I d definitely recommend this one

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    Short story anthologies are always a bit uneven, but this hadthan the typical number of excellent pieces The stories were from a wide variety of authors and were written particularly for this collection As the editors describe it, they wanted each writer to imagine a different landscape different in place, time, or attitude , including an Other And the Other had to be a lesbian or a gay man These guidelines resulted in a wide variety of settings and of characters There were m Short story anthologies are always a bit uneven, but this hadthan the typical number of excellent pieces The stories were from a wide variety of authors and were written particularly for this collection As the editors describe it, they wanted each writer to imagine a different landscape different in place, time, or attitude , including an Other And the Other had to be a lesbian or a gay man These guidelines resulted in a wide variety of settings and of characters There were many good stories, a few I consider truly great, and only a tiny number I really didn t enjoy

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