Diversity in SF/F: A New Resource

I’ve been participating in the LGBTQ Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge for a couple of years now, and I’ve found it a rewarding and worthwhile experience.  The challenge is described thus:

The 2017 LGBTQ Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge seeks to promote diversity and expand horizons amongst readers and writers of speculative fiction.

Read and review books that either:

  1. Are written by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer authors,
  2. Explore LGBTQ themes, or
  3. Feature LGBTQ characters.

Author repeats are admissable.

Remember that we have the LGBTQ Speculative Fiction Resource List here on WWEnd. It is our own resource for finding great LGBTQ books. The books on the list primarily feature Lambda Literary and Gaylactic Spectrum Award winners and nominees.

I have found it particularly challenging to meet the first requirement, however.  While SF/F has traditionally been a refuge of outsiders and non-conformists, authors (understandably, considering the tone of the market) have not always been “out”.  I am looking to compile a list of speculative fiction authors who are.  I’ve started a page, which you can find in my blog’s sidebar or at this link, and I’m asking people to contribute to it.  Please do a little research before offering up a name; the authors who are listed so far are officially out, legally married to someone of the same gender, or specifically have been gender non-conforming in their personal and professional lives.  And thanks in advance for your help!

Link: Diversity in SF/F.

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Winner of My Contest Giveaway!

This weekend at the By Any Means Necessary Author Takeover I offered up a contest giveaway: And the winner is: Jeff Russell! Winning Quote: “You should learn to live as if you didn’t exist.” ~ from Once Upon a Time in the West. Other Entries: “Well, you’re a romantic bastard, I’ll give you that.” ~ […]

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A Weird West Playlist

Do you ever wonder what writers listen to when they write?  For me it depends on the nature of the story I’m telling, and its setting.  For the Wyrd West Chronicles I like to listen to spaghetti western theme music, epic fantasy and game music written in a similar style, a handful of steampunk music that isn’t too electronic sounding, and dark country.  You’ll find that a lot of this list comes from other Weird West settings or Space Westerns.

You’ll notice that a lot of the songs on the list were composed by Derek & Brandon Flechter, who write epic music for use in different genres and who post their work on YouTube.  They have granted me permission to use their Western music in the audiobook versions of the Wyrd West Chronicles!  I’ll be working on the audiobooks as soon as each novelette comes out, and I’ll be making them available on DriveThruFiction and my Bandcamp site.

In the meantime, enjoy the playlist!

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The Weird West

I didn’t realize when I started writing my Wyrd West Chronicles that there was actually a genre for this!  No new ideas under the sun, I guess; but then again, it seems that my take is just a little bit unique.  Less dark overall than the usual depiction; more high fantasy.

Speaking of which, I’ll be releasing the first story, “Showdown,” on the Spring Equinox!  That’s March 20 this year.  It’s in the final editing stages and I’m just waiting for the cover image.  When I have all that, you’ll be able to get it by pre-order.

There’s Space Western for The West In Space!, and there’s Cattle Punk for The West meets Steam Punk. The Weird West is for when The West meets the supernatural.

Read full article at TVTropes.

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A Weird West Primer

Here’s a good article from Tor.com about the Weird West.  Except that I disagree with their opening.  The Wild West is Canadian too.  It’s unfortunate that we seem to be letting the Americans get away with claiming that myth as their own.  It is American, but everything West of Winnipeg has this as part of our past also.  The Okanagan Valley (my home) was founded first by the Okanagan First Nation of the Interior Salish, and then by missionaries, miners, and cattle ranchers, and the CP Rail (a heroic feat of Western determination if there ever was one) was part of the condition that British Columbia laid down for joining Confederation.  (Scroll down to the section in my link about the Canadian Pacific Railway; the “Last Spike” was driven a little more than an hour’s drive from where I live.)  I will write a more detailed article about the Canadian West sometime soon.

Read the full article at Tor.com.

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