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:
- Are written by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer authors,
- Explore LGBTQ themes, or
- 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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Star Songs of An Old Primate by James Tiptree Jr. My rating: 5 of 5 stars Read for the LGBTQ Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge, the Women of Genre Fiction Reading Challenge, and the Collections! Reading Challenge at Worlds Without End. Two of the novellas in this collection were also counted towards similar, but not the […]
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Bloody Sunday by William W. Johnstone My rating: 4 of 5 stars So if you’ve been keeping track of my reviews, you’re probably thinking to yourself right now: “What, a Western? Doesn’t that break the pattern a little bit?” Okay, so it goes like this: I’m part of a writer’s group that meets at the […]
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Did you know that many of your favourite Pagan authors write fiction too? And did you know that there’s a lot of great fiction out there written by Pagan authors? Pagans have unique perspectives to offer to the world of fiction, from a deep understanding of ancient mythologies to unique character relationships that break the standard mould.
I’m pleased to announce that on Sunday, March 12, I’m hosting a Facebook event to bring Pagan fiction writers and readers together.
Source: Pagan Fiction Authors Coming Together!
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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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Just a reminder that this great community indie author event is happening RIGHT NOW! Come join a plethora of awesome authors for fun, sneak peaks, contests and giveaways! (I’ll be on tonight at 11:30 pm to 12:3o am). 🙂
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The Shadow of Saganami by David Weber My rating: 3 of 5 stars Read for the I Just Have to Read More of That Author Reading Challenge, the Military Spec-Fic Reading Challenge, the Giants of Genre: A Long Book Challenge, the Read the Sequel Reading Challenge, and the Space Opera Reading Challenge at Worlds Without […]
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