Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction

Edited by Brit Mandelo. Lethe (Ingram, dist.), $20 trade paper (276p) ISBN 978-1-59021-005-5
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Mandelo’s introduction explains, “Non-binary identities and expressions are often marginalized; our voices are silenced, our identities are effaced, and our stories go untold.” Defying that trend of oppression, the narrative voices of these 17 stories are loud and strong. “Fisherman” by Nalo Hopkinson, a deeply intimate story about a “mannish woman” visiting a brothel, questions notions of socially acceptable relationships. Sandra McDonald’s poignant “Sea of Cortez” explores covert sexuality on board a navy ship during WWII. “Schrödinger’s Pussy” by Terra LeMay is a love letter of sorts that illuminates what it means to be human, regardless of gender or sexual preference. These and other stellar stories from Catherynne M. Valente, Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, and Tansy Rayner Roberts will inspire writers, delight and satisfy readers who are already familiar with fluid gender identities, and leave newly enlightened readers determined to make the world more welcoming. (May)
Reviewed on: 03/26/2012
Release date: 05/01/2012
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