Daily Archives: September 1, 2009

Outer Alliance Pride Day

I don’t believe I’m a member of the Outer Alliance, as I didn’t even know until I checked Hal Duncan’s blog about this particular day. I do think there is a severe shortage of gayness in popular culture, including speculative fiction*.

I’ve noticed it’s harder to sell short stories with gay leads than with straight leads, and though I don’t know specifically why, I can’t help but suspect the reason some stories get rejected is the gayness of the lead character in an otherwise excellent story. It’s only actually explicitly been explained to me that way a couple times by the editors (I’ll never name names, so don’t ask!**).

Anyway, it’s Outer Alliance Pride Day, and it’s certainly where I’ll be travelling amongst the blog-o-sphere stars today:

Here’s their masthead:

[quote] As a member of the Outer Alliance, I advocate for queer speculative fiction and those who create, publish and support it, whatever their sexual orientation and gender identity. I make sure this is reflected in my actions and my work. [/quote]

(*Gay guys and gals deserve a decent action hero. Seriously. Do you have any idea how many real life action heroes – cops, fireman, paramedics, etc – are gay and lesbian? Some of these folks could kick Rambo’s ass, then take him to a hospital to save his kicked ass.)

(*Just to be certain there’s no misunderstanding, the two wouldn’t surprise you if you heard, and neither one is a SFWA Qualifying Market)

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I’m thinking of converting a couple of the little papers I had to write for school into actual “book reviews”. From my school reading list.

Bottom line:
“Generation Loss” by Elizabeth Hand: highly recommended. You will “see” things in this novel that you will not soon forget.
“Cyberabad Days” by Ian MacDonald: like any short story collection, some are stronger than others, but the strong ones really make this collection worthwhile, and I recommend it.
“Hyperion” by Dan Simmons: highly recommended. This is a classic. It really, really is.
“This Is Not a Game” by Walter Jon Williams: Readable, and enjoyable, but disjointed. It’s like reading a short story followed by a novella with only the tenuous threads of the ARG’ing to connect them, with some other structural oddities. Still, a fun book, a fast read, and suitable for airplanes and beaches.

I might convert these essays to actual reviews. Maybe. But, not right now. I’ve got to finish some other assignment stuff, and finish a story about a tiger that lives on the head of Samarkand, the lizard of the waste…

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