Disability History Month: Books Featuring Autistic Leads

I’ve spent the last few weeks co-ordinating a whole bunch of lovely posts for Disability History Month, which takes place in the UK from the 18th of November to the 20th of December, which you’ll get to read over the course of the month. To kick things off, I wanted to share an aspect of …

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Theology, with Drag(ons): How Fantasy Queers Religion

In Ursula K. Le Guin’s short story ‘Dragonfly’ (2001), something very queer happens when the titular character receives her true name. This rite of passage, which in many ways is the cornerstone of Le Guin’s wider Earthsea mythos, rests on the notion that people and things are fundamentally knowable; the name, in a sense, is …

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Recommended Reading: Bisexual/Pansexual Characters in SFF

Fantasy and science fiction offers a space to imagine new worlds and new possibilities, and to challenge established or assumed norms. And yet it is still relatively uncommon – although not as rare as it used to be – to find explicit bisexual and/or pansexual representation in SFF. In media and literature, bi/pan erasure still …

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Recommended Reading: Queer SFF Romance

For our first Glasgow in 2024 book club meeting, the book we read was Silk and Steel, a collection of SFF short stories each of which was structured around an F/F romance.  Some of the attendees mentioned not having read much or any romance before, so I volunteered to write a list of recommendations.   In …

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Recommended Reading: Non-Binary SFF Short Stories

As a non-binary person, I love it every time I read a story that includes non-binary characters (and especially non-binary main characters). There’s more of those stories than there used to be, but it can still be hard to find them, especially given the huge field of SFF short stories coming out every month — …

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We’re Queer, We’ve Always Been Here (In Your F&SF)

It’s 2021. It’s been over half a century since the year we landed on the moon and threw the first brick at Stonewall and we still haven’t seen an openly queer superhero on the big screen. We have only recently seen science fiction and fantasy novels and stories begin to reflect the diversity of their …

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