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For Readers: Are You Inspired?


Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Ryane Chatman:

Are you inspired by what you read? Beyond the entertainment factor.

It’s a good question. I do enjoy reading most speculative books, but every now and then one comes along that moves me, that makes me think for a long time after I finish it.

What are some of those books in queer spec fic for you, and why? And did any inspire you to some kind of action or change?

Writers: This is a reader chat – you are welcome to join it, but please do not reference your own works directly. Thanks!

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  1. ‘Calenture’ by Storm Constantine remains memorable for me, the tale of a lonely survivor in an extinct society, who creates characters within their own worlds to keep him company. He even falls in love with one of his heroes, inserting himself in the story, so he can seduce his own character. :) Sarah Monette has an anthology called ‘Somewhere Beneath the Waves’. Many of the stories were speculative; ‘Katabrasis: Seraphic Trains’ involved a railway which would take you to the Court of Clockwork Kings, although few dared to meet them. ‘The World Without Sleep’ involved a world ruled by vampires and their enslaved shadows, who all adored the domines (a beautiful race which resembled angelic statues), who hid out in churches. One of the things I love about these stories is they inspire me to think creatively, to come up with my own frameworks, no matter how strange they might be, for my own characters.


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