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For Readers: Your First Time

Dancers of Arun

There’s so much LGBTIQ fiction in the world now, but I remember a time when such books, especially in speculative fiction, were few and far between.

One of my first such reads was The Dancers of Arun, by Elizabeth K. Lynn. At 15 or 16, it contained a sex scene that made me cream my pants. It was amazing to see a gay character portrayed in a fantasy novel at the time.

So my questions today: How did you first find LGBTIQ speculative fiction? And what was the first book you read in one of those genres?

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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2 thoughts on “For Readers: Your First Time”

  1. My first M/M was My Fair Captain by J.L. Langley. It was the first time I read a book that made me feel that my being gay was completely accepted. The series is still one of my go-to books when I want a good, action, feel-good read.
    Since that first book, I have discovered such a diverse selection of reads that have kept me extremely happy.
    Thank you to all you Wonderful Authors. Your books re-affirm that it’s ok to be who you are and to love whomever you want.

  2. The Last Herald-Mage, Mercedes Lackey’s trilogy from 1989 – 1990 may not have been the first time I encountered LGBTIQ characters in speculative fiction, but I still hold a warm place in my heart for it for for the main character, Vanyel. Hard to describe the excitement from discovering a lead character was gay and his romances weren’t downplayed. I’m happy to see the trilogy is one of Mercedes’ highest rated series on Goodreads. And yes, I need to re-read it!


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