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FOR WRITERS: Hiding in Plain Site

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Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Justine Bonczek:

I find it interesting when writers create huge hidden worlds that exist within plain site of existing worlds. While Harry Potter is not sci fi, it’s still a great example of a functioning society that invests a huge amount of time, money and effort into staying hidden from the larger world. I find this concept to be fairly prevalent in queer fiction as well, and I’m curious if there are some parallels of being queer and also “hiding in plain site.” I guess my question is, what is the draw to creating worlds that exist alongside but hidden in our world? What sort of challenges do you find when you take this route and what sort of unique ways have you found to overcome your obstacles?

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