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QSFer Shona Husk has a new MMF sci fi wingfic book out: Severed. Halle Ish, one of Velli’s elite police Arrows, is shot down during a Precinct One riot. Wounded and unable to fly, she tries to hide and avoid capture, knowing that if she is found by the razor gangs or Clipper Sect they will sever her wings. She needs to get out of Precinct One. Avin Lent was once a promising medical student, but he started sniffing Mumble to beat the stress and is now the doctor to one of the biggest gangs in Precinct One—while not part … Read more

ANNOUNCEMENT/GIVEAWAY: Legacy Strain, by Taylor Brooke

Legacy Strain - Taylor Brooke

Taylor Brooke has a new mm/FF Sci Fi book out: Legacy Strain. War is on the horizon. After fleeing the white-walled labyrinth where Brooklyn and her friends were caged, trained, tortured, and studied, the group of renegade Omens prepare for the fight of their lives. But an unexpected arrival from Kirin—the dangerous, secret project Juneau has kept locked away in Isolation’s main facility—complicates things. Despite the rumors surrounding Kirin’s loyalties and capabilities, Brooklyn decides to make an alliance. Together they form a plan to rescue their friends and take down Isolation once and for all. Julian Matsumoto is strung between … Read more

ANNOUNCEMENT/GIVEAWAY: grydscaen: dark, by Natsuya Uesugi

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Natsuya Uesugi has a new book out in his dystopian sci fi series grydscaen: A clandestine meet occurs in the Echelons under cover of darkness where Top Secret intel on the stock market changes hands. The insider tip gets the gothic hacker Jester engaged in a high tech game. Parliament votes to lower harsh stock market regulations fueling the Corporation’s bottom line, a payoff from ministers who were propped up by illegal corporate campaign donations. Ordered by Jester, the teenage hacker Rom infiltrates the largest high volume brokerage house causing wild gyrations in trading. When Jester triggers an insidious stock … Read more

Rabid Reader Recommendations — R3 Wednesdays!

WELCOME to Rabid Reader Recommendations, or R3 WEDNESDAYS! We host this discussion the first Wednesday of every month; it’s a great opportunity to recommend and discuss works you have enjoyed in the queer speculative fiction genre. These recommendations may end up on a file you can access on our website–stay tuned for details. For February R3, the theme is: Dystopia! (Dystopian literature features an imagined place or state where everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.) HOW IT WORKS: This is a reader discussion. Don’t recommend your own works–get someone to do it for you! … Read more

For Readers: Why Do We Like Dystopian Fic?

Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Richard Wood: TOPIC Writers: This is a reader chat – you are welcome to join it, but please do not reference your own works directly. Thanks! Join the chat Dystopian fiction has been around forever, but in recent years, it seems to have gained a foothold in the popular culture – witness The Hunger Games and other movies of the same ilk that have spring from YA book series. Some authors seem to have a penchant for destroying planets and cultures. Maybe it’s ISIS, or the Great Recession, or just a sense that things … Read more

Announcement: Red, by Belinda McBride


QSFer Belinda McBride has a new sci fi book out: Once upon a time, a young prince met a handsome stranger, and they fell in love… But that’s another story completely. Once upon a time, the world as we knew it changed. First came the droughts and the climate went insane. Deserts flooded and lush rain forests withered and died. Sickness ravaged the population, followed by war. Men became twisted monsters and women died by the score. Those who survived, fled. And then things got very bad. After a decade, Stephan the Hunter is back in town, his brutal gaze … Read more