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Announcement: Awakening, by Baltimore Russell & Jennifer Pallanich

Awakening

QSFer Baltimore Russell and Jennifer Pallanich have a new queer superhero book out: Disasters ring the planet as the earth cries out for heroes to save it. At the same time, an ancient order conspires to fulfill a centuries-old prophecy. Their plan: unleash a deadly tsunami that would destroy North American and European coastlines. Then, at the height of summer, a blinding white light races across the globe, granting a select few incredible gifts. An enigmatic ex-Green Beret trains these powerful misfits in a desperate bid to stop the man-made and natural catastrophes. But can these Children of the Solstice … Read more

Gay Characters Taking Over YA Fiction

Drag Teen author Jeffrey Self

Gay characters remain a minority in television and film, but they have become a sensation in young adult fiction over the past seven years. Teenage readers have gobbled up books with titles like One Man Guy and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Queerness has always existed between the lines in novels about teenagers. Authors like Nancy Garden, Jacqueline Woodson, and Francesca Lia Block all highlighted gay undertones in their young heroes and heroines. In 2003, David Levithan—the author of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and now the publisher and editorial director of Scholastic—ushered in a golden age of gay … Read more

Tilda Swinton Up for Queer Superhero Film

Tilda Swinton

Doctor Strange star Tilda Swinton is holding out for a gay superhero film. The legendary artist and actress, best known for her roles in Michael Clayton and We Need To Talk About Kevin, is set to appear as The Eternal in upcoming Marvel film Doctor Strange. In an interview with Out Magazine, Swinton addressed some of the criticism about the film’s race-flipping – with her taking on the revamped role of an Asian comic book character. Responding to critics, she said: “Anyone speaking up for a greater accuracy in the representation of the diversity of the world we live in … Read more

LGBT Superheroes We Want to Save the World in Film

Wonder Woman Supergirl

As Wonder Woman’s writers finally confirm the Warrior Princess is bisexaul, we take a look at the queer superheroes we’d most like to see kick ass onscreen… Wonder Woman Although the Amazon princes is already headed to the big screen, it’s yet to be confirmed whether or not Gal Gadot’s version of Diana will be playing it straight or as queer as her comic book incarnation – although we won’t hold our breaths. By Joe Williams – Full Story at Pink News

When We Knew Wonder Woman Was Queer

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman might be now officially queer, but fans have known this for a very long time. DC Comics writer Greg Rucka confirmed Diana Prince has had relationships with men and women. He also revealed how her homeland, an island of only Amazon woman, is a ‘queer culture’. But if you look back from the decades, even in 1941, Diana was very clearly intended to be an LGBTI icon (and is arguably pretty kinky). By Joe Morgan – Full Story at Gay Star News

Announcement: Circuits & Slippers Anthology

Circuits & Slippers

QSFer Jaylee James edited a new sci fi fairy tale anthology: A collection of retold fairy tales with a science fiction twist. Rapunzel is a soldier, the last remaining member of the human race, locked in a zoological tower on an alien planet. Doctor Belle must remain in quarantine with a powerful politician who has contracted a beastly disease. Jack sells his arm for a chance up the Stalk, the space elevator he hopes will take him to his fortune. These twenty stories will take you across the galaxy, exploring new technology alongside aliens and cyborgs, princes and evil stepmothers, … Read more

What I Read When I Was Young

Dancers of Arun

FOR READERS Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer John Allenson: “Reading queerfic you read when you were young. Does it still hold up?” Hmmm… for me, there was so little out there at the time, at least that I was aware of or could find. I read “The Dancers of Arun” by Elizabeth A. Lynn, which was the first thing I ever read that contained a (in retrospect) tame sex scene, but geez… And then there was Larque on the Wing, which helped spark my interest in magical realism. But I haven’t read them since – I probably should! So … Read more

For Readers: Queering Iconic Sci Fi

Kirk Spock Gay

FOR READERS Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Justine Bonczek: Queering iconic sci fi – a fun literary exercise? A political message? Simple fanfiction or something more? 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

For Readers: Metaphorically Queer

X-Men

For Readers: Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Andrew Kelley: I know that there are several Sci-fi movies and books that weren’t specifically LGBT themes and didn’t even make mention of any LGBT issues that I strongly identified with and really moved me. Even though I don’t think the author/director/screenwriter meant it to be an analogy it still could have been. Are there movies/ books that others felt this way about as well? 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