While I think that’s wonderful and an amazing thing, I also find very little that’s straight (pardon the pun) sci fi that includes LGBT characters, but is not centered around an MM (or FF) romance.
Don’t get me wrong – there’s a lot of great sci fi out there (Angel Martinez, Amy Lane, I’m looking at you) that gets the sci fi right and includes the romance too.
But I come at this from a “pure” (oh, I’m gonna get comments about that) sci fi angle, where the sexuality of the characters is usually secondary or tertiary to the plot and the science and/or culture of what’s going on.
I’d love to see us break into the mainstream market as well, writing stories with vivid LGBT characters that didn’t need the romance element to succeed as a story.
What do you think?