Science Fiction Fridays: Queering reality

If it turns out that the mopey weather keep you from going out to the Pride celebrations going on this weekend in Seattle, don’t feel like you still can’t celebrate! You can still have a great time by curling up with one of these superb science fiction and fantasy books that feature some equally ace LGBTQ characters. If you have any more titles to suggest please leave them in the comments!

Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey

An atmospheric and ultimately moving tale of Vanyel, a perpetual outsider, who slowly discovers his immense latent magic power after being struck by tragedy. It’s a deep character novel, so don’t go in expecting lots of sword and sorcery battles, though it does have it’s moments of electrifying action. However, if you’re in the mood for some lyrical and kind of emo, Magic’s Pawn will hold a special place in your heart.

The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan

I’ve written about this book before in this column, but it’s just too darn good to exclude from this list! It’s a relatively simple story that involves just the right amount of backstabbing, bloodshed and a dash of political intrigue. The story unfolds at a leisurely pace, but Morgan is a master of always keeping momentum and interest through characterization and jaw-dropping action scenes. It has a fittingly impertinent gay main character who embraces his sexuality and has choice words for anyone who doesn’t.

Slow River by Nicola Griffith

So how many science fiction novels do you know that focus on the science of waste elimination? In truth, this intricate tale is the story of Lore, a kidnapping victim who is forsaken by her reach family and her search for identity after her escape. The novel is a grim look at future where corruption is everywhere and love is rarely enough to keep the bad out.

Wraeththu by Storm Constantine

The age of man is over and the next evolutionary step has begun: the Wraeththu. An all-male society where gender and sexuality is fluid and psychic abilities are a birthright is the jumping off point of this complex story. It’s an enchanting read positively dripping with carnal pains and pleasures. Fans of Anne Rice and Neil Gaiman will love this series.

Happy Pride to everyone in every universe!

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One Response to Science Fiction Fridays: Queering reality

  1. Deb says:

    Another few books:

    Malinda Lo – “Ash” and “Huntress”
    Lo writes fairy tales for young adults with lesbian lead characters and girls who are figuring themselves out. Thoughtful writing & quick reads. Ash is a retelling of Cinderella. Huntress is an original story.

    “Havemercy” by Jaida Jones & Danielle Bennett
    A formerly glorious dragon corps, powered by mech & magic, is stocked by a team of misfits who find themselves in the unlikely position of trying to save their country against insurmountable odds. Not a very original plot, but the mechanical! dragons!, power struggles and gay romance save the book from being an average fantasy.

    The Nightrunner Series by Lynn Flewelling
    A six-volume fantasy/adventure/romance series about a pair of thieves that spy, get involved in magic with serious consequences and solve mysteries while staying mostly on the side of good.

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