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Bending the Landscape: Original Gay and Lesbian Writing, Volume I: Science Fiction

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Edited by world-renowned lesbian speculative fiction author Nicola Griffith and science fiction and fantasy publisher Stephen Pagel, this groundbreaking anthology of all-original science fiction stories brings together some of mainstream's and science fiction's most notable and daring writers -- gay and straight -- creating worlds where time and place and sexuality are alternative to the empirical environment.

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Overview

Edited by world-renowned lesbian speculative fiction author Nicola Griffith and science fiction and fantasy publisher Stephen Pagel, this groundbreaking anthology of all-original science fiction stories brings together some of mainstream's and science fiction's most notable and daring writers -- gay and straight -- creating worlds where time and place and sexuality are alternative to the empirical environment.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1997, White Wolf published Bending the Landscape: Fantasy, edited by Griffith and Pagel. Overlook is continuing the series with an SF volume, to be followed by a horror collection and then a reprint of the White Wolf book. Again, the editors have assembled stories by both mainstream and genre, and straight and gay, authors--this time to examine one of SF's most enduring themes, that of the other or the alien in so-called "normal" society. Fear of commitment, among other matters, haunts the virtual-reality-addicted main character of Rebecca Ore's evocative "Half in Love with Easeful Rock and Roll." Ellen Klages's lesbian-themed time-travel romance, "Time Gypsy," offers a high-spirited reminder that each era poses its own challenges for those who are different. "The Rendez-Vous," by Nancy Johnston, with its news article format, makes a wry statement about basing conclusions on false assumptions. Hard SF writers Stephen Baxter ("Sun-Drenched") and Allen Steele ("The Flying Triangle") present spacefarers whose sexual persuasion inevitably affects their work. Elisabeth Vonarburg's "Stay Thy Flight" and Shariann Lewitt's "A Real Girl" feature artificial intelligences whose longing for human love leads to tough decisions. Also represented among the 21 stories are Charles Sheffield, Nancy Kress, Jim Grimsley and other well-known writers. Like its predecessor in the series, and like Things Invisible to See (reviewed below), this is a fine collection that will please readers in search of fiction that stretches assumptions about gender as well as about humanity. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Following the gay-themed fantasy collection Bending the Landscape: Fantasy (LJ 12/96), this anthology collects original sf stories from gay, lesbian, and straight authors, including newcomers as well as award-winners like Nancy Kress and Charles Sheffield. Series editors Griffith (The Blue Place, LJ 6/1/98) and Pagel, an sf/fantasy publisher, required the authors to focus on one of sf's most popular themes--the alien or the other, which for this volume had to be a lesbian or a gay man. From that broad base appear 21 very different stories exploring the emotional, intellectual, and political ramifications of the alien in society. Some authors posit a frightening future; others take a more humorous approach. In some stories the sexual orientation of the characters is almost incidental; elsewhere it is central to the plot. Including time travelers, alien races, and artificial intelligences, this anthology offers an enjoyable view of what-ifs. Recommended for sf collections. [Overlook plans to reissue the aforementioned fantasy anthology as Volume 3; horror will be the focus of Volume 2.--Ed.]--Devon Thomas, Highland Twp. P.L., MI
Kirkus Reviews
A companion volume to 1997's gender-bending BTL: Fantasy with, this time, science fiction themes and ideas given a gay/lesbian perspectiveþthough the contributors include non-gay/lesbians and mainstream writers. As before, there's a welcome diversity of subjects and approaches in the 21 stories here, ranging from the destruction of an intelligent alien species and a disturbing modern ghetto to the military, time travel, space travel, virtual reality, surgery, and religious fundamentalism. Immediately recognizable authors include Rebecca Ore, Stephen Baxter, Allan Steele, Charles Sheffield, Nancy Kress, and Shariann Lewitt. A respectable assemblage. The problemþby no means particular to this seriesþis the difficulty of producing distinctive, original work within previously defined parameters. Annoying, too, how often the phrase "deliciously sly" crops up in the editorial bits.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879517328
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Series: Bending the Landscape Series , #2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicola Griffith: a native of Yorkshire, England, now a dual US/UK citizen. Author of six novels (Ammonite, Slow River, The Blue Place, Stay, Always, Hild) and a multi-media memoir (And Now We Are Going to Have a Party: Liner notes to a writer's early life). Co-editor of the Bending the Landscape series of original queer f/sf/h stories. Essayist. Teacher. Blogger. Winner of the Nebula, Tiptree, World Fantasy, and 6 Lambda Literary Awards. (Also a BBC poetry prize, some Gaylactic Spectrum awards, the Premio Italia, the Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize, and others.) Wife of writer Kelley Eskridge (and co-owner of Sterling Editing). Nicola lives in Seattle, where she occasionally emerges from the seventh century to drink just the right amount of beer and take enormous delight in everything.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Sex, Guns, and Baptists 13
Half in Love With Easeful Rock and Roll 26
Powertool 45
Time Gypsy 47
Lonely Land 79
The Rendez-Vous 101
Silent Passion 110
Sun-Drenched 132
The Flying Triangle 143
Brooks Too Broad For Leaping 163
Dance at the Edge 176
Love's Last Farewell 197
On Vacation 207
The City in Morning 232
State of Nature 242
The Beautiful People 250
A Real Girl 264
Who Plays With Sin 283
Surfaces 307
Stay Thy Flight 331
Free in Asveroth 346
About the Editors 367
About the Authors 369
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