Beyond Binary by Brit Mandelo
Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction

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Speculative fiction is the literature of questions, of challenges and imagination, and what better to question than the ways in which gender and sexuality have been rigidly defined, partitioned off, put in little boxes? These seventeen stories explore the ways in which identity can go beyond binary—from space colonies to small college towns, from angels to androids, and from a magical past to other worlds entirely, the authors in this collection have brought to life wonderful tales starring people who proudly define (and redefine) their own genders, sexualities, identities, and so much else in between.

Extraordinary stories by Keyan Bowes, Kelley Eskridge, Tobi Hill-Meyer, Nalo Hopkinson, Claire Humphrey, Sarah Kanning, Keffy R. M. Kehrli, Ellen Kushner, Richard Larson, Terra LeMay, Liu Wen Zhuang, Sandra McDonald, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Delia Sherman, Katherine Sparrow, Sonya Taaffe, Catherynne M. Valente

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Brit Mandelo is a writer, critic, and occasional editor whose primary fields of interest are speculative fiction, feminism, and queer literature, especially when the three coincide. Her work - fiction, nonfiction, poetry; she wears a lot of hats - has been featured in magazines such as Clarkesworld,, and Ideomancer. She also writes regularly for and has several column series there, including "Queering SFF" and the ongoing "Reading Joanna Russ," which explores Russ's oeuvre book by book. She is also the editor of Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction.
Published May 31, 2012 by Lethe Press. 276 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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our voices are silenced, our identities are effaced, and our stories go untold.” Defying that trend of oppression, the narrative voices of these 17 stories are loud and strong.

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And as a whole, the stories in this book do a great job of presenting a mosaic of all the ways that science fiction and fantasy can talk about non-normative gender and sexuality — it feels like this book is doing what the Bending the Landscape books used to do, expanding the conversation.

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Beyond Binary (Lethe Press) takes the reader on a journey through worlds where many things are uncertain and undefined, not least of which is what most of us look for first to orient ourselves in a fictional world.

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Bending the Bookshelf

The relationship that develops here is a delight to experience, with an understanding whore who acknowledges and respects her client's chosen gender, while equally accommodating and his birth gender in their intimacies.

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