I’ve said more than a few times in my blog posts that fantasy and science fiction works have never been the first books that I reach for when I’m looking for something new to read. While I admit to being pretty nerdy, I get frustrated with stories that often jump right into a fantasy setting or right into deep science mumbo jumbo expecting the reader to either instantly be able to follow or to fake it until he or she figures it all out. That sort of thing doesn’t appeal to me but that’s been my experience with a lot of mainstream works in both genres. LGBT writers and a few others are trying to change my point of view! It’s a great thing!
Over the past few months I’ve been exposed to some great LGBT fantasy and sci-fi writing and also to some mainstream authors who have stepped away from pounding out the science and who instead are developing settings, characters and plots first in an effort to draw the reader in. I’ve enjoyed their books quite a lot. I’ve profiled the books that have a gay, lesbian or transgender slant here on the site but not in an area designed just for those two genres. Now, I’m rectifying that!
Without further ado, here are the LGBT fantasy and sci-fi books that I’ve reviewed or recommended…so far:
Valerie: Daughter of the Dragon by Robert S. Fuller Jr. Please see me January 9th, 2013 post for my review. This is a lesbian themed vampire tale. Part fantasy, part sci-fi and all fiction, it is the authors first novel.
Oculus - the second book in a series of at least three “A Crisis of Two Worlds” books by Michael Offut. This 2nd effort is even more intriguing than the first. Please see my December 5th, 2012 post for my review.
Blue Magic by A. M. Dellamonica. Please see my April 23rd, 2012 post for my review. The LGBT themes in this part fantasy, mostly Sci-Fi follow up to Dellamonica’s smash fantasy/sci-fi hit Indigo Springs lean “Transgender”.
Slipstream by Michael Offutt. This is sci-fi with a gay slant from a queer author. It’s a great first attempt and the first in a series of, at least, 3 books. Please see my February 13th, 2012 post for my review.