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Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction #2020

Beyond Binary Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction 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 p

  • Title: Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction
  • Author: Brit Mandelo Keyan Bowes Kelley Eskridge Sarah Kanning Claire Humphrey Nalo Hopkinson Tobi Hill-Meyer Sandra McDonald
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  • Page: 142
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  • Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction By Brit Mandelo Keyan Bowes Kelley Eskridge Sarah Kanning Claire Humphrey Nalo Hopkinson Tobi Hill-Meyer Sandra McDonald, 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 frSpeculative 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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    1. Is expecting a book subtitled Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction to provide speculative fiction stories about genderqueer characters too much to ask for Apparently so, if this collection is any indication It s not that I didn t enjoy any of the stories It s that almost none of them lived up to the book s label Bisexuality is not the same thing as sexual fluidity Being transgendered is different from being genderqueer This is particularly frustrating because this is a collection o [...]

    2. For a book called Beyond Binary, this book was really binary There were two or three stories where the narrator or main character is not assigned a gender but most are either male or female and often it s not a particularly large component of the story if the character identifies or is identified as trans in any way Beyond that, I wasn t particularly impressed with any of the stories There were a handful I enjoyed but none that really stood out to me It was kind of a struggle to keep reading thi [...]

    3. My flight back from Readercon was delayed by several hours, so I got to read this anthology cover to cover I usually prefer to break up the reading of a themed anthology, but there was enough variety in this one to keep me engaged I particularly liked the Kelley Eskridge story I would have loved to see even variety, both in the types of speculative fiction and in the expected breadth inherent in the beyond binary label Still, taken individually, most of these stories are strong taken as a whole [...]

    4. Brit Mandelo is something of a queer genre celebrity, having served as the senior fiction editor for Strange Horizons Magazine, while also leading the discussions on Queering SFF for Tor Books It was actually an early piece of her on Tiptree Award Winners that first brought her to my attention, and I ve been relying on her to expand my bookshelf ever since.Beyond Binary is a collection of previously published Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction stories that I d been looking forwar [...]

    5. I was so excited when I first read about this book and the early reviews.But no.There are a few good pieces in here Eye of the Storm by Kelley Eskridge was both amazing and mind blowing, and made up for so much of the rest of this book But at that point, you should probably just pick up her own personal anthology, Dangerous Space A few of the stories toward the end were good, too, although none super stand out.Aside from the one story above, the best thing I can say is that most of these are les [...]

    6. Beyond Binary is an incredibly strong reprint anthology, showcasing tales of fluid gender and sexuality Of the stories I d read elsewhere, the two stand outs were Kelly Eskridge s Eye of the Storm and Catherynne M Valente s Palimpsest I was delighted to see both included, particularly Eskridge s piece, as it has lingered with me since I first read it years ago, and it perfectly encapsulates the theme of the collection The stories which were new to me that really stood out were Nalo Hopkinson s F [...]

    7. Well, that was overwhelmingly binary.When an anthology is subtitled Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction , I m naturally going to go in assuming a fair number of the stories will be about genderqueer or otherwise nonbinary people, you know But the vast majority of these stories were either about cisgender queer people including cisgender queer people whose narratives gave no hint of them being actually sexually fluid or about binary trans people And don t get me wrong, I love readi [...]

    8. For a book that claims to be beyond binary and genderqueer, the almost complete lack of either in this anthology is astonishing Doubly so since it s full of reprints Most stories paid lip service at best via some bisexuality and often fleeting at that , and for a book that promised no surprise reveal of genitals as a punch line, one of the stories in fact does just that.The best thing about this book is Kelley Eskridge s Eye of the Storm which really is just reminding me that I ve had a copy of [...]

    9. Really appreciate the diversity of identities on display in this anthology, as well as the varying degrees of focus the stories place on gender and sexual identity some stories are focused largely on identity, others treat identity as a given, only marginally relevant to the story at hand Glad to see asexuality represented here in Sarah Kanning s Sex with Ghosts interestingly, both Kanning s story and Tobi Hill Meyer s Self Reflection have to do with a character encountering herself but with MUC [...]

    10. I read this back in June but forgot to rate and review The selections are all good to great, but I got my money s worth from Delia Sherman s Faery Cony Catcher and Richard Larson s The Ghost Party Valente s story, Palimpsest, was nice to see here, too, particularly since her novel of the same name often eclipses the story that was its seed The Kelly Eskridge story was one I had not come across before, and it was wonderful, as were the Sandra McDonald and Ellen Kushner stories Kudos to the editor [...]

    11. Overall, I really liked the anthology There where stories I didnt like because the plot wasn t of interest to me A good example was the pirate story I like the idea of computer hackers as pirates but I couldn t connected with the drinking of rum as a medium to reincarnation and possession I liked Fisherman by Nalo Hopkinson It was grounded in a reality of experience that I believe could have existed in a different era I also really adored Spoiling Veena Veena knew that Vikrum was truly who they [...]

    12. Was thinking about adding this in my undergraduate module reading list, but I think it s too light on the speculative fiction elements and sexuality explicit than I want to discuss with a room full of 20 years olds Not that many actual genderfluid leads either Like most anthologies, there were stories I enjoyed and some that didn t work for me.

    13. Meh A couple of good stories and quite a few that are so oblique they are almost incoherent and I m not interested enough to invest the time to decipher them Starts stronger than it finishesd if I hadn t read the title of the anthology or the introductory essay, I wouldn t have guessed the common theme.

    14. I was attracted to the title of this one, but I don t feel like it lived up to the hype Don t get me wrong there are some good stories here, but I agree with some of the other reviews here In addition to the good stories are a bunch of ho hum, nothing to see here stories.

    15. I m in this book, but don t let that stop you These are urgent, important stories, and I hope they get read by lots and lots of people.

    16. For those who re TLDR I suggest reading the book, because it s good.This collection first came to my attention because it s got Eye of the Storm Kelley Eskridge in it I love the story so I decided to buy the collection It turned out, though, to have many stories I ended up enjoying I ve decided to review the collection story by story, since I m unsure how to discuss theme without spoilers While I won t be giving plot specific spoilers, I do mention my emotions impressions of the story so if tha [...]

    17. As usual with short story anthologies, it s a pretty mixed bag, but a better bag than usual I did read everything in the collection There s a Richard St Vier backstory for the Tremontaine Riversiders that I was delighted to find I should come back with the book for a better breakdown of authors to look for

    18. Yeah, the stories had some gender diverse characters, but a whole lot of them didn t make any sense to me Many were drawn out, over complicated short stories that seemed to serve no point.

    19. First off, I m really happy that this book exists at all I love SF, and as a non binary person, it s pretty rare that I get to see anyone even vaguely resembling myself in fiction.But There are a fair few buts with this book But the majority of the stories seemed to feature cis protagonists who were bi pan and that was apparently the beyond binary thing, and it s not like I object to stories with bi pan protagonists far from it , but I was really really hoping to see a few genderqueer non binar [...]

    20. Over all, the writing throughout the book is decent, but not at all genderqueer, sexually fluid, or speculative if you re looking for that kind of thing, you won t find it here further review as follows warnings transphobia, cocsa, lesbophobia, trans fetishism, a misunderstanding misrepresentation of trans experiences there isn t a single non binary character, only fetishised binary trans characters calling binary trans people genderqueer or non binary is misgendering them literally there s a st [...]

    21. I really enjoyed most of this collection, only two stories fell a bit short one due to choppy flow, other due to slow start and use of a ye olde dialect that was cumbersome to decipher Also introduced me to a few new authors to check out

    22. This is a fascinating and much needed anthology While I thought some of the stories were less daring than others or, for whatever reason, less appealing to me personally the majority were excellent well written, thought provoking, and a pleasure to read I d like to talk just a little bit about my favorites, focusing on those that worked exceptionally well both as stories and as considerations of gender and sexuality Sea of Cortez is barely SFF there s precognition or prophesy that doesn t always [...]

    23. Review for Beyond Binary I really enjoyed this collection of stories about people redefining sexual identity and gender The stories are all speculative fiction, reprinted from a variety of speculative fiction magazines and anthologies They range from the slightly different to the quite strange, and some are accessible than others, but all are well written and worth reading The choices are a good selection of the editor calls sexually fluid , one of my current favorite phrases Several stories ar [...]

    24. I was soooo excited when I saw this, that I bought it I never buy books If they aren t at the library, then I resign myself to never reading them But I had to have it Which is probably why I was so very disappointed when half the stories didn t live up to my expectations.Stories I did very much enjoy included Eye of the Storm , Fisherman , Bleaker Collegiate Presents , Self Reflection , and The Metamorphosis Bud I think I liked these because there was a playful lightness, a joy in discovery that [...]

    25. I m rating this three stars only because a few of the stories, in particular Eye of the Storm, Fisherman, and Bonehouse, are worth reading That said, I was disappointed by Beyond Binary because it occasionally lacked the genderqueer and sexually fluid components in stories while other stories lacked the genre of speculative fiction unless someone realllly stretched the genre In other words, the theme of the collection does not come across consistently through the stories selected I found myself [...]

    26. Recently, I ve started seeking out fiction, especially speculative fiction, about trans and genderqueer characters A call out for ideas on Twitter resulted in this book being recommended to me As several other reviewers have said, Beyond Binary isn t always as beyond binary as it could have been, and I m puzzled at the inclusion of some of these stories, but it does form a diverse and excellent sampler of LGBT fiction from leading authors in the field Some names I recognized before going past th [...]

    27. Not gunna lie, the title of this book gave the impression it would be full of stories about people of many various gender identities However, all except a couple were about transgender people and quite a few were about cisgender hetero bisexual people Don t get me wrong, it s nice to see representation of these groups, but there is already a lot representation for them than for agender third gender genderfluid androgynous etc people, which is what I was looking for and what I was expecting.Howe [...]

    28. An interesting collection Mandelo takes a big tent perspective on genderqueer and sexual fluidity, necessary because it s not always appropriate within the frame of a fictional setting to apply contemporary labels As with many collections, I found the stories to be hit or miss, primarily due to writing and structure rather than issues of sexuality Eye of the Storm is one of the better stories in the collection, but it comes early Shrodinger s Pussy is a free wheeling surrealist narrative that co [...]

    29. Interesting set of short stories promising to smash the boundaries of traditional relationships But, honestly, it didn t feel all that ground breaking I m a straight white guy from the suburbs Okay, I m open minded than most Still, nothing here made me sit back and think wow So, I think, given the title, the collection is tepid than it should be.That said, most of the stories are good As with any collection, each reader will find some which really resonate and some which fall flat Compared to [...]

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