Q Quest Kids: Queer and GenderQueer SF/F lists!

BOOKS & STORIES WE READ FROM IN THE WORKSHOP
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

Pioneering feminist science fiction dealing with gender on a world where people assume a gender only to mate and those who are permanently one gender or another are seen as bizarre and disturbing.

Gooseberry Bluff Community College of Magic: The Thirteenth Rib by David J. Schwartz (one of the workshop presenters)
Alternate history of the world in which magic is the ruling force of power, not nuclear power. An investigator from the Magical Bureau of Investigations goes undercover as a professor at a community college of magic. Discussions of race, disability, gender, and queer sexuality. Author is a genderqueer local nebula-award-nominated writer.

Ascension: a Tangled Axon Novel, by Jacqueline Koyanagi

Space opera/romance touching on polyamory, disability, race, class, sisterhood, and queer sexuality

Glitter & Mayhem Anthology
Nightclub- and roller derby-themed anthology with several queer/trans/genderqueer stories (David J. Schwartz’s “Apex Jump” about the intergalactic trans roller derby girl is included)
FURTHER READING

Ancillary Justice/Ancillary Sword/Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie: Describes a far-future society from the POV of a person who perceives all gender as female by default, regardless of physical sexual characteristics

Ring of Swords AND A Woman of the Iron People by Eleanor Arnason

Describes a world in which homosexuality is the default and heterosexuality is a sign of being like an animal (and thus in need of extermination)
Shadow Man by Melissa Scott
Planetary science fiction in which the pharmaceuticals used to enable humans to survive FTL travel have caused humanity to manifest five sexual patterns, and new gender norms have developed and are strictly enforced

Elemental Logic series, by Laurie J. Marks

Fantasy quartet (Book 4 coming soon!) with multiple queer and non-monogamous relationships.

Swordspoint and Privilege of the Sword, by Ellen Kushner

Fantasy novels set in the mythical city of Riverside, centered around a pair of gay male characters.

One For Sorrow, by Christopher Barzak

Ghost story about a troubled bisexual teen, set in small-town Ohio.

Solitaire, by Kelley Eskridge

Near-future corporate techno-thriller with a lesbian protagonist.

Ammonite, Slow River, and Hild by Nicola Griffith

Two science fiction novels with lesbian protagonists, and one historical fiction novel with a subtly queer protagonist.

Anthologies

Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction, edited by Brit Mandelo

Fantasy & Science fiction addressing genderqueer and sexually fluid themes

Short Stories:

“And Salome Danced” and “Eye of the Storm” by Kelley Eskridge

Two short stories, one psychological horror/erotica, one fantasy, in which the narrator’s gender is never specified, so that the reader is forced to question their assumptions about gender and sexuality

“Love Might Be Too Strong a Word” by Charlie Jane Anders (available online at http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/love-might-be-too-strong-a-word/)

A far-future comic short story in which there are several genders

Lightspeed Magazine, June 2015 (Queers Destroy Science Fiction! Special Issue)
All-queer anthology of well-known science fiction authors

Not In Love With Julia

She watched this so we wouldn’t have to. I was encouraged by their partner organizations, so I am disappointed. I especially call your attention to this: “Can you imagine Sesame Street making videos of parents of typical children complaining about how difficult it is to raise their kids? Can you imagine Sesame Street doing this with parents of kids with other disabilities? Somehow it is unique to autism that the “parents’ lives are hard” story must ALWAYS be included. It really does not have to be included. There is a time and place to talk about how hard parenting your autistic kids can be, and it’s the same place you talk about how hard parenting your typical kids can be, how hard your marriage can be, how hard your friendships can be – privately, with trusted friends and family.”

Erin Human

Everyone might be tired of hearing about Sesame Street’s new autistic muppet by the time I post this, but before I wrote up a full review I had to make my way through all of the materials at the “Sesame Street and Autism” site. I watched all of the videos, either when the kids weren’t around or with headphones while they were otherwise occupied, because I wanted to screen them first before I let them view of it – and, yes, it is weird to have to screen Sesame Street, of all things, for harmful messaging, but such is the state of the mainstream dialogue on autism that I knew there were likely to be some things I would not want my kids to see or hear. And there were.

What is Sesame Street and Autism?

First, a brief explanation of what Sesame Street and Autism is and isn’t. There’s been…

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Subject of a Study

tongsÉiden just bought himself an ENORMOUS pair of 10-inch tongs for feeding Bearded Dragons.

I was lying around in bed reading when he approached me and immediately grasped the fabric of my T-shirt in the tongs, which look like novelty tweezers.

“This species is an anomaly that continues to make for a very interesting study,” he said in David Attenborough’s accent.

“As you can see, the Wild Haddayr has a very interesting anatomy with extra quantities of loose skin that serve no function whatsoever.”

“And another interesting bit of anatomy,” he went on, gripping the flesh of one of my knuckles, “you can see the wrinkled flesh.” He shook it gently, turning my hand over deftly. “The Haddayr also spends great amounts of its time sniffing children with no obvious evolutionary purpose whatsoever.”

“And this evolutionary disadvantage is one that has baffled scientists for centuries,” he intoned, grabbing my earrings with astounding speed and dexterity. “Why would a Haddayr pierce its own flesh with bands of metal?”

He grabbed my sleeve again with the pincers and pulled it up.

“And why would it stab itself over and over with needles dipped in dye, forever marking it so that it stands out in the foliage?”

“This species,” he continued with as much dignity as he could muster as I began to fight back, “is especially difficult to study as it uses its fingers to viciously tickle the scientists.”

“This species spends most of its time peering into a computer screen, typing lies about various computer programs and products, and how good they are,” he concluded. “This also serves no evolutionary advantage whatsoever.”

Scoffing, my observer and social commentator rose from the bed and went downstairs to his dinner.