This flash fiction piece is very clearly and almost too literally inspired by the phenomena of the bilateral gynandromorph butterfly. I am fascinated by and adore this natural occurrence in the wild, and so transplanted it into the world of butterfae.
For those not in the know, butterfae are fairies with butterfly wings. My story follow one such fae as they hesitantly join the migration, aided by two young friends. It’s a light, hopefully beautiful moment in a fantastical time.
You can get the ebook of “Migration” from Queer Sci Fi (with a whopping 120 stories in it) here.
I’m very happy to have been asked to write a story for this sure-to-be incredible anthology of work from previous winners of the OutStanding LGBTQI Short Story Competition. I received first prize in 2015 for my short story, A Jellyfish Daydream.
The story I have written for this book is a speculative fiction piece, but grounded firmly in reality and set in Melbourne. It is set in a world exactly like our own, however if you are part of the LGBTIQA community, you go through a second puberty which imbues you with a superpower related to whichever letter you identify with. It follows Lex as they navigate the somewhat unexpected changes that fall upon them on a night out with their lover and friends.
On the heavier side, it is about the difficulty of self-identification when it collides with biological and societal demands. But on the light side, there are drag shows and superpowers.
The ebook, ‘Lightning Flash‘ is out now on Amazon from the OutStanding LGBTQI Short Story Competition. Please read and review!
I set myself a goal of 40 books on Goodreads this year, which I’m happy to say I’ve beaten by 8 books!
I expanded my reading selection out a little this year to try and bring more queer literature into my life. Obviously a combo of queer and speculative fiction (my own niche market) is ideal, but either/or works as well.
How did I choose favourites? By thinking about stories that have stuck with me, that moved me, and that forced me to learn something new, to be enlightened through reading and understanding. Reading is a transcendent experience, when done with such talented authors.
So, in no particular order, my top books of 2018.
- The Broken Earth Series (The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky) by N.K. Jemisin
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- Blindsight by Peter Watts
- We The Animals by Justin Torres
- The Female Man by Joanna Russ
- Spin by Robert Charles Watson
- The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke
- The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
I have a secret love of Antarctica, so when the opportunity arose to set a science-fiction story there about a city beneath the ice, my imagination went crazy and I ended up with a historical horror piece about a doomed United Nations expedition of four men into the stark landscape to investigate what happened to the last eight parties.
I’m immensely proud of “The Ninth Expedition” for many reasons and I hope you enjoy it. You can get it from Infinite Realms. It’s got some incredible stories, all edited by H. David Blalock.
I read a lot of incredible speculative and science fiction over 2017, but these are my favourite seven books (in descending order of the date I finished them) along with links to my reviews.
How do I pick my favourites? These are books I have not forgotten, that have stayed with me since reading them and won’t fade anytime soon. Beautiful writing, concepts, characters are important, but more important to me is to be amazed, to be fascinated and to have my mind expanded by reading. These books all accomplished this feat in different ways.
- The Power by Naomi Alderman
- Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
- Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
- The Sparrow by Maria Doria Russell
- Nymphomation by Jeff Noon
- Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
- Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Do you love these books too?