Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction

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Brit Mandelo
Lethe Press, 2012 - Fiction - 276 pages
23 Reviews
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.

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Review: Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction (The World of Riverside 0.7)

User Review  - Diane - Goodreads

I think the title is misleading. Or, what I think of as genderqueer or sexually fluid isn't the same as the editor. A few were interesting and one was actually funny but overall most were "ehh?". I kept reading hoping for provocative but it never really happened. Read full review

Review: Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction (The World of Riverside 0.7)

User Review  - Cole - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review


Table of Contents
Introduction Brit Mandelo
Sea of Cortez Sandra McDonald
Eye of the Storm Kelley Eskridge
Fisherman Nalo Hopkinson
Pirate Solutions Katherine Sparrow
A Wild and a Wicked Youth Ellen Kushner
Prosperine When It Sizzles Tansy Rayner Roberts
Bonehouse Keffy R M Kehrli
Sex with Ghosts Sarah Kanning
Spoiling Veena Keyan Bowes
SelfReflection Tobi HillMeyer
The Metamorphosis Bud Liu Wen Zhuang
Schrödingers Pussy Terra LeMay
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The Faerie Conycatcher Delia Sherman
Palimpsest Catherynne M Valente
Another Coming Sonya Taaffe
Bleaker Collegiate Presents an AllFemale Production of Waiting for Godot Claire Humphrey
The Ghost Party Richard Larson
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About the author (2012)

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.

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