[ [BOOK] Transcendent The Year's Best Transgender Speculative Fiction ] BY K.M. Szpara – xermadeenfotos.org
BOOK Transcendent The Year's Best Transgender Speculative Fiction BY K.M. Szpara – xermadeenfotos.org
A broad range of styles makes up this collection of sci fi and fantasy fiction by genderueer authors Some felt accessible than others to me Some involve the experience of being trans or genderueer in a literal straightforward manner while others are metaphorical None of them hold your hand they aren t edestrian stories attempting to define transgenderism the Adorkable process of transitioning or the struggle to be accepted by one s familyeers or society All of those subjects are touched on but none of them make a story in this anthology Some stories are inextricably tied to the trans experience but for others it s one detail to enrich the story Some of the highlights are The Shape of My Name The Librarian s Dilemma Where Monsters Dance and The Thing on the Cheerleading Suad I registered a book at BookCrossingcom in all I found the collection a superior mix of stories with no klunkers A handful of stories were merely slightly than average but most ranged from great to near Discover the Seasons perfect As a whole the anthology took on than simple transgender changes andlaying with male and female roles There were totally elevated from the bulk of TG TF stories that I read a steady diet of at the end of the 20th century There was no mind control body horror or rapist turn abouts in these Science in Ancient Egypt pages that I might see from Big Closet or the Transformation Story ArchivesMy least favorite stories were INTO THE WATERS I RODE DOWN EVERYTHING BENEATH YOU and CONTENTS OF CARE PACKAGE TO ETSATH TACHRI FORMERLY RYAN ANDREW CURRAN HUMAN ENGLISH TRANSLATED TO SEDRAYIN Each of these stories were better than average which is what you want to see in a best of collection There just seemed to be something that wasn t clicking with meMy favorite stories were BE NOT UNEUALLY YOKED THE THING ON THE CHEERLEADING SUAD and WHERE MONSTERS DANCE So generally for me the stories improved as I got deeper into the book I tend to think anthology editors like to sort from Better to Best but I need to talk to editors to see if this is usually the case I was really excited to haveurchased this This inaugural anthology collects the best transgender science fiction and fantasy short stories of 2015 I ve been wanting to How To Take Care of Your Human Pet pick it up ever since I saw the author line up there s a ton of great trans authors working in science fiction and fantasy and this collection has some authors whose work I adoreMy favorite story here is actually one I ve read before Multiple times actually That s how much I love The Shape of My Name by Nino Cipri which fabulous amazing splendid There are fantastical stories with actual transgender characters some for whom that is central and others for whom that isn't And there are stories without transgender characters but with metaphors and symbolism in theirlace genuine expressions of self.
Nd a whole host of other To Be Read Before Midnight positive adjectives I actually featured it in a listost for ueership a now closed blog for ueer SFF on ueer time travel short stories Anyway this story follows Heron whose family has a time machine in their backyard I don t want to say too much but Christian Healing Rediscovered please read itI ve read some other stories in this collection which isn t that surprising as I used to write ueership s short fiction column Another one here Treasure Acre by Everett Maroon was actually also featured on the time travel list Daniel has traveled back in time to find a box buried by Danielle I skipped over it this time around as I did with all the other stories I d already read I was in the mood for new tales Everything Beneath You by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam is another I d read before in which a woman of the fishereople falls in love with a goddess who says she can give her everything she s ever wanted but the goddess will not unbend from her own notions of What Lies Beneath (Newbury and Hobbes, propriety I didn t remember liking it enough the first time around to make a second read through worthwhile Kin Painted by Penny Stirling is a story I featured on a ueership list for fantasy with aromanticrotagonists Everyone in this unnamed narrator s family Reflektorem w mrok paints themselves be it camouflage or chess boards or works of art Their entire life the uestion of what they want toaint has hung over them even as they are unsure if they want to use Heroes Ghosts paint at all In the end they will have to find their own way in lifeAside from The Need for Overwhelming Sensation by Bogi Tak cs all the other stories were new to me The Need for Overwhelming Sensation is one I started a year or two ago but it turned out to be way to sexual for me so I uitretty uickly I didn t give it another attempt this time aroundOf the stories that were new to me I think Chosen by Margarita Tenser was my favorite It s a short little story that flips fantasy s conventions of the chosen one on their heads I loved it and I think it will appeal strongly to anyone who likes Terry Pratchett s workMy second favorite has to be The Thing on the Cheerleading Suad by Molly Tanzer which is sort of like Lovecraftian mythos meets high school You don t need to be familiar with Lovecraft to enjoy it I know next to nothing and I still loved this story The Librarian s Dilemma by E Saxey was a very interesting story that s sort of science fiction meets library science What s the Offerings purpose of libraries What s the right balance betweenreserving books and sharing them with the world I wasn t fully satisfied with the en. Through such speculative fiction tropes as shapeshifting and Like Wolves on the Fold programming Transgender individuals see themselves in transformative characters those outsiders before seeing themselves as humanrotagonists Those feelings are still valid But though the sto.
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Ding but I enjoyed how the story made me think The Petals Abide by Benjanun Sriduangkaew and The Scaper s Muse by BR Sanders were both solid Alone in the Office With My Sons Girlfriend professional uality science fiction stories but ones I doubt I ll remember They just didn t have enough of an impactI was looking forward to reading a new story by A Merc Rustad Where Monsters Dance but in the end I don t think it was one of their best That s not aarticular slight on Where Monsters Dance Rustad has so many From Pastime to Passion phenomenal stories that any story that s just good doesn t stand out much in comparisonThe only story I really had aroblem with was Contents of Care Package to Etsath tachri Formerly Ryan Andrew Curran Human English Translated to Sedrayin by Holly Heisey which was about a human transitioning to alien I don t think the metaphorical concept worked for me It made me think of those racist creeps like Rachel Dolezal who claim to be trans racial Other stories include Into the Waters I rode Down by Jack Hollis Marr Splitskin by E Catherine Tobler and Be Not Uneually Yolked by Alexis A HunterLike all anthologies Transcendent was mixed but I m glad I read it I ve also got the third volume on my Kindle so you may be seeing a review of that at some Claimed by the Alpha (BBW Shifter Romance - Part 3) pointReview from The Illustrated Page Pretty much hit and miss anthology thatrobably leans to the miss side There are a couple of good stories a lot of just average ieces and a few totally confusing ones that I found impossible to understand I m still not clear about the balance but felt there seemed a little one sided away from the transfeminine Of course I may just be mistaken about that Absolutely fantastic collection of stories about trans characters or written by trans authors curated by editor KM Szpara who did an amazing job of choosing stories that span the speculative fiction field from Lovecraftian horror to hard SF and spans lengths from almost flash fiction to novella lengthI wish I had the time right now to review every story in the book because there s not a clunker in the lot Instead I ll just list my favorites in ToC orderThe Shape of My Name by Nino CipriEverything Beneath You by Bonnie Jo StufflebeamContents of Care Package to Etsath tachri Formerly Ryan Andrew Curran Human English Translated to Sedrayin by Holly HeiseyTreasure Acre by Everett MaroonSplitskin by E Catherine ToblerThe Need for Overwhelming Sensation by Bogi TakacsBe Not Uneually Yoked by Alexis A HunterThe Thing on the Cheerleading Suad by Molly TanzerThe whole book was wonderful but these were the stand outs to me. Ries involve transformation and outsiders sometimes the change is one of self realization This anthology will be a welcome read for those who are ready to transcend gender through the lens of science fiction fantasy and other works of imaginative fiction.
KM Szpara is a ueer and trans author who lives in Balti MD with a tiny dog Kellan's debut alt near future novel DOCILE Spring 2020 Torcom Publishing explores the snowballing debt crisis consent and privilege and can be described as really gay He is the author of Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time a Hugo and Nebula nominated novelette about a gay trans man who's bitte