Christian Baines joins me to talk about The Beast Without, a paranormal novel.
We also briefly discuss his erotic paranormal short, The Prince and the Practitioner.
You can find Christian on twitter as @xtianbaines, or visit his blog at christianbaines.blogspot.com.
Christian will be at the Saints and Sinners book festival in New Orleans in May.
Finally, I end with a recommendation for Red Caps, a short story collection by Steve Berman. That comes out for Valentines Day, and it's a solid collection of stories. Check out Brit Mandelo's review of it at Tor.com, and then check out the book for yourself.
Gillian Daniels, Emily Wagner, Adam Lipkin, Victor Raymond join Julia Rios talk about QUILTBAG YA in this panel from Arisia.
Gillian blogs for New England Theatre Geek and the Analytical Couch Potato and eatyourbooks.blogspot.com.
Emily is a YA Librarian and the programming chair for Readercon.
Adam reviews YA books for Publishers Weekly.
Victor is a professor of sociology, activist, and founding member of the Carl Brandon Society. Victor Jason Raymond on Facebook. Material For Class Tumblr is coming soon.
Julia is the host of this podcast, and is co-editing an anthology of diverse YA SF and fantasy called Kaleidoscope.
Things mentioned in the panel:
*Flying Higher: an anthology of superhero poetry--all the panelists have poems in this, and it is free.
*Malnda Lo's books (Lesbian characters without being problem novels)
*Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (good trans character, bi character who is also disabled, complex relationships, very good audiobook version)
*If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan (two girls in love in Iran)
*The Weetzie Bat series by Francesca Lia Block
*Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein (as an example of a classic YA book where diversity--in this case race--is played down, so the character reads as white to a lot of people)
*The Shattering by Karen Healey (and a blanket recommendation for Karen Healey in general, and Guardian of the Dead has a good asexual character)
*The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (trans character)
*AO3 (Archive Of Our Own--a fanfiction website where Emily sees teens going to write their own fix it fics. If they like a story and are disappointed about the representation, they will transform it themselves.)
*Cassandra Clare, Sara Rees Brennan, Naomi Novik, Lois McMaster Bujold (authors who got their start in fanfic and/or still write fanfic after being professionally published)
*Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (as an example of something where the issue of othernerss--in this case race--is so highlighted that the person portrayed as other must be presented as perfect)
*The Nightrunner Series by Lynn Flewelling
*The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (Teen #1 in audience read and liked it for the adventure)
*The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Teen #2 read and loved this because it didn't try to romanticize death, but was blunt and direct)
*Fanfiction! (Teen #3 is following over 150 fanfics right now and loves Once Upon a Time fanfic because, "The show is so terrible, but the fanfic is so good!")
*The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (SF in future Brazil with a polyamorous relationship with QUILTBAG characters and characters of color)
*Marco Impossible by Hannah Moscowitz (mainstream gay book for middle school age readers)
*My Most Excellent Year A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger (another mainstream book with 9th grade protagonists, one of whom is gay)
*The Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce (to start with one character has two moms, and later one of the main characters is bi. These are good because they start young and get older, so goo books to grow with)
*Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson (Audience recommended, but then did not want to spoil it, so I'm unsure why exactly it was recommended)
We talked a bit about the LadyLike Book Club review of Black Blade Blues.
If he could cast the Sarah Beauhall movies, he'd pick Katee Sackhoff to play Sarah.
If you are a neo-pro level writer and interested in learning from John, he'll be teaching at Paradise Lost in 2014.
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Traci Castleberry, Elka Cloke, Jeff Mann, and Bill Coleman talk to me about their stories in Suffered from the Night: Queering Bram Stoker's Dracula. At the end of the podcast, I also have a conversation with Alisa Krasnostein about the project we're crowdfunding right now, Kaleidoscope!
Traci Castleberry also writes as Nica Berry and Evey Brett. You can find out all about her work on her website.
Elka Cloke is active on both Tumblr and Twitter.
Jeff Mann has a website with lots of info about his work.
Bill Coleman also has a website with lots of info.
Bill and Elka both had stories in A Study in Lavender: Queering Sherlock Holmes.
Kaleidoscope is fundraising until the end of the month. Click here to back the project! When we hit the $7,000 mark, we'll post our submissions guidelines on the Kaleidoscope Blog.
Lee Martindale moderates the Gay SF panel at WorldCon. I (Julia Rios) am on it along with Scott Bobo, Matthew Johnson, Paul J. Salamoff, and Paige Ewing.
After the panel there's a mini interview with Kyell Gold, who talks about the audiobook version of Green Fairy.
We also had a great OA lunch meetup at WorldCon, and here's a picture of the group (minus a couple of people who had to dash before we could get our picture taken):
Recommended in the panel:
*The Ladies of Trade Town
*Heiresses of Russ
*Yard Dog Press
*Ann McCaffrey (Pern)
*Marion Zimmer Bradley
*Kiini Ibura Salaam
*Lambda Literary Awards
*Gaylactic Spectrum Awards
*Breaking Bad (for disability, not QUILTBAG content)
Michael Damian Thomas and Shira Lipkin join me to talk about Flying Higher, an anthology of superhero poetry, which you can get for free on Smashwords. Michael is @michaeldthomas on Twitter and Shira is @shadesong. Shira has also recently had a poem in Apex Magazine and a story in Clockwork Phoenix 4. Michael is also the co-editor of Queers Dig Time Lords and Glitter and Mayhem.
Recent conventions with awesome looking program items included Diversicon and Nine Worlds. Catherine Lundoff has two different Diversicon posts! I don't have any Nine Worlds posts to share, but if you were there and want to write in about your experience, I'd love to hear all about it.
I also wanted to say congratulations to all the World Fantasy Award nominees! Awesome to see N.K. Jemisin, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Karin Tidbeck, Charles Tan, Kaaron Warren, Meghan McCarron, and L. Timmel Duchamp on the ballot.
Finally, Circlet Press is having a Summer Reading Sale!
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The Untragic Trans* Panel from WisCon 37! Moderated by Rhea Ewing, with Autumn Nicole Bradley, Rose Hayes, Brit Mandelo, and Elliott Mason. The panel runs an hour and fifteen minutes, and then I give a little Readercon report after it's over.
Things the panelists recommended:
*We Happy Trans* is a website specifically for sharing positive trans* experiences.
*What Makes a Baby is a book that talks about how babies are made in very inclusive terms for all kinds of families.
*Choir Boy by Charlie Anders is a novel about a trans* teen.
*Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman is a book about exploring gender in multiple ways.
*Being Emily by Rachel Gold is another trans* teen novel, and one which Autumn recommends as really speaking to her experience.
*FINE is Rhea's comic about gender.
Readercon was great! Big thanks to he concom for working hard to make the space as safe and inclusive as possible. I loved getting to catch up with so many OA members, though I utterly failed to get a lot pictures. I do have two, though! Both from the From Page to Stage workshop run by C.S.E. Cooney and Caitlyn Paxson. At the end, all the participants read from their work, and I caught Kyell Gold and Brad Parks in the act!
Thanks to everyone who made Readercon weekend great!
The Queers Dig Time Lords panel from WisCon! This panel was moderated by Sigrid Ellis, and the other panelists were Michael Damian Thomas, Amal El-Mohtar, Na'amen Tilahun, Brit Mandelo, Mary Anne Mohanraj, and me, Julia Rios. Even though this panel happened at 10am, it still gets the explicit tag (and how!), so consider yourself forewarned!
Congratulations to award winners! The last month saw both the Bisexual Book Awards and the Lambda Literary Awards announced, as well as the Chronos Awards in Australia, and Ellen Kushner's Swordspoint won best Audio Drama at the Audies! Congratulations, all!
If you want to see pictures from WisCon 37, you can check out my photo set on Flickr.
Finally, if you were not able to attend WisCon, and would like to with the OA WisCon Prize Package (signed copies of Queers Dig Time Lords and Amal El-Mohtar's The Honey Month, plus a souvenir Queers Dig Time Lords test tube), e-mail me at email@example.com any time during the month of June. I'll draw a winner in early July.
Eight OA members answer the same four questions (about SF awards, what "metrosexual" means, identity politics and the term QUILTBAG, and recommended media from 2013), so we can see a bit of the wide variety of opinions on each topic.
Stuff We Mentioned
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Christopher Barzak joins me to talk about all his latest projects!
Before the interview, a brief correction: last time I failed to mention Kay Holt as co-editor of The Other Half of the Sky. Oops! That anthology of feminist SF stories is co-edited by Athena Andreadis and Kay Holt. In this podcast, I say pick it up if you haven't already. I meant to say check it out! It's forthcoming, so you can't pick it up yet.
*Before and Afterlives is Christopher's short story collection out through Lethe Press.
*One for Sorrow, and The Love We Share Without Knowing are his novels.
*Birds and Birthdays is a recent collection of three stories and an essay about surrealist art. You can hear an interview all about that with Shaun Duke over on The Skiffy and Fanty Show.
*Jamie Marks is Dead is the movie (currently in production) based on One for Sorrow.
*Christopher teaches at Youngstown State University, and the literary magazine he helped students start is called Jenny.
*He co-edited Interfictions 2 with Delia Sherman, and is no co-editing the fiction portions of the forthcoming Interfictions Online with Meghan McCarron.
*The first issue of Interfictions Online will launch at WisCon at the end of May.
*Christopher will also be at Readercon in July, and he'll have a reading at the KGB Bar in New York later in 2013.
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