The Queer SF&F Panel from Arisia, with Julia Rios, Don Sakers, and Connie Wilkins

Don Sakers writes reviews for Analog, and has written several books. His website is Meerkat Meade.

Connie Wilkins writes and edits speculative fiction , and has an erotica alter ego named Sacchi Green. She co-edited Heiresses of Russ 2012 with Steve Berman, edited Time Well Bent: Queer Alternate Histories, and most recently, has a story in The Mystical Cat.

Things we discussed: Lethe Press -- Steve Berman publishes works by a number of authors including Tanith Lee and Melissa Scott.

Queers Dig Time Lords -- a book of essays about Doctor Who by QUILTBAG fans. This book will come out in June.

Examples of good, complex characters: *Lesbian werewolves from Silver Moon (recommended by Connie) *Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who (recommended by Don) *Helen Magnus from Sanctuary (recommended by Don)

Examples of how stereotypes can be used well: *Promises, Promises by L-J Baker (recommended by Julia) *Xena: Warrior Princess (recommended by audience *Not QUILTBAG, but for SFnal/geek stereotypes: Galaxy Quest and The Big Bang Theory (recommended by Don) *Terry Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment (recommended by Connie) *"The Women Men Don't See", "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?", and "The Girl Who was Plugged In" by James Tiptree Jr. (recommended by audience)

General Recs: Connie: Nicola Griffith, Alyx Dellamonica, Malinda Lo, Tamora Pierce

Don: Geonn Cannon's Railroad Spine (MC pansexual female airship captain)

Julia: Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories by Sandra McDonald (read one story free at Strange Horizons), Fly Into Fire by Susan Jane Bigelow, "Recognizing Gabe" by Alberto Yáñez

Audience member recommends: Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin, Octavia Butler, Joss Whedon's Characters

Audience recommends Ellen Kushner (Swordspoint and The Privilege of the Sword)

Julie Andrews recommends Beyond Binary, anthology of genderqueer and sexually fluid speculative fiction edited by Brit Mandelo

Connie Recommends Scheherazade's Facade, fantastic tales of Gender Bending, Cross-Dressing, and Transformation edited by Michael M. Jones

Julia Recommends Machine by Jennifer Pelland (trans audience member seconds the rec)

Jennifer Pelland recommends Lyda Morehouse's Archangel Protocol books

Gillian Daniels recommends Kissing the Witch, collection of nested fairy tales by Emma Donoghue

Audience recommends SteamPowered Lesbian Steampunk Stories edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft (Connie seconds the rec)

Connie recs Hellebore and Rue, anthology of lesbian magic users edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft and Catherine Lundoff

Audience recommends Laurie Marks and Diane Duane. Same audience member has Problem/Rec for Lois McMaster Bujold because she writes interesting QUILTBAG characters, but they don't read like people audience member knows in real life. Looks at gender in really interesting ways, but, for instance, bisexual characters let audience member down.

Connie recommends "The Thick Night" by Sunny Moraine (also of note: Sunny's queer space opera novel co-written with Lisa Soem, Line and Orbit is now out)

Don recommends Shadow Man by Melissa Scott, and the works of Marion Zimmer Bradley

Audience member recommends Roz Kaveney's Rhapsody of Blood, and Nalo Hopkison's The Salt Roads

Connie recs Bordertown

Don recs Tiptree Award and Gaylactic Spectrum Award

Audience recommends S.M. Stirling's Nantucket series and Dies the Fire

Julie Andrews recommends TV series Lost Girl, and Australian TV series Outland, which is, alas, only available in Australia

Audience asks for YA QUILTBAG non-issue books. Recs for Malinda Lo, and Radiant Days by Elizabeth Hand.

Resource lists for YA: Rachel Manija Brown's list Yes Gay YA, and Lee Wind's I'm Here, I'm Queer, What the Hell Do I Read?

Don's Act Well Your Part and Lucky in Love, not genre, but gay YA romance in a setting where being gay is not an issue.

General recs for Circlet Press and Crossed Genres

News (after the panel)

Panel Notes from three other Arisia Panels (Trans* and gender variant SF, Asexuality in SF, and Beyond Binary)

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ALA Rainbow and Over the Rainbow lists of QUILTBAG Books

YALSA lists of books (includes Radiant Days) and graphic novels (includes A + E 4ever) for teens.

Crossed Genres submissions call fro QUILTBAG anthology, Fierce Family.

Call for papers for special Feminist SF issue of ADA journal.

House of Commons passed first vote for same sex marriage in the UK. Not done yet, but an encouraging sign.

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