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)
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 recs Bordertown
Audience recommends S.M. Stirling's Nantucket series and Dies the Fire
Audience asks for YA QUILTBAG non-issue books. Recs for Malinda Lo, and Radiant Days by Elizabeth Hand.
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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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.