[Pdf/E–pub] (Transcendent The Year's Best Transgender Speculative Fiction)
Pdf/E–pub (Transcendent The Year's Best Transgender Speculative Fiction)
Wow Wow I have yet to encounter a excellent collection of short stories in a single anthology Each and every one of these babies is so beautiful heartbreaking mind bending And they are all so different from one another I had to space them out because each one was so meaty I wanted plenty of time to savor itIt was so thrilling to see trans characters especially ones with neo pronouns simply mentioned just as part of the story without any fanfare or the usual acrobatics euired to explaincatalogueanalyze It just felt so perfect natural ight Exactly what I would always want and expect to see in fiction that is exploring and pushing the farthest eaches of expression imagination and experience This inaugural anthology collects the best transgender science fiction and fantasy short stories of 2015 I ve been wanting to 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 ead before Multiple times actually That s how much I love The Shape of My Name by Nino Cipri which fabulous amazing splendid and a whole host of other positive adjectives I actually featured it in a list post 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 please ead itI ve ead 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 ead I was in the mood for new tales Everything Beneath You by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam is another I d ead before in which a woman of the fisher people 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 propriety I didn t emember liking it enough the first time around to make a second ead through worthwhile Kin Painted by Penny Stirling is a story I featured on a ueership list for fantasy with aromantic protagonists Everyone in this unnamed narrator s family paints themselves be it camouflage or chess boards or works of art Their entire life the uestion of what they want to paint has hung over them even as they are unsure if they want to use 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 uit pretty 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 Lovecraft. 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 their place genuine expressions of self.
Ian 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 purpose of libraries What s the ight balance between preserving books and sharing them with the world I wasn t fully satisfied with the ending 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 professional uality science fiction stories but ones I doubt I ll emember They just didn t have enough of an impactI was looking forward to eading 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 a particular slight on Where Monsters Dance Rustad has so many phenomenal stories that any story that s just good doesn t stand out much in comparisonThe only story I eally had a problem 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 acist creeps like Rachel Dolezal who claim to be trans acial Other stories include Into the Waters I ode 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 ead it I ve also got the third volume on my Kindle so you may be seeing a eview of that at some pointReview from The Illustrated Page While Transcendent has the same problem as every short story collection which is the general difficulty for a single 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 ight now to eview 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 like most collections this was a mixed bag but definitely hits than misses in the collection I especially enjoyed Nino Cipri s time travel story The Shape of My Name the heartfelt magic ealism of A Merc Rustad s When Monster s Dance and the high school horror of Molly Tanzer s The Thing on the Cheerleading Suad it s a pleasure to ead a bunch of stories featuring trans characters where the primary conflict isn t transition and it s cool that the collection samples a pretty broad spectrum of subgenres I was disappointed at the degree the collection skews transmasculinenonbinary though I definitely co. Through such speculative fiction tropes as shapeshifting and programming Transgender individuals see themselves in transformative characters those outsiders before seeing themselves as human protagonists Those feelings are still valid But though the sto.
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Uld have used trans femmes generally speaking I was less excited about the stories included in here that were metaphorically trans or that ualified on the virtue of some character using gender neutral pronounsit s exciting that there s now enough trans speculative fiction to make a book like this full of high uality writing and imagination a eality i hope that there s another edition next year I egistered 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 anged from great to near perfect As a whole the anthology took on than simple transgender changes and playing with male and female oles There were totally elevated from the bulk of TG TF stories that I ead a steady diet of at the end of the 20th century There was no mind control body horror or apist turn abouts in these 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 eally excited to have purchased this A mostly good but never uite outstanding collection of stories featuring trans and non binarygenderueer characters The majority of the stories here are pleasant moderately well crafted and heartfelt but not very memorable Exceptions include Nino Cipri s excellent freuently epublished The Shape of My Name I think this is the third or fourth time I ve ead the story this year Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam s old fashioned Asian fairytale Everything Beneath You E Catherine Tobler s vivid Splitskin E Saxey s timely The Librarian s Dilemma a new author for me and someone I ll be looking out for in future Alexis A Hunter s unusual Amish set Be Not Uneually Yoked again a new author for me and an interesting voice and and Molly Tanzer s hilariously dark The Thing on the Cheerleading Suad Pretty much hit and miss anthology that probably leans to the miss side There are a couple of good stories a lot of just average pieces 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 A great collection It eminds me of a Best of SFF anthology It s not an easy or light ead I had to skip a couple stories because they were too poetic too dense too smart for me The ones I did ead were excellent though A broad ange 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 Ries involve transformation and outsiders sometimes the change is one of self ealization This anthology will be a welcome ead for those who are eady 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