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Beyond Binary TOC - Official Announcement!

Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction will be released by Lethe Press in May 2012 - and here's the official table of contents!

"Sea of Cortez" by Sandra McDonald
"Eye of the Storm" by Kelley Eskridge
"Fisherman" by Nalo Hopkinson
"Pirate Solutions" by Katie Sparrow
"'A Wild and a Wicked Youth'" by Ellen Kushner
"Prosperine When it Sizzles" by Tansy Rayner Roberts
"The Fairy Cony-Catcher" by Delia Sherman
"Palimpsest" by Catherynne M. Valente
"Another Coming" by Sonya Taaffe
"Bleaker Collegiate Presents an All-Female Production of Waiting for Godot" by Claire Humphrey
"The Ghost Party" by Richard Larson
"Bonehouse" by Keffy R. M. Kehrli
"Sex with Ghosts" by Sarah Kanning
"Spoiling Veena" by Keyan Bowes
"Self-Reflection" by Tobi Hill-Meyer
"The Metamorphosis Bud" by Liu Wen Zhuang
"Schrodinger's Pussy" by Terra LeMay

Putting this book together was a delight, and I'm deeply glad that Steve (mroctober) gave me the chance to try my hand at editing a collection. I'm proud of the end results and I hope that this TOC represents a diverse spectrum of voices - and, of course, that when it makes its way out into the world, people enjoy it. Thank you a thousand times to my contributors, without whom there wouldn't be a book.


Wait, the book's not called Steve Berman presents...????
You're wonderful.
And yet I'm single. :(
Maybe with that $5k offer on the table, someone will hook you up. *g*
I can't wait. Sounds great!
Thank you!
Thank you, too!
Yay! I look forward to reading it.
I can't wait for it to be out. Thanks!
Amazing toc. That definately goes on the to-buy list.
Thank you so much! That's good to hear. *g*
oh wow this looks wonderful!
I knew it would, but it's still great to see :)
Thank you! I'm glad you like it.
Looks wonderful!!
Thank you! (I can't wait for people to be able to read it; May seems so far away.)
There are some books in your book... I heard you like books.
Yes, yes I do.
Thank you!
Looks fantastic!! Congratulations to you, Lethe Press and all the contributing authors :)
Thank you!


The book sounds great, I look forward to reading it. But... OK, please don't take this as a troll, because it's a genuine question. For a book about gender called 'Beyond Binary', doesn't it strike you as a little odd that only two of the authors are male, and (as far as I can tell from Googling) the rest are female? Is that really 'a diverse spectrum of voices'?

I'm just wondering if you got far more/better submissions from women than men, or what. I know it shouldn't matter, but it just looks ironic to me that a book supposedly about subverting the gender binary is almost entirely written by people of one gender.

Eh, this still reads a bit trollish. Feel free to delete the comment if you want. I'm planning to buy the book either way.
Having thought about this for a minute, I won't delete it.

I do object to the premise, though. Being female-bodied does not mean identifying as a woman, for one thing. Another: how would having a "50/50" TOC do anything for disrupting the binary, either, in a dualistic construction like this one? I would be (and am) more concerned by the fact that there are no stories by writers who identify as intersex or agendered.

And for the answer - no, I actually don't find having only two men in the TOC ironic.

The reason for that is that I was more concerned with the content of the stories than how the writers identified. The "gender spread" in the stories themselves is as diverse as I could get with sixteen entries; the point of the anthology is not the authors' identification, since these aren't memoirs, but the stories that are in it, and who is represented in the stories.

(As for subs: many of the submissions by men were stories I loved, but they were gay stories, not genderqueer/bisexual/etc. stories; the theme was the deciding factor.)
Good answer, Brit! It's a question that is bound to come up more than once.

Part of the point of publishing in the wide world is to get beyond one's own existing circle, which means articulating points like this. So glad you're here!
I'm glad to be here, too. *g* Thanks.
This looks great! I can't wait to read it!

By the way, "Spoiling Veena" first appeared over at Expanded Horizons back in our second issue and is available online here.
If you friend exp_horizons we have regular announcements about our magazine. It seems you may be interested.
I do read Expanded Horizons, actually. *g* I didn't know you had a community, though!
I figured you might read us, since you signal boosted Shweta's story. We also have a Facebook, if that's your thing.
Very nice TOC! I'm delighted to be included - thanks you to you and Mr. Steve Berman presents!
No, thank you for the story. *g*
Glad to hear it!
I hope you enjoy! :)
to be honest, the first thing i thought of when i saw all the female authors in table of contents was of all the low budget female slash fic I see online.

then i saw it from a different point of view: most of the male fic ive read is sex, sex and more sex with no plot development and stock characters. maybe it's a good thing that there's hardly any male writers here! perhaps a female dominated comp will be more thoughtful and cerebral and less of a porn extravaganza.

Either way, can't wait to crack open the book and see what's inside.
forgot to mention... i followed this link from Tor.com
Are you planning anything special for the book at Wiscon?
I do plan on attending, and would like to do a book party or something along those lines, if I can manage it!
That's definitely going on my To-Kindle list.
Thank you!