Strange Horizons: Our Queer Planet weekly online magazine edition of Strange Horizon publishing science fiction, fantasy, science fact, opinion, art, and reviews. Strange Horizons releases their week three magazine featuring works by Slimm Fabert, S. Qiouyi Lu, Anaea Lay, Tory Hoke, Hester J. Rook, Karoline Fedyk, Nicasio Andres Reed, Steve Berman, Roz Kaveney, Nick Hubble, and Karen Burnham.
Strange Horizons Our Queer Planet has a dangerous appeal to it, not only is it speculative fiction, it’s also intertwined queer characters, in a way breaking apart traditional male-oriented parent genre. To start, let’s experiment, prepare S. Qiouyi Lu’s “Her Sacred Spirit Soars” on your screen. Lu creates a portrait with rhythm including the narratives movement and the movement around the narrator such as wind rustling through trees. Then listen to it read by Anaea Lay and enjoy it again.
On the poetry front Karolina Fedyk and Hester J. Rook take us through two different poems with two different characters, who are fanciful and similar with one wearing seaweed in her hair and the other having seaweed hair. The poems are playful and sensual, and very open to idea that neither character’s lover is specifically a man or woman, again, driving the queer theme.
Steve Berman’s column “Some Advice From a Gay Publisher on Writing Gay,” is exactly what any gay or queer writer should read. Berman demystifies the genre by arguing that one doesn’t have to be a gay cis-gendered man to be a successful author of gay fiction. But, one does have to stay on point with call for submissions. Publishing nonerotic gay fiction seems to be a bit tricky according to Berman, however it’s not impossible.
Queer fiction, poetry, and reviews of related books, Strange Horizon’s Our Queer Planet is a great read. Don’t forget to catch the reviews section this week for this week’s reviews as well as previous weeks.
Sopphey Vance the poet, yarn artist, and legend resides in South Texas where he battles dragons and unicorns for Five 2 One Magazine.