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Speculative fiction is the literature of uestions of challenges and imagination and what better to uestion than the ways in which gender and sexuality have been rigidly defined partitioned off put. For a book called Beyond Binary this book was really binary There were two or three stories where the narrator or main character is not assigned a gender but most are either male or female and often it's not a particularly large component of the story if the character identifies or is identified as trans in any way Beyond that I wasn't particularly impressed with any of the stories There were a handful I enjoyed but none that really stood out to me It was kind of a struggle to keep reading this but I kept hoping that I'd come across a story that would make it worth it That didn't really happen unfortunately Ultimately I was pretty disappointed with this anthology

Summary Beyond Binary Genderueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction

Beyond Binary Genderueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative FictionIn little boxes These seventeen stories explore the ways in which identity can go beyond binary from space colonies to small college towns from angels to androids and from a magical past to other w. Beyond Binary is an incredibly strong reprint anthology showcasing tales of fluid gender and sexuality Of the stories I'd read elsewhere the two stand outs were Kelly Eskridge's Eye of the Storm and Catherynne M Valente's Palimpsest I was delighted to see both included particularly Eskridge's piece as it has lingered with me since I first read it years ago and it perfectly encapsulates the theme of the collection The stories which were new to me that really stood out were Nalo Hopkinson's Fisherman Sonya Taaffe's Another Coming and Schrodinger's Pussy by Terra LeMay I also really enjoyed Bleaker College Presents an All Female Production of Waiting for Godot by Claire Humphrey The Ghost Party by Richard Larson and Bonehouse by Keffy RM Kerhli Because the anthology was so well done overall I found myself judging it harshly The stories that didn't seem to entirely fit the theme or weren't as strong in other ways were all the disappointing when compared to the stories that hit every note perfectly That said even those stories that didn't work as well for me personally still have a lot to recommend them and the anthology is among my favorite reads of the year

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Summary ↠ Beyond Binary Genderueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction 108 Î Speculative fiction is the literature of uestions of challenges and imagination and what better to uestion than the ways in which gender and sexuality have been rigidly defined partitioned off put in little boxes These seveOrlds entirely the authors in this collection have brought to life wonderful tales starring people who proudly define and redefine their own genders sexualities identities and so much else in betwe. For a book that claims to be beyond binary and genderueer the almost complete lack of either in this anthology is astonishing Doubly so since it's full of reprints Most stories paid lip service at best via some bisexuality and often fleeting at that and for a book that promised no surprise reveal of genitals as a punch line one of the stories in fact does just thatThe best thing about this book is Kelley Eskridge's Eye of the Storm which really is just reminding me that I've had a copy of her short story collection in which this is also included for ages and need to read it Sandra McDonald's Sea of Cortez is likewise strong although its sff content is minimal for those who worry about that sort of thingThe second half of the anthology in particular feels ill formed and fragmentary; lots of stories that are along the lines of mood pieces than fully fleshed out creationsMy rating for this book is really a 15 star rather than 2 star rating It's not an awful book which is what the 1 star rating is for and makes me wish that we had both half stars and 0 star options and a handful of stories are well worth reading but on the whole this feels like a nice idea that was ineptly executed