Transcendent : The Year's Best Transgender Speculative Fiction
by K. M. Szpara

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  • ISBN-13: 9781590216170
  • ISBN-10: 1590216172
  • Publisher: Lethe Press
  • Publish Date: September 2016
  • Page Count: 206
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.47 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.68 pounds

Series: Transcendent #1

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Books > Fiction > Science Fiction - General
Books > Fiction > Fantasy - Collections & Anthologies
Books > Fiction > Anthologies (multiple authors)

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-09-05
  • Reviewer: Staff

First-time editor Szpara shoots the death-obsessed conventions of transgender narratives into space with this splendid collection of 15 speculative works by trans authors, starring trans characters, and/or featuring themes of transformation, placing genders many permutations under a warm and welcoming spotlight. Beginning with Nino Cipris The Shape of My Name, a nonlinear, barely binary tale of coming out via time travel, and ending with Penny Stirlings Kin, Painted, a search for self through paint and myriad gender identities, Szpara stitches together a collection that feels like a cozy blanket for trans readers who long for inclusive fiction (and for cis readers who may well wonder why theres so much gender-essentialism in everyday SF/F). Though some of the works are either a little overwrought or a touch underdone, the breadth of voices is dazzling, and many stories are outstanding; highlights include Alexis A. Hunters Be Not Unequally Yoked, about an Amish boy learning to live with the mare who literally lives inside him; A. Merc Rustads Where Monsters Dance, in which a cis woman rescues her trans girlfriend from a fairy tale gone wrong; and Molly Tanzers The Thing on the Cheerleading Squad, a foray into gender-twisting Lovecraftian horror. This is a timely (which is to say long overdue), wide-ranging, and highly enjoyable collection. (Oct.)

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