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Lightspeed was founded on the core idea that all science fiction is real science fiction and that science fiction is vast. It is inclusive. Science fiction is about people, and queer people, no matter how they identify, are a big part of that. They always have been. They're just sometimes harder to see. So, in the interests of visibility, Queers Destroy Science Fiction! sh Lightspeed was founded on the core idea that all science fiction is real science fiction and that science fiction is vast. It is inclusive. Science fiction is about people, and queer people, no matter how they identify, are a big part of that. They always have been. They're just sometimes harder to see. So, in the interests of visibility, Queers Destroy Science Fiction! shows just how wide the spectrum of sexuality and gender identity can really be.This special issue features original science fiction short stories from John Chu, Kate M. Galey, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Chaz Brenchley, Felicia Davin, Rose Lemberg, Jessica Yang, K. M. Szpara, Amal El-Mohtar, Tim Susman, and Susan Jane Bigelow. Plus, it includes original flash fiction from E. Saxey, Charles Payseur, Claudine Griggs, Stephen Cox, Eliza Gauger, Erica L. Satifka, Gabrielle Friesen, Nicasio Andres Reed, Shannon Peavey, Sarah Pinsker, Bogi Takacs, and JY Yang, as well as reprints by RJ Edwards, AMJ Hudson, Raven Kaldera, Rand B. Lee, and Geoff Ryman.


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Lightspeed was founded on the core idea that all science fiction is real science fiction and that science fiction is vast. It is inclusive. Science fiction is about people, and queer people, no matter how they identify, are a big part of that. They always have been. They're just sometimes harder to see. So, in the interests of visibility, Queers Destroy Science Fiction! sh Lightspeed was founded on the core idea that all science fiction is real science fiction and that science fiction is vast. It is inclusive. Science fiction is about people, and queer people, no matter how they identify, are a big part of that. They always have been. They're just sometimes harder to see. So, in the interests of visibility, Queers Destroy Science Fiction! shows just how wide the spectrum of sexuality and gender identity can really be.This special issue features original science fiction short stories from John Chu, Kate M. Galey, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Chaz Brenchley, Felicia Davin, Rose Lemberg, Jessica Yang, K. M. Szpara, Amal El-Mohtar, Tim Susman, and Susan Jane Bigelow. Plus, it includes original flash fiction from E. Saxey, Charles Payseur, Claudine Griggs, Stephen Cox, Eliza Gauger, Erica L. Satifka, Gabrielle Friesen, Nicasio Andres Reed, Shannon Peavey, Sarah Pinsker, Bogi Takacs, and JY Yang, as well as reprints by RJ Edwards, AMJ Hudson, Raven Kaldera, Rand B. Lee, and Geoff Ryman.

30 review for Queers Destroy Science Fiction!: Lightspeed Magazine Special Issue; The Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    'Nathan Burgoine

    Overall impression: a couple of mis-matches among the audio performers and the story they were performing sometimes left for an odd disconnect twice, but overall I did find the collection really, really strong. I also found it really, really dark, grim, and at times so depressing I walked away from it to listen to other things for a while. That's not to say it's not great (it is), just that my mood in winter couldn't sustain more and more of these stories where the "victory" (if there was one) w Overall impression: a couple of mis-matches among the audio performers and the story they were performing sometimes left for an odd disconnect twice, but overall I did find the collection really, really strong. I also found it really, really dark, grim, and at times so depressing I walked away from it to listen to other things for a while. That's not to say it's not great (it is), just that my mood in winter couldn't sustain more and more of these stories where the "victory" (if there was one) was so often with an admixture of loss/settling-for-less/holding-on-to-scraps. I loved seeing all this queerness, but after listening to it, I really, really want there to be another collection: Queers Destroy Solarpunk or something. I'll be reviewing some of the stories as part of my ongoing "Sunday Shorts" series on my blog, so if you'd like to see thoughts on any particular story, that's where they'll be showing up throughout the year (that link will take you to these stories in particular).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ellana Thornton-Wheybrew

    Simply perfect to listen to, and proof that representation does not have to be a challenge

  3. 5 out of 5

    jasminks

    I listened to this a bit half-heartedly and feel like I should re-read some of the stories to say anything profound (or much of anything at all) about them. I find it similarly difficult to say a whole lot of the entirety of this anthology as such because the individual stories were so different! The majority of them were ok, albeit a bit on the gloomy side, and then there were some gems and some meh ones - as could be expected, I guess. But if anything, kudos to this collection for the queernes I listened to this a bit half-heartedly and feel like I should re-read some of the stories to say anything profound (or much of anything at all) about them. I find it similarly difficult to say a whole lot of the entirety of this anthology as such because the individual stories were so different! The majority of them were ok, albeit a bit on the gloomy side, and then there were some gems and some meh ones - as could be expected, I guess. But if anything, kudos to this collection for the queerness! 🤩 This reading experience, once again and at the expense of repeating myself, goes to prove that to me, most of the stories were just too short and fast (pheww gaaahh lol for the flash fiction ones 😅) for me to really get into. So this just added to the now well established preference of mine for longer, slower pace plot lines and in-depth character development. These mini tales, not so much my thing. But as said, I really liked a few of the stories anyway, especially Plant Children (by Jessica Yang), Nothing is Pixels Here (by K.M. Szpara) and Madeleine (by Amal El-Mohtar) and also Bucket List Found in the Locker of Maddie Price, Age 14, Written Two Weeks Before the Great Uplifting of All Mankind (by Erica L. Satifka), to mention a few. This audiobook also made me contemplate my likes/dislikes as for audiobooks in general and my preferences for the readers/voices in particular, the assortment of narrators being rather wide in this one. I'm not sure of all the whys exactly, but I find myself favouring supposedly female voices a great deal, so much so that it clearly affects my concentration from the very first words. An upside with this audiobook was that for once, the TOC seemed logical as in this case it was arranged simply based on the individual stories so that you could easily navigate from one to the next - the general length of the stories being around 30 minutes and the flash fiction ones just 5 minutes or less each of course would have made it easy to organize it so.. For the same reason, the lack of visible structure (chapters, subheadings or any clearer indication of who is speaking) wasn’t as big a problem as usually. So for this format, the audio worked quite well all in all. But I’m starting to wonder if audiobooks in general really aren’t so much my cup of tea.. I prefer things visual and each page tangibly turnable and I enjoy imagining voices for the characters myself more than them having been given one(s) by someone (virtually random) else. But yeah. Hard to give this just one overall rating. I think I'd rate each story individually somewhere on the scale from 2 to 4 stars, so I'd say 3 for the collection, then.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    This is a great collection of stories, ideally suited to audiobook in my view. I immersed myself in the worlds created here. Pretty much all the stories were good, and some were excellent. I found it difficult to work out who wrote what because there was no list with the audiobook, which is a real shame as it makes it hard to follow up the particularly interesting stories to read something else by the writers. Ir to be specific about recommendations here. If I ever find a full list, I may edit t This is a great collection of stories, ideally suited to audiobook in my view. I immersed myself in the worlds created here. Pretty much all the stories were good, and some were excellent. I found it difficult to work out who wrote what because there was no list with the audiobook, which is a real shame as it makes it hard to follow up the particularly interesting stories to read something else by the writers. Ir to be specific about recommendations here. If I ever find a full list, I may edit this to add my faves. The narration was also very good. I recognised a couple of readers from other SF stuff I had listened to, which helped transport me to other universes or worlds, or simply other ways of being.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dorkthropology

    Some good, some meh, maybe one I'd call bad. Some of the short ones I want to reread to see how they do so much in so little time. As I was extremely annoyed by 2 of the readers (why were women chosen to read both stories about trans men?), that overshadowed a lot. May try reading instead of listening and see how that goes. Some good, some meh, maybe one I'd call bad. Some of the short ones I want to reread to see how they do so much in so little time. As I was extremely annoyed by 2 of the readers (why were women chosen to read both stories about trans men?), that overshadowed a lot. May try reading instead of listening and see how that goes.

  6. 5 out of 5

    S.S.

    This was a nice collection of sci-fi stories which highlights a good diversity of orientations. It is nice to see such a range (especially for someone like me who is in the LGBTQ+ community myself.) I enjoyed a lot of the stories and will be listening to this again!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rhonadin

    Every story in this collection is amazing!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Solveig

    Enjoyed it! Some fantastic stories, and on average - very enjoyable.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marcin Zwierzchowski

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tabitha

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tory

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amy Jesionowski

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lilith

  14. 5 out of 5

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    Aubri

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rook McNamara

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kirstie

  18. 4 out of 5

    Janise Bennett

  19. 5 out of 5

    Meh

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ro Rose

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ladymidnight

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy

  23. 4 out of 5

    Deathburst

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rivulet027

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joe

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rose

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alicja

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alex

  30. 5 out of 5

    Suzi Mereille

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