Thursday September 18th at 8:00 PM, ChiSeries Peterborough will be having a reading by LGBTQ2 Speculative Fiction authors Tanya Huff, Michael Rowe, and Don Bassingthwaite hosted by Peterborough’s Derek Newman-Stille at Sadleir House, 751 George Street North in Peterborough.
We often focus on realist literature when we think of queer lit, but what about science fiction, fantasy, and horror? Queer-identified Speculative Fiction authors are able to explore the extents of queer identity in other worlds, throughout time and space, among the darkness, and within all of those spaces on the edges of imagination. Queer fiction has been under-represented in science fiction, fantasy, and horror, so lets let our authors imagine queer worlds.
Tanya Huff is the Aurora Award Winning author of The Smoke Books
, The Blood Books
, the Quarters Series
, and the Keeper’s Chronicles
. Her Blood Books
were turned into the television series Blood Ties
. In addition to the Aurora Awards, she has received nominations and made the short list for awards such as the Gaylactic Spectrum award, Locus Awards, and the James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award.
Author photo of Tanya Huff
Michael Rowe is the editor of the anthologies Queer Fear
and Queer Fear 2
as well as being the author of the recent novels Enter, Night
and Wild Fell
. In addition to his speculative work, Michael Rowe is an award winning journalist and has published for the National Post
, The Globe and Mail
, The Huffington Post
, and The Advocate
. He has won the Lambda Literary Award for the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender awards for the year, the Randy Shilts Award for works of non-fiction of relevance to the gay community, and the Gaylactic Spectrum Award and has been a finalist for the Aurora Awards and the Shirley Jackson Award.
Author photo of Michael Rowe
Don Bassingthwaite is the author of several books in the World of Darkness
ethos, and for the Dungeons & Dragons
series, and has published short stories in Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
and Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
Author photo of Don Bassingthwaite
Derek Newman-Stille is a PhD Student in Canadian Studies researching Canadian Speculative Fiction. His review and interview website Speculating Canada
) has won an Aurora Award and he has been a juror for the Sunburst Awards.
Derek Newman-Stille with the Prix Aurora Award, October 6, 2013. Photo credit Dwayne Collins.
From bisexual and lesbian vampires to gay and lesbian wizards to trans ghosts to queer voyagers through space to shape-shifting lovers, the characters created by these LGBTQ2 authors are complex, powerful, and fascinating. Their works explore ideas of homophobic violence, oppression, complex relationships, changes in body, queer futures, ideas of acceptance, and notions of resistance. Prepare to see characters that are far beyond the stereotypes and one-dimensional references to LGBTQ2 people we often see in popular media.