The James Tiptree Jr. Award winner and honor list has been announced. The award is an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender. The award is named for Alice B. Sheldon, who wrote under the pseudonym James Tiptree, Jr. By her impulsive choice of a masculine pen name, Sheldon helped break down the imaginary barrier between “women’s writing” and “men’s writing.”
The New Mother
by Eugene Fischer
This novella is also a finalist for the (2016) Nebula Awards. The attention and the honors are well deserved: not only this is an enjoyable story, but it is also one of those stories you keep thinking about long after you finish reading it, because of the hard to answer questions it raises.
The premise of the story is quite interesting: what if a new pathogen changes the affected humans making their gametes diploid, de-facto making male sterile, and female able to give birth to their clones without any need for fertilization? The novella focuses on people reaction, on the social and political implications. In doing so, it also explores gender issues in our society.
I strongly recommended it to everybody, even to people that are not sci-fi fans.
This was published in Asimov’s Science Fiction (April-May 2016 Issue): [Amazon (paper)] [Kobo (digital)]
by Pat Schmatz
Fifteen-year-old bender Kivali has had a rough time in a gender-rigid culture. Abandoned as a baby and raised by Sheila, an ardent nonconformist, Kivali has always been surrounded by uncertainty. Where did she come from? Is it true what Sheila says, that she was deposited on Earth by the mysterious saurians? What are you? people ask, and Kivali isn’t sure. Boy/girl? Human/lizard? Both/neither? Now she’s in CropCamp, with all of its schedules and regs, and the first real friends she’s ever had. Strange occurrences and complicated relationships raise questions Kivali has never before had to consider. But she has a gift—the power to enter a trancelike state to harness the “knowings” inside her. She has Lizard Radio. Will it be enough to save her? A coming-of-age story rich in friendships and the shattering emotions of first love, this deeply felt novel will resonate with teens just emerging as adults in a sometimes
The shape of my name
by Nino Cipri
An adroitly crafted and powerful story about family, time travel, and transitioning. The various themes are perfectly woven together and every scene fit into the story like a perfect tile of a beautiful mosaic.
It is impossible to say more without spoiling the story, I will just say that is, by far, one of the best short stories I have read this year.
Available on-line: [Tor.com]
by Susan Jane Bigelow
Sarah tells herself she should be happy: she has a job, a loving mother, and a wonderful girlfriend. Still, something is missing in her life: a child. She does have a child in her dreams though, he is Brandon, a 6 years old, with blond hairs, that loves dinosaurs. In this dream word she did not had to transition, she was born with a female body, and her name was June. But is this parallel reality really just a dream?
Available on-line: [Strange Horizons]
The Only Ones
by Carola Dibbell
Off to Far Ithicaa, ODY-C Vol. 1,
Matt Fraction, Christian Ward
A Crown for Cold Silver, Crimson Empire Book 1,
by Alex Marshall
Each to Each,
by Seanan McGuire
(Lightspeed, USA, 2014)
How to Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps,
by A Merc Rustad
Available on-line: [SciGenTasy]
All that Outer Space Allows, Apollo Quartet 4,
by Ian Sales
Beyond: the queer sci-fi and fantasy comic anthology,
Taneka Stotts, Sfe Monster (eds.)
Buy: [Beyond Press]
by Rebecca Sugar
by Catherynne M. Valente