If you don’t know, the James Tiptree, Jr Literary Award is given to works of speculative fiction that push the envelope in terms of gender and sexuality. Works that address gender and sexuality in science fiction and fantasy are my definite jam; I regularly sift through the Tiptree recommendation and long lists when in search of something new to read.
So! To be nominated*, much less to find myself on the longlist of this incredible award, for something I wrote is an honor. Massively so.
I saw the announcement on twitter** and was basically like this:
IN ANY CASE, I am in such phenomenal company! If works that explore and expand notions of gender and sexuality through spec fic is also your jam, I very much encourage you to check out the winners, honor list, and long list of this year’s Tiptree Awards. You will totally find something worth reading (or watching!).
CHAMELEON MOON, by RoAnna Sylver, is just wonderful. It’s flown under the radar for far too long, and it’s tough and smart and a celebration of all things queer. It’s got all of the following: a trans woman heroine, so MANY queer love stories of so MANY varieties, an explicitly non-binary character, and more, all of which are totally normal and treated with respect! (full review here)
Foz Meadows’ CORAL BONES is a retelling of The Tempest, but the best thing about is its protagonist: a grown-up, genderqueer Miranda. Miranda’s experience is at once complex and simple, something that she, herself, understands even if the world around her doesn’t. (full review here).
Gender in Benjanun Sriduankaew’s short story “That Which Stands Towards Free Fall” is fascinating, reflective stuff. This story has stuck in my craw for weeks now, specifically the gender (or lack thereof) of the AIs. There’s one that has a gender which she self-determined. There’s many that do not have genders. And there’s another with what, I think, would be best described as a performative gender. It all relates to how the AIs relate to the humans around them, how they’re allowed to relate to the humans around them, which, again, says so much about gender, doesn’t it?
*IT WAS A WHOLE SURPRISE THING WHEN THE COMMITTEE WAS ALL “Send me ur books plz” BECAUSE IT DIDN’T NOMINATE MYSELF.
**AT FIRST I DIDN’T THINK IT WAS REAL BECAUSE THE LIST WAS ANNOUNCED ON APRIL 1ST.