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Yuletide nominations came up so fast this year that I didn't have time to finish (re)reading/watching/listening to all the things I wanted to finish before nominations, so I have set this whole weekend aside to check things out and decide what to nominate. It's just me and Mark O'Brien's poems and N.K. Jemisin's Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and Sleep Dealer and Whale Rider and that vid about how Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki broke up because Steve Nash would be able to fly with Amar'e Stoudemire. (Which was totally my mid-aughts basketball love story involving many sexy assists, but maybe I should nominate the 2007 Warriors team instead? That was a pretty great year, and J-Rich and Baron Davis were just awesome.) Decisions are hard guys.

And because I apparently don't have enough to re-read/watch/listen to (hahaha), I thought I would ask for some recs.

The criteria:
If I'm going to read/watch/listen to it before nominations are over, I need to be able to get it from my local small bookstore or library or netflix, or I need to be able to ahem it. (If it's something awesome that I can't get that way, tell me anyway and I'll see if I can find it before signups. Or I'll put it on next year's list.)

It should be created by chromatic or disabled or queer folks, or include chromatic or disabled or queer characters.

Things I like:
Speculative fiction! I like spaceships and robots and evil computers and good computers and aliens and AUs and space opera and time travel and clones and telepathy.

Stories that think about bodies. I really love it when things like shapeshifting make a difference in how people think about their bodies, or when there's a real sense of bodies moving through space, or double-embodiedness when people are connected to robots by cables, or whatever.

Nifty worldbuilding. And sources get bonus points if there are complicated politics and multiple religions and internal struggles and things.

Apocalypses and post-apocalypses.

Canonically kinky attitudes.

Things I don't like:
Celluloid Closeting. Or the equivalent done to chromatic or disabled characters. Nobody should end up dead or evil.

Vampires. I'm so done with vampires. Also succubi, and most demons, and just generally I'm less interested in supernatural themes.

Srs bzns real-life grittiness. Unless it's on a spaceship.

Heterosexual love and/or babies as the answer to all speculative fiction plot problems. If a book suggests that heterosexual love is going to save the world, or that there's hope for THE FUTURE now, I am likely to throw it across the room. Ditto any book that suggests a return to "natural" gender relations, "natural" states of being human, "natural" politics or whatever.

Date: 2010-10-16 11:25 pm (UTC)
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The Island in the Sea of Time trilogy has a black lesbian heroine.

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