The Future is Queer: A Science Fiction Anthology
by Richard Labonte
Review by Cathy Green
Arsenal Pulp Press Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 1551522098
Date: 01 November, 2006 List Price $17.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
The Future Is Queer, edited by Richard Labonte and Lawrence Schimel, collects eight stories dealing with gay, lesbian and transgender identity. The collection features one very well known author, Neil Gaiman, collaborating with artist Bryan Talbot (The Tale of One Bad Rat, Luther Arkwright) and seven less well known authors with L. Timmel Duchamp and Rachel Pollack being the best known of the rest. This should in no way be considered a negative, as one of the reasons for buying anthologies or year's best collections is to read authors with which one was previously unfamiliar. Hopefully this anthology will give some of the authors the wider audience they deserve. From official release/information:
Book Description: In a world increasingly complicated by questionable technologies and factional politics, what does the future hold for gays, lesbians, and transgenders? In this anthology, the first of its kind in over ten years, provocative stories and comics posit a queer future of limitless possibilities, covering issues like cloning, gene manipulation, and gender assignment. It includes contributions from best-selling author and comic book creator Neil Gaiman (Anansi Boys, The Sandman), World Fantasy Award-winner Rachel Pollack, and cult UK comic artist Bryan Talbot.
(Source: Arsenal Pulp Press)