Welcome to my fourth OcTOBLERfest giveaway! This week we’re once again changing things up. Last week, I gave away TWO of E. Catherine Tobler’s books. This week, I’m switching to the short fiction game and giving away an ebook copy of Transcendent: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction.
There are fantastical stories with actual transgender characters, some for whom that is central and others for whom that isn’t. And there are stories without transgender characters, but with metaphors and symbolism in their place, genuine expressions of self through such speculative fiction tropes as shapeshifting and programming. Transgender individuals see themselves in transformative characters, those outsiders, before seeing themselves as human protagonists. Those feelings are still valid. Cisgender people can never quite understand this distancing. But though the stories involve transformation and outsiders, sometimes the change is one of self-realization. This anthology will be a welcome read for those who are ready to transcend gender through the lens of science fiction, fantasy, and other works of imaginative fiction.
Table of Contents:
“The Shape of My Name” by Nino Cipri
“into the waters I rode down” by Jack Hollis Marr
“Everything Beneath You” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
“Contents of Care Package to Etsath-tachri, Formerly Ryan Andrew Curran (Human English Translated to Sedrayin) by Holly Heisey
“The Petals Abide” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
“Treasure Acre” by Everett Maroon
“Splitskin” by E. Catherine Tobler
“The Need for Overwhelming Sensation” by Bogi Takács
“The Scaper’s Muse” by B.R. Sanders
“The Librarian’s Dilemma” by E. Saxey
“Chosen” by Margarita Tenser
“Where Monsters Dance” by A. Merc Rustad
“Be Not Unequally Yolked” by Alexis A. Hunter
“The Thing on the Cheerleading Squad” by Molly Tanzer
“Kin, Painted” by Penny Stirling
As you can see, Elise has a (perfectly fantastic) story in this collection. As does yours truly! And A. Merc Rustad! That entire TOC makes my head swim.
So if you’d like to get your hands on this beautiful collection of stories, edited by K.M. Szpara, simply comment on this post! As always, you get an extra entry if you share this giveaway on Twitter or Facebook (just be sure to tag me–@alexisahunter–or let me know in the comments that you did so; I have to see the post in order to get you that extra entry!).
That’s all for today. Remember you only have until Monday, Oct. 24th at 6PM (EST) to enter.
Happy Octoblerfest to ye!
(P.S: Huge thanks to the ever-talented Tobler for that freaking awesome banner!)