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The prose is literate and incisive, the politics of gay liberation is subjected to intelligent and sympathetic scrutiny, and the devices of SF are made to amplify, shrewedly, the concerns of the GLBT community.

Unusually fine introductions precede this handful of provocative stories by some of our best writers. In these tales the queer future is surely different, yet resonant with legacies from the past.
—Katherine V. Forrest (Katherine V. ForrestKatherine V. Forrest)

A fascinating collection with futures as diverse as the community itself—a pleasure to read.
—Melissa Scott (Melissa ScottMelissa Scott)

This anthology is a perfect example of why Labonté and Schimel are the best anthologists being published today. Diverse voices and stories make this the perfect book for a lazy Saturday afternoon.
—Greg Herron (Greg HerronGreg Herron)

Vancouver's Arsenal Pulp Press, the Little Press That Could, has hit another home run.... This well-edited anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories offers an amazing selection of talent.... The editors have done a wonderful job. The futuristic genre is perfect for giving us perspective on the present world...
—Jim Deva,Publishers Weekly(Jim DevaPublishers Weekly)

A provocative, unusual anthology on an under-explored theme, gender and sexuality in the future.... Standouts include Candas Jane Dorsey's melancholy meditation on pagan sexuality, Rachel Pollack's experimental tale of transcendent transgenderism, and newcomer Diana Churchill's brief reunion of star-crossed lovers.
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As a reader, my imagination was piqued, and that is what sci-fi is supposed to do. This anthology does it quite queerly..... [Rachel Pollack's "The Beatrix Gates"] is a marvelous example of how schi-fi can remythologize the terms of common experience to elucidate and give new and deeper meaning.
—Lambda Book Report(Lambda Bk Rep)

An admirable and necessary collection that spares no political, religious or ideological commentary about an often dark future.
—Matrix magazine(Matrix Magazine)

A satisfying and intriguing look at what is possible for the GLBT community of tomorrow.... Editors Richard Labonte and Lawrence Schimel show a clear respect for the genre and for the talent they pulled together for this one-of-a-kind anthology.
—X Factor(X Factor quote)

By encompassing a variety of forms and styles, this collection offers a tantalizing peek into science fiction from a queer perspective.
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ISBN-10:  1551522098
ISBN-13:  978-1551522098
Author:  Richard Labonte
Publisher:  Arsenal Pulp Press
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Labonte, Richard and Schimel, Lawrence editors, "The Future is Queer", Arsenal Pulp Press. 2006      Amos Lassen and Literary Pride    So much is happening so fast in the world of technology and politics that it is anyone's guess what will happen in the future in terms of gay and lesbian life. We have come very far in the last few years and even though great strides have been made in acceptance and equality there is still a long way to go. Think …
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