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Wilde Stories 2010: The Year's Best Gay Speculative Fiction

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Resisting pressure to select only LGBT authors' work, Berman compiles a state-of-the-art anthology of sf and fantasy with LGBT protagonists that scores few political points but pretty consistently entertains. Oh, the shortest entries wear out their welcomes … see full wiki

Author: Richard Bowes
Publisher: Lethe Press
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Always a Good Read

  • Aug 19, 2010
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Berman, Steve, ed. "Wilde Stories 2010", Lethe Press, 2010.

Always a Great Read
Amos Lassen

I look forward every year to Lethe Press's "Wilde Stories" and this year's collection does not disappoint. This is a collection of 12 speculative short stories and each is a good read. I especially like the introduction where editor Berman takes the Lambda Literary Foundation to task because he believes that they have misplaced their priorities in the way that look at storytellers and he goes on to state that a person's sexual orientation is not relevant to the ability to tell a story. It is the story that matters and not the teller. Berman then goes on to give us the stories. I am not going to summarize all of the stories but I will concentrate just a few. That does not mean that I have favorites but that I want you to have the opportunity to judge for yourself.
Jameson Currier never fails to please and his '"Death In Amsterdam," while not as speculative as the other stories is a fascination look at how Muslims in Amsterdam choose to use violence against gay men and to what extent they do this. We have always thought of Amsterdam as being an Eden for gays but Currier lets us know that there is trouble in paradise. I have always considered Currier to be one of the most dynamic gay writers and he proves that once again with this story.

"Barbaric Splendor" by Simon Sheppard is set in 1640 and a crew is shipwrecked on the shore of Xanadu, the same place where the Khan's palace is. Sheppard has always been one of my favorite short story writers and here he pleases as usual in this story that reads like a ship's log and we see the Nordic narrator compromise how he feels about sodomy.
Another writer that never fails to hold my interest is Tom Cardamore and in "The Sphinx Next Door" is a wonderful read about mail that goes to the wrong place.
Other authors include Laird Barron, Ben Francisco, Richard Bowes, Tanith Lee (writing as Judas Garbah), Georgina Li, Joel Lane, Elizabeth Hand and Rhys Hughes. Notably not included is Berman, the editor but I suppose he had his hands full putting together this excellent anthology.

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