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Wide Open by Deborah CoatesBlack Blade Blues by J. A. PittsHoneyed Words by J. A. PittsForged in Fire by J. A. Pitts
Blood Song by Cat AdamsSiren Song by Cat AdamsDemon Song by Cat AdamsThe Isis Collar by Cat Adams
Lady Lazarus by Michele LangDark Victory by Michele LangSilver by Rhiannon HeldRoyal Street by Suzanne Johnson
Indigo Springs by A. M. DellamonicaBlue Magic by A. M. Dellamonica

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Bending Genre, Bending Gender

Blue Magic by A. M. Dellamonica

Written by A. M. Dellamonica

Sometimes speculative fiction can tell you who you are.

In 1996, Circlet Press and editor Cecilia Tan brought out Genderflex: Sexy Stories on the Edge and In Between, an anthology whose stories were specifically geared to exploring the gender fluidity, of breaking down the one-two binary of male *or* female, of exploring the other, the both, the in-between. Before reading the book, I’m not sure I ever would have said there was anything about my gender that was all that complicated. Afterward, I realized that in some of those stories were picture-perfect versions of myself.

It wasn’t lifeshattering. The look in the mirror that is fiction didn’t even change much for me at the time. That part of my life was remarkably in balance, even if I was somewhat clueless about it. Even so, Genderflex kicked me into a gentle forward motion. It was an early step on the journey that led to me identifying, today, as bigendered.

It’s easy to decry the lack of queer and genderqueer characters in SF. We all want that chance to see ourselves in stories, and there can never be enough of those moments. But, honestly, I think science fiction and fantasy do a better job than many genres of exploring the male-female binary and alternatives to it. I can recall a James Patrick Kelly story, “Lovestory,” with aliens whose sexes were divided into male, nursing parent, and the ones who bore the kids. Recently in her novel Undertow, Elizabeth Bear created a race of amphibians with no gender at all.

But aliens put us at light-years distance from the day to day experience of genderqueer folk (while literary fiction, in my experience, often shoves it all too directly in your face.) I’m not sure there are a lot of ordinary but transgendered humans in SF, and this is something I tackled head-on in Blue Magic.

In the world I created in Blue Magic’s predecessor, Indigo Springs, one of the characters has proclaimed an Age of Miracles. Another—a middle aged guy who’s lived his entire life in denial about being in a woman’s body—gets a miraculous opportunity, late in the book, to change his sex. Immediately, in an instant, he’s the man he’s always—and never—been.

Gender transition in the here and now is a complex process with a lot of involvement from the medical system: you usually need a psychological diagnosis, for one thing, and this allows you access to hormone prescriptions and one or more surgeries. There are a lot of hoops to be jumped and hazards and obstacles aplenty… and all that only comes if you live in a part of the world where the mere suggestion that your gender and your body might not be in alignment won’t get you ostracized or killed.

In Blue Magic, with Ev Lethewood, I wanted to take doctors and psychiatrists out of the equation, and deal with gender transition as if it were as simple as throwing a switch, buying new clothes, and asking yourself: now that I’m really me, what do I do?

If this storyline can do for even one person what Genderflex did for me, I’d be thrilled beyond words.

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#TorChat April 2012 Sweepstakes

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This month, #TorChat is celebrating the start of warmer weather by talking about a hot genre: urban fantasy! Joining us on April 18th from 4 to 5 PM EST are Suzanne Johnson, Deborah Coates, and A. M. Dellamonica, to talk about urban fantasy, magic, and some kick-butt heroines!

Tor Books (@torbooks) is thrilled to announce the April #TorChat, part of a monthly series of genre-themed, hour-long chats created by Tor Books and hosted on Twitter.

Spring is well and truly here as we get into April! The days are getting warmer, and the books are getting hotter. To celebrate, we’re talking with three amazing authors about the urban fantasy genre and the amazing heroines that populate their worlds. Our special guests this month are Suzanne Johnson (@suzanne_johnson), the debut author of Royal Street, about a junior wizard sentinel in a New Orleans recently devastated by Hurricane Katrina; Deborah Coates (@debcoates), the debut author of Wide Open, about an army veteran who comes home from Afghanistan for her sister’s funeral, and is greeted at the airport by her sister’s ghost; and A. M. Dellamonica (@alyxdellamonica), the author of Blue Magic, a powerful story of private lives changed by earthshaking events and magic. These incredible rising stars of the urban fantasy world will discuss their books, magic, and the popularity of the urban fantasy genre.

The chat will be loosely moderated by Tor/Forge Digital Marketing Manager Cassandra Ammerman (@leanoir), and fans are invited to follow or join in using the Twitter hashtag #TorChat!

About the Authors

  • Suzanne Johnson (@suzanne_johnson) is a magazine editor and feature writer with more than fifty national writing and editing awards. A longtime New Orleans resident, she helped rebuild for two years after Hurricane Katrina. She now lives in Alabama. Royal Street, published April 10th, is her first novel.
  • Deborah Coates (@debcoates) lives in Iowa and works for Iowa State University. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s and Strange Horizons, as well as Year’s Best Fantasy 6, Best Paranormal Romance, and Best American Fantasy. Wide Open, which published in March, is her first novel.
  • A. M. Dellamonica (@alyxdellamonica) is the author of Indigo Springs, which won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Realms of Fantasy, Sci-Fiction and Strange Horizons, and in numerous anthologies; her 2005 alternate-history Joan of Arc story, “A Key to the Illuminated Heretic,” was short-listed for the Sideways Award and the Nebula Award. Blue Magic is her latest novel, published on April 10th. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

About #Torchat
#TorChat is a genre-themed, hour-long chat series created by Tor Books and hosted on Twitter. Guest authors join fans in lively, informative and entertaining discussions of all that’s hot in genre fiction, 140 characters at a time, from 4 – 5 PM EST on the third Wednesday of every month. Each #TorChat revolves around a different genre topic of interest, often of a timely nature, and strives to provide a new media opportunity for readers to connect with their favorite authors.

About Tor Books
Tor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, is a New York-based publisher of hardcover and softcover books. Founded in 1980, Tor annually publishes what is arguably the largest and most diverse line of science fiction and fantasy ever produced by a single English-language publisher. In 2002, Tor launched Starscape, an imprint dedicated to publishing quality science fiction and fantasy for young readers, including books by critically acclaimed and award winning authors such as Cory Doctorow, Orson Scott Card, and David Lubar. Between an extensive hardcover and trade-softcover line, an Orb backlist program, and a stronghold in mass-market paperbacks, books from Tor have won every major award in the SF and fantasy fields, and has been named Best Publisher 24 years in a row in the Locus Poll, the largest consumer poll in SF.

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Blue Magic by A.M. DellamonicaCrysanthe by Yves MeynardGlamour in Glass by Mary Robinette KowalRange of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear Royal Street by Suzanne JohnsonSongs of the Earth by Elspeth CooperTouchstone by Melanie RawnWide Open by Deborah Coates

About our newsletter: every issue of Tor’s monthly email newsletter features original writing by, and interviews with, Tor authors and editors about upcoming new titles from all Tor and Forge imprints. In addition, we occasionally send out “special edition” newsletters to highlight particularly exciting new projects, programs, or events.

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