Publisher: Bedside Press
Release Date: September 30, 2016
Received From: Bought from editor’s website
“Love Beyond, Body, Space, and Time” is a collection of indigenous science fiction and urban fantasy focusing on LGBT and two-spirit characters. These stories range from a transgender woman trying an experimental transition medication to young lovers separated through decades and meeting far in their own future. These are stories of machines and magic, love, and self-love.
This collection features prose stories by:
Cherie Dimaline “The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy,” “Red Rooms”
Gwen Benaway “Ceremonies for the Dead”
David Robertson “Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story,” Tales From Big Spirit series
Richard Van Camp “The Lesser Blessed,” “Three Feathers”
Mari Kurisato “Celia’s Song,” “Bent Box”
Nathan Adler “Wrist”
Daniel Heath Justice “The Way of Thorn and Thunder: The Kynship Chronicles”
Darcie Little Badger “Nkásht íí, The Sea Under Texas”
And an introduction by Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair “Manitowapow,” with a foreword by Grace Dillon “Walking the Clouds”.
Edited by Hope Nicholson “Moonshot,” “The Secret Loves of Geek Girls”
GENDER: transgender, cisgender
SEXUALITY: lesbian, gay, homosexual, bisexual
PAIRING: M/M, F/F, M/F, M/NB, F/NB
TROPES: shapeshifting, magical abilities
TAGS: science fiction, fantasy, space, artificial intelligence
WARNINGS: violence, transphobia, queerphobia, mention of rape
The fleeting glimpses of what could be were the only thing that kept him trying, for he knew that there was something beyond the unhappiness of the now.
LOVE BEYOND BODY, SPACE, & TIME is an anthology of short stories from Indigenous writers, and every single one of the stories are lyrical and interesting in their own separate ways. They all give insight into a myriad of different Native cultures and traditions, and highlight the appalling lack of truly representative Native characters. Most Native characters are written by non-Native people, and this collection beautifully shows how amazing Native rep could be. We need more OwnVoices rep, and I hope that this anthology is a good, albeit belated, start in moving towards this.
My favorite stories in the book are: “Legends Are Made, Not Born” by Cherie Dimaline, about a young gay boy who loses his mother as a child and goes to live with his mother’s best friend, who helps him grow into his sexuality and gender; “Impostor Syndrome” by Mari Kurisato, about a trans woman desperate to escape the world she currently lives in, and go to a place where she can be truly herself without fear, worry, or anxiety; and “Valediction at the Star View Motel” by Nathan Adler, about two queer girls who find friendship and a night of passion together.
This anthology was breathtaking, heartbreakingly beautiful, and everyone should pick it up.
Check out this review from Debbie Reese for a Native person’s perspective on the book.
“All great things have greater risks. Sometimes the risk is part of the reason why you should do them.”
Hope Nicholson is the owner of Winnipeg-based publishing Bedside Press. She’s an ardent comics fan passionate about bringing new stories to light, and author of the book “The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen” which shines light on characters forgotten by comics history.