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Jun 11, 2012 03:30PM

28965 Charming wrote: Heh. I love Galaxy Quest, but found Buckaroo Banzai almost unwatchable."

Buckaroo Banzai can be very funny if you're in the right frame of mind when you watch it, but it's also true that humor is very personal. For example, I never found the old slapstick comedies to be funny.
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Jun 11, 2012 03:20PM

28965 Charming wrote: "Do you like it? I have hesitated because it sounds like it might be a little melancholy."

Yes, I do like The Man Who Folded Himself, because I think it's well written and does a good job of exploring aspects of time travel that don't usually get considered. You're right that there is a certain melancholy aspect to the story, but I didn't think it diminished the experience. It remains one of the most memorable time travel stories I've read.
Jun 09, 2012 05:40PM

28965 Yes, Buckaroo Banzai is terrific, in a completely different style of humor. We can all rest easier knowing that Dr. Banzai is keeping watch. And fortunately, the ranks of his helpers should be growing soon. Here's an excerpt from a press release about an upcoming role-playing game:
Adamant Entertainment, in association with the Banzai Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Strategic Information, has entered into a license agreement by which Adamant will be producing the Buckaroo Banzai Adventure Game — a training manual for Blue Blaze Irregulars which uses the format of a tabletop role-playing game in order to prepare BBI recruits for the sorts of situations in which they may find themselves while aiding Buckaroo.
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"Buckaroo’s on sabbatical in the lamasery in Kathmandu,” said Reno Nevada, the Banzai Institute’s director of merchandising, and tenor saxophone for the Hong Kong Cavaliers, “But he’s pleased as punch about the Adventure Game. We’ve discussed the need for a training manual for the Blue Blaze Irregulars, outside of Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and The Hagakure. So yeah, Thumbs Up from Buckaroo, and from us here at the Institute."

You can read the full press release here if you're interested.
Time Travel (20 new)
Jun 09, 2012 07:27AM

28965 The Man Who Folded Himself by David Gerrold is another classic time travel story with a gay protagonist. It's a novella, and is now available for $2.99 at Amazon in Kindle format. (I haven't checked to see if it's available in other ebook formats.)
Jun 08, 2012 06:52PM

28965 Today is release day for Sex Rites, the final novel in my "Pledged to Magic" trilogy. Science fiction is much more prominent in this book than in the first two parts of the trilogy.

Sex Rites (Pledged to Magic, #3)

Don't be too alarmed by the title, though the novel does contain explicit sex. The novel's first publisher was marketing to gay men and thought the title needed to put sex in the spotlight. The story is really focused on the characters, including a major new character. Like the first two books in the series, it has been heavily revised for the new edition.

While I'm here, I'll veer off topic and mention that anyone who hasn't seen the movie Galaxy Quest should give it a look. We watched it again last night and still enjoyed it a lot. It's especially entertaining if you were ever a Star Trek geek.

PS on 6/11/12: I should have mentioned that a blurb and an excerpt from Sex Rites can be found here. You can also get it at stores like Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble if you are interested.
May 23, 2012 04:12PM

28965 I don't want to say anything that might be a spoiler for those still reading the book, but it's safe to say that I loved how politics was woven into the story. It made the events resonate with some of the craziness we're now seeing in reaction to LGBT progress. The humor and lively pace also made the book a joy to read. I'm looking forward to the sequels.
Apr 04, 2012 02:03PM

28965 Wow, that is a truly wonderful picture. Here's hoping J.J. Abrams is willing to include at least a little gay visibility in the next Star Trek movie.
Feb 13, 2012 08:05AM

28965 Charming is right, the cover for Gravitational Attraction is beautiful. The cover alone pulls this novel onto my TBR list.
Feb 12, 2012 07:04AM

28965 "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." (Arthur C. Clarke)

I mention this because my newly released novel, Apprenticed to Pleasure, reads like a fantasy novel with a lot of M/M romance and sex. That said, it is a science fiction novel, as revealed in the third book of the trilogy.

This is a substantially revised edition of the earlier novel, and is available in both ebook and paperback formats. The Kindle version can be purchased at Amazon.com and all ebook formats are available at the Dreamspinner Press web site and other web sites. There's also a blurb and a long excerpt at the Dreamspinner Press web site, if you'd like to sample the novel's flavor.
Feb 01, 2012 02:52PM

28965 Kernos wrote: "Anyone like SF slash?"

Well, I'll admit that Max and Kyle (from Roswell) getting involved has crossed my mind a time or two. :) There are some Max/Kyle stories out there, if you look for them.
Jan 31, 2012 07:59AM

28965 For me, having one or more significant gay characters is enough. So much the better if there's a gay romantic subplot. I'm happy with SF novels where being gay is fully accepted by society and not an issue that has to be reflected in the plot. One qualification: major gay characters don't make it a gay novel if the author made them gay just to illustrate how evil they are. That used to happen in SF novels from years past, and I wouldn't be surprised if it still happens in novels from certain conservative presses.
Great M/M Scifi! (49 new)
Jan 27, 2012 07:55PM

28965 Jamie wrote: "Will the re-issues be revised/updated?"

Yes, all three novels have been heavily revised. There is also a new opening chapter for the second book in the trilogy. Not to mention excellent new covers created by Catt Ford for Dreamspinner Press. (You can see the first of the new covers here). I think the new editions are a very big improvement over the original editions.
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Jan 27, 2012 06:07PM

28965 I don't have release dates yet for the second and third books in the "Pledged to Magic" trilogy, but I'm guessing it's likely to be about 3 months between releases. I'm making this estimate based on the editing schedule for book number 2. But I'll let you know when I have a firm date.

Thanks for your comments on The Finder. I'm always happy to hear when someone enjoys it.
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Jan 26, 2012 08:06PM

28965 I was looking at my bookshelves and spotted three David Gerrold novels that several folks in this group might like a lot. I have each volume in a separate hardcover, but they are also available in an omnibus edition at a very good price: The Far Side Of The Sky: Jumping Off The Planet ; Bouncing Off The Moon ; Leaping To The Stars. If you'd like to see a nice piece of cover art, take a look at the cover for the original hardcover edition of Jumping Off the Planet. The gay character in this trilogy is the guy in the foreground. The guy in the background is his younger brother. You can see a big version of the picture at Amazon.com. Be sure to click on Amazon's thumbnail image.

These novels reminded me a lot of Robert Heinlein. With a strong dash of Arthur C. Clarke. There is a lot of very interesting talk about the science of what is happening, a fair amount of political intrigue and social commentary, and plenty of action. A gay character plays a major role and has a romantic involvement, but there are no intimate scenes. These novels are a good fit for people who want traditional SF that happens to have positive gay characters (and no sex).

While I'm here, I'll take the liberty of mentioning that one of my earlier novels is about to be re-issued by Dreamspinner Press. It's the first part of a trilogy and it actually does have a science fiction angle, although it reads like sword and sorcery. The science fiction aspect isn't revealed until the third book of the trilogy. Unlike the David Gerrold books, Apprenticed to Pleasure has lots of sex in addition to the adventure. The release date is February 10, it will be in paperback and e-book, and (in case anyone is interested) the first twenty paperback copies sold from the Dreamspinner Press website will be autographed. There's a long excerpt at the Dreamspinner Press website if you want to see what it's like. Dreamspinner will be re-issuing the rest of the trilogy soon. (End of plug.)
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Dec 23, 2011 07:24PM

28965 Graham wrote: This book is wonderful - everything I have been looking for in serious SF with a gay character.

I'm glad you liked China Mountain Zhang. I was nervous about mentioning it since it's not to everyone's taste, but you're right that there aren't many novels like it. You might want to also try On Wings of Song by Thomas M. Disch. The protagonist is more bi than gay, but it's very well written and has an interesting SF plot. And of course Thomas Disch was gay.
28965 I usually buy the Kindle edition to read on a Kindle 3G, but still buy paper editions if they are a better deal. For example, I see that Amazon is currently selling the high quality trade paperback edition of Wraeththu for $8.80. If I was just now shopping for this book, that's the version I'd buy. (It's the version I did buy, though I didn't get it at that price.) And I'll often buy used hardcover copies of a book when they are considerably less expensive than the Kindle version. As a general rule, it seems that ebook pricing from small presses is much more reasonable than ebook pricing from the big publishers. Here's what I like about the Kindle 3G: (1) reasonable price; (2) very clear text; (3) long battery life; and (4) excellent portability.
Dec 11, 2011 11:11AM

28965 My top pick would probably be Kirith Kirin by Jim Grimsley, for the depth and richness of the fictional world and the beautiful writing. (And yes, it is SF, though that doesn't become clear until the second and third books in the trilogy.) I'm also a big fan of Storm Constantine's Wraeththu trilogy. It's gay with a twist, though I don't want to give the twist away in case some of you haven't read it yet. Finally, I am still impressed by Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand by Samuel Delaney. The amount of imagination in that book is amazing.
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Nov 14, 2011 07:01PM

28965 I just finished reading the Kindle edition of Kirith Kirin, and was interested to see the note about an upcoming massively multiplayer online role playing game based on this book and its two sequels. You can read more about it at the South Pole Entertainment web site. Jim Grimsley is involved with the project. Okay, this is a little bit off topic, but it's big news for Kirith Kirin fans. Reading the novel again reminded me how incredible it is.
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Oct 02, 2011 01:14PM

28965 Christopher and His Kind also contains a great Isherwood quote: "All right, we've heard your liberty speech. Does that include us or doesn't it?" He would ask every politician this question after listening to speeches going on about freedom and liberty. As Isherwood was very aware, a lot of politicians didn't (and still don't) think these concepts have much application to LGBT folks. (Isherwood was writing at a time when some U.S. jurisdictions would arrest and prosecute people even for meeting in private to discuss the pursuit of gay rights, which at that time meant de-criminalizing same-gender sex. It was viewed by authorities as conspiring to promote criminal behavior.)

And just to make sure I mention a gay-oriented SF novel, I recommend China Mountain Zhang by Maureen McHugh. It has a gay protagonist and won a bunch of awards. It's a good choice if you're looking for gay SF without much romance or sex. (PS: Some of the reviews at Goodreads are problematic, since they contain spoilers with no advance warning.)
Sep 30, 2011 12:51PM

28965 Another thread recently reminded me of the book Quarrelling, They Met the Dragon by Sharon Baker. It's an older novel (1984) but as I recall there was some good M/M tension happening as well as an interesting plot. The society where the action takes place treats tall people as a different class than short people, a pretty clear metaphor for racial distinctions in our society. Tall Guy and Short Guy are drawn to each other but class differences cause problems. This novel shows up on several LGBT reading lists.

Not available as an ebook, but Amazon has used paperbacks at low prices.
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