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447 pages, Paperback
First published September 5, 2017
"They don't score people! That's a conspiracy theory," the 96 laughed.The graphic trans sex isn't even the point of this brief dystopian fantasy.
Was she maybe on that drug, bath salts?The problem wasn't bath salts at all, of course.
Before Beryl could react, Bath Salts attacked her like a wild animal.
Being human is overrated.Oh, and one pro tip for the adults in the room: .
"You should do what I did after I came out and move two thousand miles away. Does wonders for the mental health."—and—
I don't know what they learned while they were here. I don't think they really learned anything.Between these two quotes, I think you'll catch the flavor of this story about an enigmatic alien visitor.
Lily is the kind who fancies herself the nerd in the couple even when they're both nerds in the couple. "Firefly, sure, but let's talk Farscape!"Also gets points from me for name-checking Imogen Binnie (see below).
You could not have a body without a mind, and you could not have two minds in one body. She wasn't sure if those restrictions were legal or technical, but that's what they said in the training.
All we needed to tear the human sex binary a new one was advanced 3D tissue printers, six months of scans, and an intense pharmaceutical regimen supplementing two full-day operations. Not quite as easy as in an internet magical forced feminization story, but still, she'd made it through enough surgeries and could make it through more, if that's what it would take.
Turns out people are a lot easier to rape than machines.
I can remember my parents grumbling, in the distant past, about being forced to think of themselves as part of a larger whole than they'd previously considered possible.
I began waking up in the middle of the night from dreams where my sisters hated me or loved me for reasons I hated.
Yes, you are smart and funny and weird and have great music chops, but so do most of my other half dozen lovers between Cybertopia and Cyberopolis.Lamb turns this one up 'way past 11.
I cannot tell what her plants feel because using words has distanced me from them.
Human-identified love relationships are pleasing. We learn about intimate behavior from our partners and that's beneficial. But they do not seem mutual.Take your pick... freedom of choice is not always a luxury.
There were three Bogarts but only two Bacalls tonight. Some unlucky Bogie would be going home alone, unless they were all feeling adventurous.Later on,
Sylvia had gone to one of their social events and by the fourth time she heard the word "problematic" she made an excuse and left.
Now, of course, you're probably thinking, isn't she a Matchmaker, don't most Matchmakers feel bubbly and joyful about connecting people in love, etc. Truth is, while I take great pride in my abilities, sometimes people just get on my fucking nerves.
Quaint is a word for people who don't have knives.—and—
I will bleed on anybody who disagrees with me.
Imagine having that information while you were digging yourself the twin ruts of male-coded videogaming and shame that you'd spend the rest of your life trying to dig your way out of.I liked Binnie's novel Nevada when I read it back in 2013, too.
With the money she'd embezzled from her cat, Viola bought a mid-market warp drive kit and started to construct her spaceship.Although "Angels" succumbs to self-parody midway through by hypering every hyperthing to the hyper-degree, its ending hits a positive (but not hyper-positive) note:
Pretend that the rest of your life was the aberration. Pretend you have the confidence you need. Try, try so hard.
Meanwhile, Elsewhere not legally approved for use in medical settings. Side effects may include: headaches, graphomania, optimism, alcoholism, romance, wearing plaid, breast growth and/or removal, et cetera. The futures portrayed in this book may or may not exist, ever. Manufacturer is not responsible for any personal catharsis.