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Bending The Landscape: Science Fiction (Bending the Landscape)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  189 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Edited by world-renowned lesbian fantasy author Nicola Griffith and fantasy publisher Stephen Pagel, this groundbreaking anthology of all-original science fiction stories brings together some of mainstream's and science fiction's most notable writers -- gay and straight -- creating worlds where time and place and sexuality are alternative to the empirical environment. Keit ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 9th 1999 by Overlook (first published September 1st 1998)
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Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this in my usual way of reading anthologies: all the way through, without skipping. This method has benefits and drawbacks, and it ended here with a read I really liked overall. I wouldn’t say any of these stories were badly written; I wouldn’t say that I enjoyed them all to the same degree. Below are my impressions in order of appearance (ratings are numbers of stars out of 5).

Sex, Guns, & Baptists (2 stars): I felt the characters to be clearly developed through behaviors & word
Nathan Burgoine
May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthologies, glbt
I can't possibly say something about every tale in this collection, but I will say it was phenomenal in general. A few really blew me away, however, like:

Klage's "Time Gypsy" was one of the best of the lot - a time-displaced physicist sent back in time to the very oppressive 50's on a very specific mission, but finds love might mess up the plans - not to mention her only ticket back home to a more accepting time. Wonderfully written - this one really kept my interest and made me sad to see it en
Reread "A Real Girl" by Shariann Lewitt for a Challenge featuring a robot. What a delight! Also reread the story "Sex, Guns and Baptists" by Keith Hartman, which is fun. 9/29/14

I was thrilled by this anthology! “On Vacation” by Ralph A. Sperry is about a couple who’ve been together for hundreds of years going on vacation in Nantucket. They share a house with a Dad and his young son, all are delighted with the arrangement. “A Real Girl” by Shariann Lewitt is about a robot who trades in her immor
TammyJo Eckhart
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
When this collection of 21 science fiction stories was published in 1998, it would not have surprised anyone reading it that most of the visions of non-heterosexuality in the future or on other worlds would be primarily dark. The world wasn't a friendly place if you identified as gay or lesbian, and things did not seem to be changing any time soon so of course the vision of the future might be more extremes of your life currently or a look back at history for a model of what the next century or ...more
Ryan Hamilton
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the first lgbt books I ever read--it was a revelation. Great introduction to some very good authors.
Bob Rust
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Frost Painting – novelette by Carolyn Ives Gilman
Gary, in the Shadows – shortstory by Mark Shepherd
Prince of the Dark Green Sea – shortstory by Mark McLaughlin
Water Snakes – shortstory by Holly Wade Matter
Gestures Too Late on a Gravel Road – shortstory by Mark W. Tiedemann
The Fall of the Kings (The World of Riverside) – novelette by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman
Cloudmaker – shortstory by Charlee Jacob
Magicked Tricks – novelette by K. L. Berac
The Sound of Angels – shortstory by Lisa S. Silverth
Alex MacFarlane
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-fiction
A good anthology! An interesting mix of stories about gay and lesbian people in the future, with some really awesome ones: I loved Ellen Klages' "Time Gypsy" (time travel! lesbian scientists! addressing the suppression of women's science!) except for its terrible title, and Elisabeth Vonarburg's "Stay Thy Filght" is really cool, and more. The anthology does show its age, not just in the ideas of future tech (space habitation and... fax machines?) but in the number of futures where homosexuality ...more
Mar 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Short story anthologies are always a bit uneven, but this had more than the typical number of excellent pieces. The stories were from a wide variety of authors and were written particularly for this collection. As the editors describe it, they wanted each writer to imagine "a different landscape" (different in "place, time, or attitude"), including an "Other." And the "Other" had to be a lesbian or a gay man. These guidelines resulted in a wide variety of settings and of characters. There were m ...more
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now that I got your attention, I will say that the book has gay, has aliens and there is sex but it isn't a Gay Alien Sex book.
It is more about relationships and I loved the book.
None of the sex is explicit.
The story of the two gay couples raising a baby was wonderful.
I do feel not all of them were Gay/Lesbian as one of them featuring Kangaroo like animals the only Lesbianism is an implied crush.
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Nicola Griffith has won the Washington State Book Award, the Nebula Award, the James Tiptree, Jr. Memorial Award, the World Fantasy Award, Premio Italia, and six Lambda Literary Awards. She is also the co-editor of the Bending the Landscape series of anthologies. Her newest novel is Hild. She lives in Seattle with her wife, writer Kelley Eskridge.

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