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Transcendent: The Year's Best Transgender Speculative Fiction Paperback – September 17, 2016
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"First-time editor Szpara shoots the death-obsessed conventions of transgender narratives into space with this splendid collection of 15 speculative works by trans authors, starring trans characters, and/or featuring themes of transformation, placing gender's many permutations under a warm and welcoming spotlight." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
About the Author
In the best of all timelines, K.M. Szpara lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his black cat and miniature poodle. He has a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, which he totally uses at his day job as a paralegal. On nights and weekends, Kelly advances his queer agenda by writing science fiction and fantasy novels. His short fiction appears in Lightspeed, Shimmer, and Glittership. You can find him on Twitter at @KMSzpara.
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it's a pleasure to read a bunch of stories featuring trans characters where the primary conflict isn't transition, and it's cool that the collection samples a pretty broad spectrum of subgenres. I was disappointed at the degree the collection skews transmasculine/nonbinary, though -- I definitely could have used more trans femmes. generally speaking I was less excited about the stories included in here that were "metaphorically" trans, or that qualified on the virtue of some character using gender neutral pronouns.
it's exciting that there's now enough trans speculative fiction to make a book like this, full of high-quality writing and imagination, a reality. i hope that there's another edition next year!
Noel Arthur Heimpel's cover art *may* be a reference to Penny Stirling's "Kin, Painted".
Not only is it highly creative and entertaining, it's intersectional, reflecting a many diverse trans experiences, with and without regards to gender. What I like most about it is how it has a sense of authenticity, of showing truths that a lot of trans folk can resonate with, in regards to finding their true self and going through change. Even if one story doesn't speak for you, another one can. My personal favorite is "Where Monsters Dance," because I like the inclusion of realities (including dark ones) in a fairytale setting. I'd highly recommend this book for trans people trying to find a piece of themselves in fiction.
There are 15 pieces in the anthology, and the following are brief summaries of each, if anyone's curious:
-"The Shape of My Name": a trans man reflects on his childhood and his estranged mother, with family secrets that travel across time, literally.
-"into the waters I rode down": Ailye, a Deaf trans woman, as part of the war effort, uses a machine able to link minds with alien creatures, in order to spy on the enemy's planet
-"Everything Beneath You": a tale of a woman named Zhou, her desire to be wombless, her bond with a woman of the sea, and her transformation
-"Contents of Care Package to Estath-tachri, Formerly Ryan Andrew Curran": a series of letters from human friends and family, addressed to someone who came out as an alien
-"The Petals Abide": Twoseret, a memorialist, enforcing prophecies and reshaping identities, is ordered to reshape a nonbinary foreign assassin, but she didn't expect someone from her past to be connected
-"Treasure Acre": An old man and a pre-teen girl dig up something from both their past, something that could ensure their survival but rewrite their history
-"Splitskin": a tale of two-spirit twins, forced to work with white colonizers, and their effort to save the thunderbirds, their mothers, from Raven
-"The Need for Overwhelming Sensation": Iryu and eir master Sanre protect a targeted political figurehead by transporting them via a ship that runs on raw magic, and for Iryu the easiest form is pain from eir beloved master
-"The Scaper's Muse": A human gets banished to another planet, and during their time they find another human, the person responsible for their banishment, but in a different body
-"The Librarian's Dilemma": Jas, a trans man, works at a library where books cannot be taken outside of it, and their contents cannot be shared freely. But should they?
-"Chosen": A goddess chooses the youngest Miller child to be her champion, but he has other plans
-"Where Monsters Dance": Red stopped believing in monsters, until her girlfriend was captured and taken to their realm. Now she has to go in and save her while reuniting with an old friend
-"Be Not Unequally Yoked": A story about the life of a creature who's sometimes a boy, sometimes a horse, but recently there's been less of a divide between the two
-"The Thing on the Cheerleading Squad": Religious Veronica gets uncomfortable when her cousin Asenath comes back to school in a new punk butch style, and with her comes devilish secrets
-"Kin, Painted": A family of artists paints their bodies that reflect their styles and personalities, but the narrator struggles to find their own colors
My least favorite stories were INTO THE WATERS I RODE DOWN, EVERYTHING BENEATH YOU, and CONTENTS OF CARE PACKAGE TO ETSATH-TACHRI, FORMERLY RYAN ANDREW CURRAN (HUMAN ENGLISH TRANSLATED TO SEDRAYIN). Each of these stories were better than average, which is what you want to see in a "best of" collection. There just seemed to be something that wasn't clicking with me.
My favorite stories were, BE NOT UNEQUALLY YOKED, THE THING ON THE CHEERLEADING SQUAD, and WHERE MONSTERS DANCE. So generally, for me, the stories improved as I got deeper into the book. I tend to think anthology editors like to sort from Better to Best, but I need to talk to more editors to see if this is usually the case. I was really excited to have purchased this.