Boys Will be Girls

“Variation on the Theme of Man” by Toni V. Sweeney, 2014 This is a work of science-fiction, set hundreds of years in the future, in which humans have traveled into space and rub shoulders with dozens of alien races. As such, it seems jarring that the hero of the tale, galactic assassin Gabriel Marsh, expresses rather puritanical attitudes about a supposedly Gay man. He calls this man a “twist” and a “beddy-boy” and cringes at the thought of seeing him kissing another man. Heck, Marsh doesn't even like to see men kissing women because, despite his Terran name, Gabriel Marsh is an Angelus—aliens known for being the biggest prudes in the Federation. While it's hard to imagine a future with a

Guest Blog: A Peace-Loving Man

How Are Conscientious Objectors Treated in the Future? Allan McAllister is a paxist in a world at war, what we today would term a conscientious objector. His uncle Egan Rand is the leader of a movement protesting the current war in which the UTF—the United Terran Federation—is involved, a war the Federation claims results from an Earth settlement being attacked without provocation by the Felidan navy. (Later this assertion will prove ironically false.) Egan Rand wants the UTF to investigate and discover what really happened, perhaps negotiate and avoid war. The aggressive Federation doesn’t work that way. In most cases, they shoot first, and then much, much later, ask questions. The Earth

Steampunk Heroes

“ESPER FILES—A Steampunk Superhero Series” by Egan Brass The book starts with a prolog, set in something resembling Victorian times, in which a grandstanding professor creates a machine that blows up. The resulting explosion alters… something. And as a result, twenty percent of Earth’s population become Espers—mutants whose abilities are based on their personalities. So an easily-enraged individual can suddenly shoot fire from his hands and melt metal. Or a timid girl can do the same with ice. They’re called superheroes for a good reason: the Espers have powers commonly seen in the pages of comic books, especially Marvel’s X-Men. Firebrand has a fiery touch like Pyro. James teleports

Full Moon Monsters

Gilson Creek, Maine is a town with a history of lycanthropy. A werewolf has killed before and now he’s back for more mayhem. An early, brief scene where the hero, Sheriff Joe Fischer, recollects the history of the town’s old, abandoned cemetery is quite effective and evocative. The revelation of the werewolf’s identity came shortly after I had guessed it. That identity is a bit different from the usual suspects in books of this sort. The story begins with the monster on the loose under a full moon. Right from the beginning, the werewolf kills four people in one night. The next few weeks give us a respite from blood and gore, but that allows Rolfe to establish his characters and relation

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