Editor: Hope Nicholson
Publisher: Bedside Press
Publication Date: 30. September 2016
Rating: 4/5. Stars
Diversity: POC, LGBT Characters
Summary: “Love Beyond, Body, Space, and Time” is a collection of indigenous science fiction and urban fantasy focusing on LGBT and two-spirit characters. These stories range from a transgender woman trying an experimental transition medication to young lovers separated through decades and meeting far in their own future. These are stories of machines and magic, love, and self-love.
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book is a collection of stories by Native American writers most of them identifying as LGBT+ or two-spirit, all of them featuring a story about love. Romantic
The book begins with three introductions, one written by Hope Nicholson, the editor, the other two are from Grace L. Dillon and Niigaan Sinclair, describing what Two-Spirit people are and explaining why this anthology is so incredible important.
I probably missed a lot of things considering I’m a white european cis woman, but these stories were wonderful and even though I didn’t understand everything, I admire these stories and the writers.
Aliens – Richard Van Camp. The story is told by a nameless man and he tells us the love story of his niece Shandra and Jimmy. Jimmy is probably an intersex man. The story was quite hard to read as it was in passive voice and the alien subplot didn’t really make sense to me? I think that this is one of the slower stories of this book and sadly I didn’t really feel anything about it. 1/5
Legends are made, not born – Cherie Dimaline. After his mother died, the narrator of the story lives with Auntie Dave, a two-spirit person. They live in a reservoir and the story features some lovely mythology. 3/5
Perfectly You – David A. Robertson. Emma has met Cassie in a coffee shop, but even though she has her number she doesn’t dare to call her. When she agrees to undergo a scientific experiment to test a machine which can form a virtual relatity. This experience definitely serves as a big eye-opener for Emma. It’s a very sweet love story. 4/5
The Boys Who Became The Hummingbirds – Daniel Heath Justice. A boy who lives in a grey world where all colour has long ago been dimmed, dares to be different. Stranger Boy faces abuse and beatings but still he decides to show his true colours and with the help of Shadow Boy colour slowly returns to the world. The writing of this story is truly magical. 4/5
NÉ ŁE! – Darcie Little Badger. A Sci-Fi story set in Space. Dottie is on her way to Mars, where she will open an animal clinic. Normally she would sleep all nine months of the journey, but as there are problems with the dogs aboard, she gets woken and soon becomes friends with pilot Cora, who also happens to be a lesbian Native. It’s a wonderful Slow-Burn Romance, and it’s probably one of my favorite short stories. Also loads of dogs!!! 5/5
Transitions – Gwen Benaway. This story features a mixed-race trans woman, who tries to pass but doesn’t manage just yet. She decides to try some new hormone pills, offering herself as a human test subject, hoping they can help her. But then weird things start to happen. This story was truly amazing and wonderful to read. 5/5
Impostor Syndrome – Mari Kurisato. Aanji is a machine, wanting to pass as human. She is forced to present as man during work, but with the help of a comatose woman, she finds a way to live her life. The story is very action filled and fast paced and I’ll probably have to read it again to fully understand it, as there are loads of flash backs, but it was definitely interesting to read. 4/5
Valediction at the Star View Motel – Nathan Adler. Eadie has been raised by Native Americans before her mother died. For a long time she was forced to live in Foster Families, but now she returned to Ghost Lake. On a party she meets Mushkeg and immediately feels fascinated by the girl. The story has some references to Charlotte’s Web and Peter Pan. The lesbian romance is very nice. 4/5
Parallax – Cleo Keahna. The last part of this analogy is a poem and it’s a lovely ending to this story. 5/5
I am thankful for the Editor for putting this all together and the authors for writing this wonderful stories, this is truly an amazing analogy and I enjoyed it a lot! Reading native #ownvoices was an amazing experience and I can just advise everybody to read this book.