Hot on the heels on the success of Women Destroy Science Fiction, Lightspeed Magazine’s newest Kickstarter promises to get as many queer creators involved as possible.
According to the Queers Destroy Science Fiction Kickstarter campaign, “even in science fiction, supposedly the genre of limitless possibility, where everyone is invited to the adventure, heterosexual, heteroromantic, and cisgendered are considered the default, to the extent that everything else is “deviation,” and must be eyed with suspicion.”
Times they are a-changing. Ann Leckie’s novel, Ancillary Justice, which won both the Hugo and Nebula awards for 2014, featured characters from a world where there wasn’t a binary gender distinction. It wasn’t the central plot point; it was woven into how these characters related with other characters in the book.
People are ready to hear more diverse stories.
As the Kickstarter reminds us, “We’re here. We have always been here. And we are very, very excited to show it.”
Backer rewards start at the $5 level for a copy of the ebook and three back issues of Lightspeed Magazine. The $500 backer level gets you a Skype chat or dinner with a particular editor. There’s a lot going on in the backer rewards section so read carefully to find the best option for you.