August BTQ Book Discussion with Gerber/Hart

CHICAGO — Join the Bi-Trans-Queer Book Discussion Group on August 25st at 6:30 for a discussion of Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology edited by Sfé R. Monster.

Beyond is an anthology of queer sci-fi and fantasy comics. Featuring 18 stories by 26 contributors, Beyond is a 250+ page, black and white, queer comic anthology, full of swashbuckling space pirates, dragon slayers, death-defying astronauts, and monster royalty. Each story celebrates and showcases unquestionably queer characters as they explore the galaxy, mix magic, have renegade adventures, and save the day!

The Beyond Anthology was born from a desire to see stories inspired by people like us (queer people with diverse genders and sexualities) slaying dragons, piloting spaceships, getting into trouble, and saving the day—without having to read for their queerness from between the lines. We wanted to see beautiful, heartwarming, and adventurous stories that reflect and celebrate the many facets of gender and sexuality, without having to worry that their queerness would cast them as a villain, a pariah, or turn them into a cautionary tale.

Beyond is edited by Sfé R. Monster, assistant edited by Taneka Stotts, and features a group of 26 contributors who have created 18 exceptional all-ages stories that showcase and celebrate openly and unabashedly queer characters in science fiction and fantasy-based settings.

Winner of the 28th Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Anthology.

“Beyond is dedicated “for the people in the dark—on an island or in the closet—still waiting for their first sign of light.” With love, from Earth to wherever; from distant planets and stars, from goblin houses, from pirate ships, from monster kingdoms, from the future, from cities of magic; to every future we can imagine for ourselves. – NINO CIPRI, Strange Horizons

“What Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology aims to accomplish, and succeeds at, is representation in an underrepresented area. This beautiful collection of comics, edited by Sfé R. Monster, gathers a huge diversity of styles and narratives.” – Francisco Tirado, Lambda Literary

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