Wilde Stories 2012: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction

Prepare to skew your view of the world: where jinn in the clouds of a future Tel Aviv aren’t spirits but powerful computer programs; where a suburban garden hides unrecognizable bones; to a colony planet that outlaws color; or the night when a lonely lab tech finds a spambot flirting with him. The latest volume in the acclaimed Wilde Stories series has tales of hitchhikers on the run, dragons in the sky, swordsmen drawing their blades. These are stories fantastic and strange, otherworldly and eerie, but all feature gay men struggling with memories or lovers or simply the vicissitudes of life no matter how wild the world might be.

Table of Contents

Introduction-Steve Berman
The Arab’s Prayer-Alex Jeffers
Fairy Tale-Justin Torres
Thou Earth, Thou-K. M. Ferebee
Hoffmann, Godzilla and Me-Richard Bowes
Color Zap!-Sam Sommer
All Smiles-Steve Berman
The Peacock-Ted Infinity & Nabil Hijazi
Ashes in the Water-Joel Lane & Mat Joiner
A Razor in an Apple-Kristopher Reisz
The Cloud Dragon Ate Red Balloons-Tom Cardamone
Filling up the Void-Richard E. Gropp
The House by the Park-Lee Thomas
Pinion-Stellan Thorne
We Do Not Come in Peace-Chris Barzak
The Duke of Riverside-Ellen Kushner

Steve Berman writes way too little fiction but does manage to edit at least one anthology every year so his feline companion, Daulton, can be kept content with daily meals of rotisserie chicken. The Wilde Stories annual series has twice been a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, which pleases Steve because he does have a great love for queer speculative fiction. He resides in southern New Jersey, the only state in the Union with an official devil.

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