Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam. He Came From a Place of Openness and Truth. (Lightspeed Magazine #56, January 2015)

lightspeed56Online here – so read it first – although, caveat lector, not if you really, really don’t like reading words like ‘cock’. I don’t mind reading, or indeed writing words like ‘cock’.

Editor John Joseph Adams’ editorial this month flags up a new Kickstarter following the success of last year’s ‘Women Destroy Science Fiction!’ with a new Kickstarter campaign in support of Queers Destroy Science Fiction! issue.

Adams then gets the reader into the right mindset for this issue as the first of the two new SF stories in this month’s issue, by Stufflebeam, gets pretty gay on the reader’s ass. The sex is in your face throughout, or rammed down your throat (hmm, maybe I best move away from these metaphors).

The narrator is a young man who is quite taken, much to his surprise, by a fellow male student. This student reciprocates his attention, and can’t in fact quite get enough of him. Exactly what he can’t get enough of, and why, is explained as the course of true love doesn’t run smooth, and just how odd a couple they are is gradually revealed. Can the young narrator swallow his pride after what his lover has been swallowing?

Maybe not a story for your average Analog reader, but I certainly enjoyed it. I just wonder if the description of man on man sex written by a woman can be criticised in the same way that lesbian sex written by men often is?

Anyhoo, 10:30pm here in the UK so time to turn off the computer and head for bed. I dread to think what my dreams tonight are going to include….

More from this issue here.

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