Bending the Landscape

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Bending the Landscape is the title of an award-winning series of LGBT-themed anthologies of short speculative fiction edited by Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel.[1][2] Three books were produced, subtitled Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, between 1997 and 2002.[3]

The editors asked contributors to "imagine a different landscape... some milieu that had not happened" and then address the theme of Alien or Other, with the Other being a lesbian or gay man.

Each of the volumes won LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) or genre awards, including winning a World Fantasy Award, two Lambda Literary Awards and two Gaylactic Spectrum Awards;[4] some individual stories contained within were also recipients of awards and nominations.[4]

Themes[edit]

The editors asked contributors to "imagine a different landscape... some milieu that had not happened" and then address the theme of Alien or Other, with the Other being a lesbian or gay man. However the stories were not specifically aimed at a gay readership.[5][6] Mark R. Kelly's review in locus magazine bemoaned the anthologies lack of thematic breadth.[5]

Awards[edit]

Each of the volumes won LGBT or genre awards, including winning a World Fantasy Award,[7] two Lambda Literary Awards and two Gaylactic Spectrum Awards;[4] some individual stories contained within were also recipients of awards and nominations.

Bending the Landscape: Fantasy[edit]

Cover of Bending the Landscape: Fantasy, art by Kevin Murphy

Published in 1997.[3]

Awards[edit]

  • Lambda Literary Award, Lesbian and Gay Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
  • World Fantasy Award, Best Anthology

Contents[edit]

Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction[edit]

Published in 1998.[3]

Awards[edit]

  • Lambda Literary Award, Lesbian and Gay Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
  • Gaylactic Spectrum Award
  • Stonewall Book Award: Literature (finalist)

Contents[edit]

Bending the Landscape: Horror[edit]

Cover of Bending the Landscape: Horror, art by J K Potter

Published in 2001.[3]

Awards[edit]

  • Gaylactic Spectrum Award

Contents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bending the Landscape – Series Bibliography", Internet Speculative Fiction Database, retrieved 16 October 2008 
  2. ^ http://www.nicolagriffith.com/bending.html
  3. ^ a b c d Huber, George K., Anthologies of Gay Fiction, retrieved 16 October 2008 
  4. ^ a b c "The Locus Index to SF Awards", Locus, retrieved 16 October 2008 
  5. ^ a b "Profiles of Recent Books from reviews in Locus Magazine", Locus, 19 October 1998, retrieved 16 October 2008 
  6. ^ Pearson, Wendy (March 1999), "Identifying the Alien: Science Fiction Meets Its Other", Science Fiction Studies, 26, Part 1 (77), retrieved 16 October 2008 
  7. ^ World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Retrieved 4 February 2011. 

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