I am a judge for the Gaylactic Spectrum Awards! What does this mean? Well, I get to read and take part in deciding who wins and who gets on the shortlist. This will be my first time doing so and I'm really excited to be a part of this. For those that don't know what the Gaylactic Spectrum Awards are, they are awards for various categories (novels, shorts, etc.) that acknowledge works with issues or themes of interest to the LGBT community (i.e. lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender). For those that might think these awards are just silly nonsense, you should look into who has been nominated this year and in previous years: folks like Elizabeth Bear, Stephen Baxter, Jo Walton, T. A. Pratt, Hal Duncan, Christopher Barzak, etc. Big names and lesser-known-names have been nominated for this as well as novels from all across the board of speculative fiction (from fantasy to science fiction to cross genre, etc.). So, I'm really excited about this! It's a huge list for this year and narrowing it down will be difficult, but it should be incredibly entertaining.
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