Ep. 22: Queerness & Gender in SFF (with C. L. Clark, Ryka Aoki, Khan Wong & Al Hess)

SFF Addicts

Jul 12 2022 • 1 hr 35 mins

Join host Adrian M. Gibson and authors C. L. Clark, Ryka Aoki, Khan Wong and Al Hess as they explore the intersection of queerness, gender and sexuality in sci-fi and fantasy. During the panel they discuss what queerness means to each of the participants, their personal journeys with sexuality and gender, why sci-fi and fantasy are so well-suited for queer stories, the supportive nature of the SFF community, sensitivity readers, romance and much more.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Unfortunately, we had numerous technical issues during the recording of this episode. As a result, a large section of Ryka's audio was unrecoverable, so after the introductions you won't hear her until about the one-hour mark. Apologies for the loss of her insightful contributions to the discussion.




C. L. Clark is a writer, editor and teacher. She is the author of The Unbroken, book one in the Magic of the Lost trilogy.

Find Cherae on Twitter or her personal website.

Ryka Aoki is the author of Light from Uncommon Stars, Seasonal Velocities, The Great Space Adventure and more. Her work has also been published in a number of both queer and mainstream publications and anthologies, and she wrote for and acted in the award-winning film “Transfinite.”

Find Ryka on Twitter or her personal website.

Khan Wong is a proud author of queer SFF. His debut novel, The Circus Infinite, was released in Spring 2022 through Angry Robot Books.

Find Khan on Twitter or his personal website.

Al Hess is a writer and artist, having written the post-apocalyptic Travelers Series and the 1930s-flavoured dystopian series, Hep Cats of Boise. His first traditionally published novel, World Running Down, is set to release in March 2023.

Find Al on Twitter or his personal website.


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