...and I get a bunk in the morgue next to Iago in the wing for people who've suffered heart attacks and died from Not Surprised.
Now, I know LOGO's raison d'etre is gay and bi men, but if I were going to make a list of ten important, memorable bi and gay characters of sci-fi
, here's what I wouldn't do:
1) contend that, in addition to being AWESOME, "Zorro: the Gay Blade" (a tale of Zorro's out and proud twin brother* donning the Mask and kicking ass/going shopping therein) was science fiction,
2) include Andrew
from Buffy as my no. 10,
3) have no women or other-gendered characters of -any- kind (LeGuin's coming over to smack you with the Pimp Hand of Darkness, y'all),
4) make smegging Jack Harkness my no. 1,
5) pretend sci-fi is a genre entirely without books. I love my graphic novels, don't get me wrong, but your top ten? Should admit the *existence* of the interesting gender and sexuality dialogue that's taken place in non-graphic speculative fiction.
I think my f-list could come up with a better list standing on their heads while forced to hear disquieting production rumors about what M. Night Shama-llama doing to the Avatar film, personally.
Have Neil Gaimen reading you Blueberry Girl
: that's more female-positive, right?
*Incidentally, I love the possibilities of taking the hyper-machismo of Zorro and just... making him gay. Chincano? Chica-yes
.** I am not even sorry. Even if it's just played for cheap camp, look at the institutional example of textual reclamation! Official!slash!
**So earlier today I was watching a Four-era Doctor Who episode (you too can have a bed in the Not Surprised wing!!) and there was a singularly beautiful line from T. Baker, who'd just escaped from a yoke by thrusting it at the guards who'd captured him:
Four: I suppose you could say "the yoke's on him", if you were the sort of person who said that sort of thing, which fortunately I'm not.
Reader: I loved this deeply.***
*** Also today, I was thinking that if I were polyamorous, Aishwarya Rai
could totally be the Mistress of my Spices, and congratulated myself on getting in both a movie title joke
AND a polyamory-community slang joke in one pun
. Any day where this is accomplished is automatically a fantastic one.