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Queers Destroy Science Fiction! is a special issue of the Hugo-winning magazine LIGHTSPEED 100% written—and edited—by queer creators.
Queers Destroy Science Fiction! is a special issue of the Hugo-winning magazine LIGHTSPEED 100% written—and edited—by queer creators.
Queers Destroy Science Fiction! is a special issue of the Hugo-winning magazine LIGHTSPEED 100% written—and edited—by queer creators.
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Personal Essay: "Rewriting Our Default Settings" by Elizabeth Leggett

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When we set out to destroy science fiction with this Kickstarter, we didn't want it to be your ordinary, run-of-the-mill campaign. We wanted it to be full of smashing, crashing queer voices, telling what it really means to be queer reading and writing science fiction. One of the ways we hope to do that is by sharing a series of personal essays about the experience of being queer in science fiction.

Personal Essay: "Rewriting Our Default Settings" by Elizabeth Leggett

It was not until I was a sophomore in college that I worked up the nerve to tell my mother I was bisexual. I did not want to do it over the phone so I waited until she came to campus for a visit. I was so nervous that I blurted it out almost immediately after she arrived. Her response was perfect. She cocked her head to the side, smiled at me and said, “So? Do you want to go to dinner?”

I am looking forward to a time when more science fiction enthusiasts react similarly about QUILTBAG themes in their films, books and television. Obviously, we are not there yet. That is what this Kickstarter is about.

 This Kickstarter is about awareness and change. As visionaries, science fiction creators should feel compelled to fight social censorship and outdated taboos. White and straight may be the default setting, but it does not have to be. The more diversity the imagination industry brings to light, the closer they are to rewriting canon. (Star Trek left an indelible imprint that proved that over and over again.)

The social landscape is changing. The nonheterocentric community deserves to find more inclusive characterization and development especially in science fiction. Science fiction writers and artists should courageously push awareness further and further into a brighter future of acceptance. With more of that in our global entertainment and literary industries, who knows how close we can get to the elimination of bigotry and discrimination?

In the words of Gene Roddenberry, “Welcome home. We have a lot of work to do.”

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Elizabeth Leggett is a 20 year veteran freelance illustrator. Her artistic influences include Micheal Kaluta, Donato Giancola, John Jude Palencar, and Jeremy Gedes. She completed a 78 card tarot in a single year and launched it into a successful Kickstarter. (Portico Tarot and Art Prints) In December 2013, she won two places in Jon Schindehette’s ArtOrder Inspiration challenge. She is featured in Women Destroy Science Fiction! as illustrator for three stories and in October was featured as cover artist and special issue art director for Women Destroy Fantasy!.

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