#ShortStoryMonth Day Twenty-One — The Wilde Stories, Transcendent, and Heiresses of Russ series


Simply the Best

The first time I picked up a Wilde Stories annual anthology, I was hooked. Also? I added it to my writerly bucket list. I wanted to appear in a collection since I loved them so much. I was lucky enough to have that particular event occur in the 2017 issue with a retelling of Frosty the Snowman (no, really), and then had the sadness of learning, the year after, that Wilde Stories was ending as a yearly series.

Sad me is sad.

But what was Wilde Stories? Curated by Steve Berman, since 2008, Wilde Stories gathered selections from a year’s worth of the gay speculative fiction, and I cannot tell you how awesome these collections are. Queer spec fic has a tendency to vanish (if it appears at all), and these collections—there’s also Transcendent (collections of trans spec fic, now on its fourth year) and Heiresses of Russ (collections of lesbian spec fic, which ran for six years)—where one of the few places to champion them.

So, it’s sad two out of three of the lines are now gone, but, if you haven’t read them, the queer spec community’s loss is your gain, since you can get twenty volumes of the various collections at the links above there from Lethe Press.

What about you? Do you have any “best-of” series you follow?

2 thoughts on “#ShortStoryMonth Day Twenty-One — The Wilde Stories, Transcendent, and Heiresses of Russ series

  1. Pingback: “Best-Of” Anthologies I Love. Short-Story Month Day #21 | authorjeffbaker

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