As you’ve hopefully worked out by now, we are big proponents of the need for diverse representation in speculative fiction. And while we are certainly seeing more LGBTQ+ relationships portrayed in the genres we love, there’s still a long way to go.

But what about speculative fiction romance? Romance is a genre with very entrenched tropes and gender roles. So how do writers employ these tropes in new and exciting ways? How much change is acceptable to create a narrative that is still recognisably romance while embracing marginalised identities?

Joining us for this episode is Foz Meadows, who is no stranger to writing LGBTQ+ characters into their novels – nor a stranger to this show, being one of the first authors we ever interviewed for BtGS. Foz’s latest novel, A Strange and Stubborn Endurance, puts queer romance front and centre.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Pride and Prejudice; Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett
  • Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
  • Top Gun

Foz Meadows is a genderqueer fantasy author, essayist, reviewer, blogger and poet. Their published works include An Accident of Stars and A Tyranny of Queens with Angry Robot, and ‘Coral Bones’ with Rebellion.

Their essays, reviews, poetry and short fiction have appeared in various venues, including Uncanny Magazine, Apex Magazine, Goblin Fruit, The Huffington Post and Strange Horizons. Foz currently lives in California with their family. A Strange and Stubborn Endurance is out July 2022 from Tor.