Most of the books and stories that Otherwise Award jurors read to pick a winner are nominated by authors and readers. We need your suggestions. If you’ve read a work of science fiction or fantasy that explores or expands our notions of gender, please tell us about it by filling out the recommendation form below. If you have more than one, just fill out the form again with a new recommendation and repeat the process until you’ve told us about them all.
Recommendations close on the 1st of December, 2022. Because recommendations are accepted from everyone, and haven’t been reviewed by the jury, we request that nominated creators not publicize their appearance on this list: if you win, or your work shows up on an honor list or long list, please publicize to your heart’s content!
The 2022 Otherwise Award will be given in 2023, location to be determined.
To let us know something related to recommendations that doesn’t fit in the form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anything that you enter in the Author, Title, Publisher, Link, and Additional Comments fields will be publicly visible. If you want to add non-public comments about the work that you’re recommending, email email@example.com.
The 2022 Otherwise Award Recommendedations
|Petra Kuppers||Eco Soma: Pain and Joy in Speculative Performance Encounters||University of Minnesota Press||In Eco Soma, Petra Kuppers asks readers to be alert to their own embodied responses to art practice and to pay attention to themselves as active participants in a shared sociocultural world. Reading contemporary performance encounters and artful engagements, this book models a disability culture sensitivity to living in a shared world, oriented toward more socially just futures. Kuppers invites us to become moths, sprout gills, listen to our heart’s drum, and take starships into crip time. And fantasy is central to these engagements: feeling/sensing monsters, catastrophes, golden lines, heartbeats, injured sharks, dotted salamanders, kissing mammoths, and more. Kuppers illuminates ecopoetic disability culture perspectives, contending that disabled people and their co-conspirators make art to live in a changing world, in contact with feminist, queer, trans, racialized, and Indigenous art projects.||2022-06-04 16:32:02|
|Massoud Hayoun||Last Night in Brighton||Darf Publishers Ltd||Sam Saadoun is an Arab American gay man who time travels and arrives in his family's home in Alexandria, Egypt of the 1930s where he is, rather startlingly, a woman. There, she must suddenly navigate her family's gender roles in order to speak with a long-dead parent. In a parallel storyline in present-day Brooklyn, she is still the man he thought himself to be, and he must navigate several kinds of homophobia - systemic, legal, and internalised.||2022-05-30 20:01:54|
|Tim Sussman||Unfinished Business||Argyll Productions https://argyllproductions.com/||I have read and recommended Mr. Sussman's works for consideration previously and recieved early copies of this work before it was ready for publication due to my support for Kyell Gold, SofaWolf Press, and FurPlanet.||2022-05-28 02:37:17|
|Ginny Priem||You're My Favorite||Rodney K Press||2022-05-25 03:59:17|
|O.E. Tearmann||Deuces Are Wild||Amphibian Press||Hi there! This is the sixth book in this series, but the entire Aces High, Jokers Wild series creates a world where people from all groups can hope for a better future when everything feels bleak. Many of the characters explore gender and sexuality and I believe this will be a perfect fit for Otherwise!||2022-05-12 08:02:50|
|Karuna Das||Kat's Cradle||DX Varos Publishing, Inc.||With several smart and strong women among its ensemble of POV characters of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, ages, and sexual identities, the book offers a multifaceted vision of humanity with a decidedly feminist thrust, exploring gender in terms of conventional and unconventional roles and relationships alike. By the time the story concludes, readers have followed the protagonist and those who interact with her on a journey that expands their notions of identity -- both individually and collectively -- and provokes them to reconsider their own place in contemporary American culture as well as in much broader cosmic contexts.||2022-05-09 06:01:33|
|John Elizabeth Stintzi||My Volcano||Two Dollar Radio||Non-binary writer and visual artist John Elizabeth Stintzi's novel "My Volcano" is an ambitious, kaleidoscopic portrait of a diverse cast of characters each grappling with immense personal "eruptions" as well as our collective experience of our changing Earth. The story opens with a massive volcano emerging from the middle of New York City's Central Park. Parable, myth, sci-fi, eco-horror, "My Volcano" features a plethora of dazzling imaginative elements punctuated with real-life atrocities such as the murders of trans women of color. Queer becoming, bodily transformations, experiencing discomfort in one's own body, changes of gender, the multiple versions of the self being present at the same point in time — these are just some of the ways in which this novel explores notions of gender, and how we live together in this world.||2022-05-06 10:04:50|
|Erika Malinoski||Pledging Season||This novel challenges the idea that sexism, patriarchy, and transphobia are in any way “natural” outgrowths of biology. It does this by creating a world (on a space colony of Earth’s) where different cultures use the exact same human biology we have now to justify completely different definitions of gender (everything from the number of genders to their organization to their fluidity) as well as different gender-based power structures. Within this framework, the book explores what the struggle for gender justice would look like, what it means to be cisgender in such a place, and how to transform patriarchal ideas of justice and punishment into a more restorative world. In doing so, it exposes the arbitrariness of the gender binary and makes a powerful case for solidarity across all genders. Reviewers describe it as “an emotionally rich, page-turning read…”||2022-04-29 12:01:28|
|Catori Sarmiento||Darkness in a Sky of Embers||Three Ravens Publishing||2022-04-28 14:07:52|
|Rivers Solomon||Sorrowland||MCD||So much of Sorrowland is about a young woman contemplating the contradictions of gender, especially as she raises her two children, who she refuses to gender in any way - not revealing their assigned sex at birth to anyone or ever referring to them as her daughters or sons. This is but one facet of the way gender is explored.||2022-04-19 03:44:51|
|Edale Lane||Walks with Spirits||Past and Prologue Press||This historical novel features a love story between two indigenous women set way long ago and incorporates a lot of spirituality. I find it refreshingly different from most LGBTQ fiction.||2022-03-27 13:34:44|
|Julie Bozza, editor Various||Queer Weird West Tales||https://juliebozza.com/news-queer-weird-west-tales-anthology-2/||2022-03-27 00:05:50|
|Martha Wells||Fugitive Telemetry||Tor.com||The entire Murderbot series by Martha Wells is amazing. Not only are they told from the point of view of a nonhuman intelligence who has no gender, they take place in a gender-fluid society where family units often involve multiple partners, where there is at least one additional gender (tercera; pronouns are te / ter), all as a completely matter-of-fact part of the storyline.||2022-02-19 16:14:04|
|Talulah J. Sullivan||Blood Indigo||Forest Path Books||The first in an Indigenous literary fantasy series by an "own voice" author, BLOOD INDIGO introduces: --a dwindling cabal of shamans who defend their sentient world against a colony of aliens that are trying to regain control of a bio-engineering experiment run amok --a colonial bid that--almost--failed, and the often insidious consequences of cultures in conflict --tribes and clans that are not monolithic, but speak with their own voices --an overall culture, neither patriarchal nor matriarchal, where women, men, and two-spirited persons have place according to their abilities, and the fluidity of gender is acknowledged. Young people are expected to have same-gender relationships, which evolve and adapt as they mature and have families, often polyamorous --a book that asks the reader to think and question, to feel and experience new concepts||2022-02-18 11:03:23|
|Eugen Bacon||Chasing Whispers||Raw Dog Screaming Press||Chasing Whispers is a unique Afro-irrealist collection of black speculative fiction in transformative stories of culture, longing, hybridity, unlimited futures, a collision of worlds and folklore. It casts a gaze at mostly women and children haunted by patriarchy, in stories packed with affection, dread, anguish and hope. The connecting theme is a black protagonist with a deep longing for someone, someplace, something… and a recurring phrase in each story: “a deep and terrible sadness.” This is a boundary stretching collection that doesn’t just describe the disjointed modern experience of minorities but makes you feel it.||2022-02-17 07:52:09|
|Megan Milks||Margaret and the Mystery of the Missing Body||Feminist Press||2022-02-16 10:40:06|
|Blue Delliquanti||Across a Field of Starlight||Random House Graphic||2022-02-16 02:08:56|
|Eugen Bacon||Mage of Fools||Meerkat Press||A mother's story. A secret story machine. In the dystopian world of Mafinga, Jasmin must contend with a dictator’s sorcerer to cleanse the socialist state of its deadly pollution. An Afrofuturistic dystopian novel.||2022-02-16 01:56:26|
|Valentine Carter||These Great Athenians||Nobrow||I'd like to submit this book as it appeals to everyone who identifies as a woman, no matter what – trans women who are just really starting out on that journey, right at the beginning and haven’t told anybody, a woman that’s been married to the same man for forty years and had eight children who are all boys, or anyone across the spectrum. Anyone can find a home in this book.||2022-02-15 11:20:02|
|Joris Bas Backer||Kisses for Jet||Nobrow||“A warm, funny, lived-in book that captures exactly the feeling of having a desire you just can’t place, and the relief when you manage to crack it wide open.” — Mattie Lubchansky, The Nib “Exciting from the first to the last page! I say, this book is already a classic.” — Ulli Lust, author of Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life||2022-02-15 10:36:04|
|Jessy Randall||Mathematics for Ladies: Poems on Women in Science||Gold SF (University of London)||Poems about women you’ve heard of (Marie Curie, Jane Goodall, Émilie du Châtelet) and women you might not know (Alice Ball, Maryam Mirzakhani, Ynes Mexia, Susan La Flesche Picotte, Chien-Shiung Wu). A wickedly funny and feminist take on the lives and work of women who resisted their parents, their governments, the rules and conventions of their times, and sometimes situations as simple and infuriating as a lack of a women’s bathroom in a science building on a college campus. With a preface by Pippa Goldschmidt and illustrations by Kristin DiVona of NASA’s Reaching Across the Stars. "The only good science fiction poems ever written are by Jessy Randall. —Annalee Newitz "I never get tired of learning about women who achieved great things despite obstacles." — Katha Pollitt https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/mathematics-ladies||2022-02-15 10:06:19|
|Ava KellyIllustrated by Matthew Spencer||Alia Terra: Stories from the Dragon Realm||Atthis Arts||This all-ages, fully-illustrated, dual-language, aromantic, nonbinary book centers on kindness and self-acceptance. Please see the site for a recommendation / blurb by Bogi Takács.||2022-02-15 09:36:43|
|Cynthia Zhang||After the Dragons||Stelliform Press||Queer love, dragons, and climate change in Beijing. This book is a fascinating exploration of the complex demands culture makes of feeling and expression of feeling, and how that demand evolves in the context of an unstable climate.||2022-02-13 16:47:06|
|Suyi Davies Okungbowa||Son of the Storm||Orbit Books||In exploring or expanding upon existing notions of gender, Son of the Storm excels in three areas: (1) Demonstrating the role of women in society, through the actions and achievements of its man and supporting cast, which is predominantly female; (2) Presenting characters outside of the gender binary, and allowing them to exist as full humans beyond just their identity; and (3) Presenting many of its female characters in leadership roles and, again, allowing them be full humans: making mistakes, as well as making good decisions. This book, which at its core is about the power of stories, debunks many of the myths around the capabilities of women in society--especially in the pre-colonial West African societies it is drawn from.||2022-02-10 05:19:27|
|Murray LeeAngela Yuriko SmithChristina SngGeneve Flynn||Tortured Willows: Bent, Bowed, Unbroken||Yuriko Publishing||Tortured Willows is a poetry collection by four Asian women authors. It is the companion piece to Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women, which won the 2020 Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson awards for superior achievement in an anthology. The collection explores themes of otherness, race, and gender. Tortured Willows is on the preliminary ballot for the 2021 Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in a poetry collection.||2022-01-30 22:11:26|
|Kyle Jensen||The Chaos of Kyle||2022-01-30 04:05:13|
|Sahaj Sabharwal||Pedagogical Thoughts Made Facts||Bluerose Publishers||About the Book-: The BOOK-: ” Pedagogical Thoughts Made Facts ” is written by Sahaj Sabharwal. This book contains poetries, thoughts, quotes, stories and articles. In this book, most of the write ups are based on real life experiences and today’s thoughts written by Sahaj are future facts for others which really motivates. Moreover, this book contains writings which are based on social issues for awareness and for positive mindset. Every single piece of writing in this book contains a deep meaning, if you could relate. PERSONALITY OF JAMMU, INDIA NAME: Sahaj Sabharwal Sahaj Sabharwal, a young writer and an author was born on 17th March, 2002. He lives in Jammu city, Jammu and Kashmir, India. He has completed his schooling from Dps Jammu as a Non-Medical student. Now he is a student of Aeronautical Engineering.||2022-01-13 04:29:45|
|Ornella NgabireEmmanuel Ndayishimiye||The Smiley Girl||Self-published||I recommend to check out this book because it has won the 2nd place in the 2021 Reader’s Choice Awards by TCK publishing.It is a story of a little girl who inspires other children and their families to take action and keep up with daily random acts of kindness through a kindness calendar. There would not be anymore bullying, hate or lack of self esteem if every child thinks and says only kind things every single day. The story was short to keep the attention span of the targeted readers. The main character also teaches them how to plan and organize which is another strategy that should be taught to children.||2022-01-03 11:10:26|
|Starscribe||Child of Mine||Self-published||Starscribe completed this fantasy story and published it in January of 2021. Child of Mine explores gender roles like few stories I've read, touching on what it means to be transformed into something completely unimaginable and to be transformed by unimagined love. It's visceral strength lies in that it never shirks its responsibility to address the gory and embarrassing details of maternity. That the once male character faces a choice of returning to himself and the loss of the child-parent bond that has grown through the ordeals he has suffered and lived through, displays the depth of the human heart—regardless of the constraints of gender. This is also a fan fiction, and from a franchise that was unfortunately made controversial in the SF&F community. I think it transcends this impediment. I am a SFWA member.||2021-12-25 13:20:47|
|C. A. McDonald||A Woven Womb||in Dispatches from Anarres, Forest Avenue Press||A brilliant vision of parenting and family-making.||2021-12-20 09:30:05|