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Also on this website:
Toby Johnson's books:
GAY SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness
GAY PERSPECTIVE: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature of God and the Universe
THE FOURTH QUILL, a
novel about attitudinal healing and the problem of evil
CHARMED LIVES: Spinning Straw into Gold: Reclaiming Our Queer Spirituality Through Story
Books on Gay Spirituality:
Toby's review of Samuel Avery's The
Dimensional Structure of
Funny Coincidence: "Aliens Settle in San Francisco"
The Gay Spirituality Summit in May 2004 and the "Statement of Spirituality"
You're Not A Wave
What is Enlightenment?
What is reincarnation?
How many lifetimes in an ego?
Emptiness & Religious Ideas
Experiencing experiencing experiencing
Going into the Light
Meditations for a Funeral
The way to get to heaven
Buddha's father was right
Advice to Travelers to India & Nepal
The Danda Nata & goddess Kalika
Nate Berkus is a bodhisattva
John Boswell was Immanuel Kant
The Two Loves
Be Done on Earth by Howard E. Cook
Pay Me What I'm Worth by Souldancer
The Way Out by Christopher L Nutter
The Gay Disciple by John Henson
Art That Dares by Kittredge Cherry
Coming Out, Coming Home by Kennth A. Burr
Extinguishing the Light by B. Alan Bourgeois
Over Coffee: A conversation For Gay Partnership & Conservative Faith by D.a. Thompson
Dark Knowledge by Kenneth Low
Janet Planet by Eleanor Lerman
The Kairos by Paul E. Hartman
Wrestling with Jesus by D.K.Maylor
Kali Rising by Rudolph Ballentine
The Missing Myth by Gilles Herrada
The Secret of the Second Coming by Howard E. Cook
The Scar Letters: A Novel by Richard Alther
The Future is Queer by Labonte & Schimel
Missing Mary by Charlene Spretnak
Gay Spirituality 101 by Joe Perez
Cut Hand: A Nineteeth Century Love Story on the American Frontier by Mark Wildyr
Radiomen by Eleanor Lerman
Nights at Rizzoli by Felice Picano
The Key to Unlocking the Closet Door by Chelsea Griffo
The Door of the Heart by Diana Finfrock Farrar
Occam’s Razor by David Duncan
Grace and Demion by Mel White
Gay Men and The New Way Forward by Raymond L. Rigoglioso
The Dimensional Stucture of Consciousness by Samuel Avery
The Manly Pursuit of Desire and Love by Perry Brass
A science fiction novel creates a new reality by making technological, futuristic, mystical and mythical extrapolations from everyday reality.
A gay novel describes everyday reality as it is experienced by gay and lesbian people.
A better science fiction novel incorporates the technological, futuristic, mystical, and mythical extrapolations into the story, so that the new reality of the novel is not simply a backdrop for an adventure but is an intrinsic part of the development and resolution of the plot. An even better science fiction novel uses those extrapolations to reveal new and surprising insights about present, everyday reality.
A better gay novel incorporates the characters' sexual orientation into the story so that it is not simply a backdrop for a standard adventure but is an intrinsic part of the development of the plot. An even better gay novel uses those issues of sexual orientation to demonstrate how certain traits and virtues peculiar to the characters because they are gay or lesbian help to resolve the conflicts of the plot.
A gay science fiction novel, then, could simply have gay characters dealing with a standard science fiction adventure.
But the best gay science fiction novel would have to tell an interesting, engrossing, and entertaining tale that incorporates the characters’ sexual orientation into the extrapolated reality in a way that reveals new and surprising, even life-changing, insights about traits and virtues that characterize gay and lesbian people in our present, everyday reality.
Toby Johnson's Lammy-winning Secret Matter is such a novel.
A romantic comedy with an undercurrent of tension and suspense, a lovable and unforgettable character, the right touch of science fiction, and, as fans of Toby Johnson's will recognize, just the right measure of mystical wisdom to make this a novel you'll thoroughly enjoy and long remember with a pang of fondness and pride.
Read more about this Lammy-winning and Spectrum Award-winning novel
Read Toby Johnson's suggestions for the "Best Gay Science Fiction Novel of All"
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Toby Johnson, PhD is author of eight books: three non-fiction books that apply the wisdom of his teacher and "wise old man," Joseph Campbell to modern-day social and religious problems, three gay genre novels that dramatize spiritual issues at the heart of gay identity, and two books on gay men's spiritualities and the mystical experience of homosexuality. In addition to the novels featured elsewhere in this web site, Johnson is author of IN SEARCH OF GOD IN THE SEXUAL UNDERWORLD and THE MYTH OF THE GREAT SECRET (Revised edition): AN APPRECIATION OF JOSEPH CAMPBELL.
Johnson's Lammy Award winning book
SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of
Human Consciousness was published in 2000. His Lammy-nominated
PERSPECTIVE: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature
of God and the Universe was published by Alyson in 2003. Both books are
available now from Lethe
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