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Science fiction for all people who dare to be themselves.
Wednesday, February 20, 2002  8:55:00 PM

by Duane Simolke



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Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure will be out in a revised, second edition (paperback and hardcover) in the summer of 2004, with more gay characters and a sharper focus on gay issues. The revised, second edition Preface follows.

This book is for all people who dare to be themselves.

Thanks to the many people who gave me feedback on the drafts of this novel over the years and encouraged me to eventually finish it. I would go for months or even years at a time without looking at the manuscript, but my mind often wandered to the distant worlds I had created.

I wrote Degranon in increments from 1980 through 2001, completing it and revising it numerous times. The first edition appeared in paperback in January 2002. While I thought of Degranon as a science fiction novel that included gay themes but only minor gay characters, I found that many of my readers identified with those gay aspects. In fact, Degranon earned me my third StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Award! With all of that in mind, I kept wondering what Degranon would be like if I rewrote some of the major characters as gay.

That pondering led to this revised, second edition. Once I wrote down a few ideas for the revisions, it gained a life of its own. This retelling fully explores the themes that I dared not explore in my younger days and that need exploring in the face of real-life bigotry, oppression, uniformity, and fanaticism.
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Simolke Wins Another Pride in the Arts Award - 7/27/2003 4:27:00 PM

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The Acorn Stories (West Texas Fiction)

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Degranon: A Gay Science Fiction Adventure

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The Return of Innocence: A Fantasy Adventure

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Holding Me Together, featuring Reactions to Homophobia

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