And look what's on the long list: Stevie Carroll, “The Monitors” (Echoes of Possibilities, edited by Aleksandr Volnov, Noble Romance Publishing 2010).
I am seriously chuffed that my little piece of SF erotica made it so far in such a big award, against stories from the big publishers.
About the award (from the website):
In February of 1991 at WisCon (the world’s only feminist-oriented science fiction convention), award-winning SF author Pat Murphy announced the creation of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender. Pat created the award in collaboration with author Karen Joy Fowler. The aim of the award is not to look for work that falls into some narrow definition of political correctness, but rather to seek out work that is thought-provoking, imaginative, and perhaps even infuriating. The Tiptree Award is intended to reward those women and men who are bold enough to contemplate shifts and changes in gender roles, a fundamental aspect of any society.
The award is named for Alice B. Sheldon, who wrote under the pseudonym James Tiptree, Jr. By her impulsive choice of a masculine pen name, Sheldon helped break down the imaginary barrier between “women’s writing” and “men’s writing.” Her fine stories were eagerly accepted by publishers and won many awards in the field. Many years later, after she had written some other work under the female pen name of Raccoona Sheldon, it was discovered that she was female. The discovery led to a great deal of discussion of what aspects of writing, if any, are essentially gendered. The name “Tiptree” was selected to illustrate the complex role of gender in writing and reading.
My story, 'The Monitors', in Echoes of Possibilities isn't exactly your standard m/f erotic romance. Here's the blurb so you can see why:
Echoes of Possibilities: Four unconventional m/f erotic romances set in very different futures. Including a trans character, a cyborg, an alien, a female ex-president of the United States and their equally remarkable lovers.
'The Monitors' by Stevie Carroll: Born blind in a universe where genetic abnormalities are screened out at conception, Stuart, a monitor -- the human backup to computer controls on a deep space colony transport -- dreams of an academic research post, a family and a permanent home. As a transman, still saving for the last of his operations, he wonders what woman would love a guy like him.
Expecting a routine shift-change, Stuart is astonished and delighted when he is propositioned by Claire, a deaf woman who has broken away from her family and now wants to experience as much of the universe as possible. The instantaneous chemistry between them breaks down Stuart's inhibitions about sex on duty -- and on a first date -- but he has no idea if Claire will put her travel plans on hold until his transition is complete, and he is ready to go with her as a whole man.
And here's the buy link if I've got you interested:
There's an excerpt there too.