Melissa Scott studied history at Harvard College and Brandeis University, and earned her PhD. in comparative history. She published her first novel in 1984, and has since written some two dozen science fiction and fantasy works, including three co-authored with her partner, Lisa A. Barnett.
Scott’s work is known for the elaborate and well-constructed settings. While many of her protagonists are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, this is perfectly integrated into the rest of the story and is rarely a major focus of the story. Shadow Man, alone among Scott’s works, focuses explicitly on issues of sexuality and gender.
She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction in 1986, and has won several Lambda Literary Awards.
In addition to writing, Scott also teaches writing, offering classes via her website and publishing a writing guide.
Scott lived with her partner, author Lisa A. Barnett, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire for 27 years, until the latter’s death of breast cancer on May 2, 2006.
Heiresses of Russ 2014: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction
By Melissa Scott
, Steve Berman
, Redfern Jon Barrett
, Zoe Blade
, Amanda Fitzwater
, Sacchi Green
, Claire Humphrey
, Alex Jeffers
, Meda Kahn
, Layla Lawlor
, Chanté McCoy
, Cat Rambo
, Tansy Rayner Roberts
, Kenneth Schneyer
, Benjanun Sriduangkaew
, Penny Stirling
, Robert E. Stutts
, Tori Truslow
, Lexy Wealleans
, & Alberto Yáñez
Published: August 9, 2014 by
» Gay & lesbian fiction
A book such as this spins not only words but also whole worlds: eighteen of them, representing the best lesbian-themed stories of the fantastic or futuristic published the prior year. The women to be met in these pages will find themselves tested not because of their sexual identity but rather the identity they have composed, constructed, and spun.
Fairs' Point: A Novel of Astreiant
Fourth in the Astreiant series, Fairs’ Point once again demonstrates Melissa Scott’s mastery of fantasy world building, detective-story plotting, and the provision of sheer delight. When Eslingen receives a basket-terrier puppy, he makes the best of it by having the pup trained for the races, an action that draws him and Rathe deeper into the coils of a mystery involving New Fair's dog races.
Point of Dreams: A Novel of Astreiant
"Readers of police procedurals will recognize the form of Point of Dreams, if not the details, which are necessarily changed by the fantasy setting… Scott and Barnett blend the genres deftly, transposing their mystery plot into their magical world, building suspense and scattering both clues and red herrings with panache… Point of Dreams is… thoroughly rewarding reading."—SF Site
Point of Knives: A Novella of Astreiant
(4.00 from 1 review)
A welcome return to the vividly realized city of Astreiant with its intricate magics and deadly politics, Point of Knives takes place in the interval between the widely praised earlier novels Point of Hopes and Point of Dreams. A fantastical mystery and a rousing adventure, Point of Knives also reveals the beginning of the romance between Adjunct Point Nicolas Rathe and Leaguer Philip Eslingen.
Point of Hopes: A Novel of Astreiant
Nicolas Rathe is a pointsman, a dedicated watchman in the great city of Astreiant. During the annual trade fair, with a city filled with travelers and merchants, someone is stealing children. The populace is getting angry and frightened and convinced that a foreigner must be to blame. The first in a series of fantasy novels filled with adventure, intrigue and gay romance.
In the far future, human culture has developed five distinctive genders due to the effects of a drug easing sickness from faster-than-light travel. But on the planet Hara, where society is increasingly instability, caught between hard-liner traditions and the realities of life, only male and female genders are legal, and the "odd-bodied" population are forced to pass as one or the other.
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