Exile in Paradise
When sympathetic alien visitors intervene in a Fundamentalist dystopian Earth, a thousand gay/bi/queer men, are “rescued” from a concentration camp by being teleported to an earth-like planet, many light-years from home, free from religious persecution, but with only the most rudimentary supplies and no information—or warnings—about the planet or the life already there. Can they build a new world? More
Sometime in the future, after World War 3, the United Christian Fundamentalists of America have arrested all known Sexual Deviates and shipped them off to sex-segregated concentration camps. In one such “Social Offender Facility” in the Arizona desert, three men have not yet met, but will soon find their lives entwined on a new world, where none of the old laws or rules pertain.
When sympathetic alien visitors intervene in the dystopia Earth has become, the three, along with a thousand other gay/bi/queer men, are “rescued” by being teleported to an earth-like planet, many light-years from home, free from religious persecution, but with only the most rudimentary supplies and no information—or warnings—about the planet or the life already there.
As they confront the deadly dangers and mysteries of this strange planet, which they name “Argo,” the trio of men, who have inadvertently become leaders of the multifarious group, face their own personal struggles with jealousy and possessiveness as they find their lives more and more deeply interconnected through respect, attraction and love—and through something else, something promising, alluring, but forbidden and potentially threatening: a fungus they discover growing on the walls of caves, inhabited by strange little creatures they name “Lemen,” not only heals bodily injuries, but also conveys psychic abilities and opens the men’s minds to a collective consciousness that manifests in psychedelic vision beyond physical limitations and mass erotic ecstasy.
A new kind of human is evolving on Argo.
But what kind?
"Readers of classic science-fiction will recognize themes of utopian societies and spiritual apotheosis reminiscent of Arthur C. Clarke’s visionary novels. If you ever wondered what happened to the queer kids among the magical children at the end of Clarke’s Childhood’s End, Dirk Vanden’s Exile in Paradise just might offer an erotic and adventuresome answer.”
—Toby Johnson, author of Secret Matter
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