J. Scott Coatsworth

Biography

Scott lives with his husband Mark in a yellow bungalow in Sacramento. He was indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine. He devoured her library, but as he grew up, he wondered where all the people like him were.

He decided that if there weren’t queer characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.

A Rainbow Award winning author, he runs Queer Sci Fi, QueeRomance Ink, and Other Worlds Ink with Mark, sites that celebrate fiction reflecting queer reality, and is a full member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

Series

The Tharassas Cycle
Set in the world of The Last Run and The Emp Test, the Tharassas Cycle mixes fantasy and science fiction in an alien world where cultures clash and everyone’s lives are about to change … for better or worse.
The Dragon Eater
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The Gauntlet Runner
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The Hencha Queen
Price: $5.99 USD.

Books

The Hencha Queen
Series: The Tharassas Cycle, Book 3. Pre-release—available March 14, 2024. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 96,970. Language: English. Published by Water Dragon Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Silya finally has everything she always wanted: She's the Hencha Queen, head of the Temple, and is mastering her newfound talents. So why does the world pick now to fall apart?
The Gauntlet Runner
Series: The Tharassas Cycle, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 99,340. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2023 by Water Dragon Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Aik has fallen hopelessly in love with his best friend. But Raven's a thief, which makes things … complicated. Oh, and Raven has just been kidnapped by a dragon.
The Dragon Eater
Series: The Tharassas Cycle, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 94,300. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2023 by Water Dragon Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Raven’s a thief who just swallowed a dragon. A small one, sure, but now his arms are growing scales, the local wildlife is acting up, and his snarky AI familiar is no help whatsoever.
Androids and Aliens
Price: $4.99 $2.49 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 71,650. Language: American English. Published: December 8, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Androids & Aliens is Scott's third short story collection - eight sci fi and sci-fantasy shorts that run the gamut from cyborgs to (comedic) alien invasions. This is the first time all of these stories have all been collected in one place, and the first publication of the Pacific Climate Tryptich - What the Rain Brings, High Seven, and Full Real - in any form.
Clarity
Price: $4.99 $2.49 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 38,840. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
clarity (noun): Four definitions to inspire writers around the world, and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell: Coherent and intelligible; Transparent or pure; Attaining certainty about something; Easy to see or hear. Clarity features 300-word speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.
Save the World
Price: $6.99 $3.49 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 100,940. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Science fiction » General
We asked sci-fi writers to send us stories about ways to save the world from climate change. From the myriad of stories we received, we chose the twenty most amazing (and hopefully prescient) tales.
Liminal Sky: Ariadne Cycle - Complete Box Set
Price: $9.95 $4.97 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 330,980. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Liminal Sky chronicles humankind's first journey to the stars. The first three books - the Ariadne Cycle - cover the creation and launch of Ariadne (aka Forever) as she was grown from seed on an asteroid and then launched across the interstellar void. The books are told in epic fashion, with each broken into three parts that span generations.
Liminal Sky: Oberon Cycle - Complete Box Set
Price: $9.95 $4.97 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 267,920. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Oberon is unique among the Common Worlds - a half-world with a strange past and an uncertain future. Jameson Havercamp and Xander Kinnson are thrust into the middle of a world-ending event and have to scramble to save the world - and themselves. Along the way, they peel back the layers of the onion to discover secrets wrapped in secrets that will eventually take them to where it all started - an
The Emp Test
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,760. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Jey awakens to find himself in the care of a handsome stranger - a cheff from one of the mountain tribes, enemies of his own people. Afraid for his life, Jey has no choice but to let the man take care of him and his broken leg. The two of them will have to come to an understanding. And Avain has a secret to share with Jey, one that that will change his life forever.
Ink
Price: $4.99 $2.49 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 38,890. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
INK (NOUN): Five definitions to inspire writers around the world and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell: 1) A colored fluid used for writing, 2) The action of signing a deal, 3) A black liquid ejected by squid, 4) Publicity in the written media, 5) A slang word for tattoos. 121 Speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the writers of Queer Sci Fi.
Fix the World
Price: $6.99 $3.49 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 84,730. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Science fiction » General
We’re a world beset by crises. Climate change, income inequality, racism, pandemics, an almost unmanageable tangle of issues. Sometimes it’s hard to look ahead and see a hopeful future. We asked sci-fi writers to send us stories about ways to fix what’s wrong with the world. From the sixty-five stories we received, we chose the twelve most amazing (and hopefully prescient) tales.
Flames
Price: $3.99 $1.99 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 28,880. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Alex always thought love was enough to keep him and Gio together. Why did they need wedding rings or legal certificates? But now, with Gio lost in a coma after a fire has destroyed their home, his partner’s mother banishes Alex from his side. What if Alex’s voice is the only thing that can bring Gio back?
Wonderland
Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 21,280. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Zeke is a hermit in his late forties who lives a quiet life in a small cabin in the Western Montana mountains, a few miles outside of Thompson Falls. Nathan is a younger man on a cross-country trek, searching the country for someone... anyone still alive. Saddled with a ghost from his old life and a case of OCD, he stumbles upon Thompson Falls and a pack of rabid dogs.
Between the Lines
Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 23,610. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
What if you could hear the words behind the words? Brad Weston’s life seems perfect. He’s GQ handsome, the chief of staff for a Republican California state senator, and enjoys the power and the promise of a bright future. Sam Fuller is Brad’s young blond blue-eyed intern, fresh out of college, running from a bad breakup, When Brad buys a strange medallion, he sees the world in a whole new light.
The Last Run
Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 21,070. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Sera is the last runner from Earth, bringing badly needed supplies to the Tharassas Colony across a twenty-five year gulf between the planets. Jas works on a hencha farm to make ends meet, harvesting berries from the semi-sentient plants. Neither one that knows their lives—and worlds—are about to change forever."
Cailleadhama
Price: $2.99 $1.49 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 27,040. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
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Colton is a trans man living in a climate-changed world who plies the canals that used to be city streets of San Francisco's flooded edges beneath the Wall. Tris is an elf who comes through the veil to the City by the Bay - the Caille - on a coming of age pilgrimage called the Cailleadhama. Together, they find out more than they ever expected, both about the warming world and their own selves.
Homecoming
Price: $3.99 $1.99 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 25,230. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Spaceman meets wolfman. When his own world is destroyed, Aldiss and his crew barely manage to escape, leaving friends and lovers behind. What was meant to be an exploratory trip back to the home world becomes a mad dash for survival. Will Hari and Aldiss uncover the secrets of the past and find common ground? Or are Aldiss and his team doomed to failure?
Tangents & Tachyons
Price: $3.99 $1.99 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 48,000. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Tangents & Tachyons is Scott's second collection - six sci fi and sci-fantasy shorts that run the gamut from time travel to hopepunk and retro spec fic. This is the first time all of these stories have all been collected in one place.
Spells & Stardust
Price: $3.99 $1.99 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 45,180. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » General
Spells & Stardust is Scott's first anthology - eight sci fi and fantasy shorts that run the gamut from regeneration to redemption. Most of these stories have been previously published in various anthologies and journals. This is the first time they have all been collected in one place.
The River City Chronicles
Price: $5.99 $2.99 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 114,660. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » General
Everyone in the River City has a secret, and sooner or later secrets always come out. A group of strangers meets at Ragazzi, an Italian restaurant, for a cooking lesson that will change them all. They quickly become intertwined in each other's lives, and a bit of magic touches each of them.
Ithani
Price: $4.95 $2.47 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 99,120. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
After saving the world twice, Xander, Jameson and friends plunge headlong into a new crisis. The ithani―the aliens who broke the world―have reawakened from their hundred millennia-long slumber. When Xander and Jameson disappear in a flash, an already fractured world is thrown into chaos. And in the north, the ithani rise….
Lander
Price: $4.95 $2.47 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 94,390. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Xander and Jameson thought they’d fulfilled their destiny when they brought the worlds of Oberon and Titania back together, but their short-lived moment of triumph is over. Are they truly destined for each other, or is what they feel artificial? And can they face an even greater challenge when their world needs them most?
Skythane
Price: $4.95 $2.47 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 88,960. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » Gay
Jameson Havercamp, a psych from a conservative religious colony, has come to Oberon—unique among the Common Worlds—in search of a rare substance called pith. He’s guided through the wilds on his quest by Xander Kinnison, a handsome, cocky wing man with a troubled past. Together, they will uncover the secrets of this strange and singular world, and discover what truly binds them together.
The Shoreless Sea
Price: $4.95 $2.47 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 132,120. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » General
The fight for the future isn’t over yet. The generation ship Forever has left Earth behind, but a piece of the old civilization lives on in the Inthworld—a virtual realm that retains memories of Earth's technological wonders and vices. The invasion must be stopped, the Inthworld healed, sothe people of Forever can let go of their past and embrace their future.
The Rising Tide
Price: $4.95 $2.47 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 115,600. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » General
Five years after the Collapse, the remnants of humanity travel through the stars inside Forever: a living, ever-evolving, self-contained generation ship. Eddy, Andy, and a handful of other unlikely heroes must find the courage and ingenuity to stand against the rising tide. Otherwise they might be living through the end days of human history.
The Stark Divide
Price: $4.95 $2.47 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 87,990. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » LGBTQ+ » General
The Earth is in a state of collapse. Three living generation ships have been built with a combination of genetic mastery, artificial intelligence, technology, and raw materials. This is the story of one of them—43 Ariadne, or Forever, as her inhabitants call her—a living world that carries the hopes of humanity, and the three generations of scientists, engineers, and explorers colonizing her.
Dropnauts
Price: $5.95 $2.97 USD. (50% off until March 9!) Words: 133,970. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Life after the Crash. Over a century after the end of the Earth, life goes on in Redemption, the sole remaining Lunar colony, and possibly the last outpost of humankind in the Solar System. But with an existential threat burrowing its way into the Moon's core, humanity must recolonize the homeworld.