Melissa Scott


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.


The Novels of Astreiant
Astreiant, dominant power of a world in which the technology is Renaissance level, the sciences are magical, the choices in life partners are unrestricted by race or gender, and the suns are two. Appropriately, these genre-bending mysteries centered on crimes that were possible only in the world of Astreiant. And, as you’d expect of good mysteries, the crimes revealed character–especially that of the two leads, Astreiant-born Adjunct Point (police sergeant) Nicholas Rathe and foreign-born ex-soldier Philip Eslingen, who evolve over the course of the novels from strangers, to crime-solving allies, to cohabiting lovers.


Point of Sighs
Series: The Novels of Astreiant, Book 5. Price: $8.00 USD. Words: 110,340. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2018 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Autumn downpours soak the city of Astreiant and cast a gloomy pall over its streets, while storms at sea have delayed merchant ships bearing important cargoes from distant lands. As extortion against traders by the dockers of Point of Sighs and corruption among the district pointsmen come to light, the mystery deepens, but nothing can prepare Rathe and Eslingen for the return of a savage legend.
A Death at the Dionysus Club
Price: $9.00 USD. Words: 104,560. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2016 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
In the sequel to Lambda Literary Award-winning Death by Silver, metaphysician Ned Mathey and private detective Julian Lynes again challenge magical and murderous threats in a Victorian London not quite the city in our history books.
Trouble and her Friends
Price: $9.00 USD. Words: 128,450. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2014 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
One of the quintessential and award-winning novels of the cyberpunk genre returns in a striking new edition. India Carless, alias Trouble, managed to stay one step ahead of the feds until she retired from life as a hacker and settled down to run a small network for an artist’s co-op. Now someone has stolen her pseudonym and begun to use it for criminal hacking. So Trouble returns.
Heiresses of Russ 2014: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction
Series: Heiresses of Russ: The Year's Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction. Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 92,810. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2014 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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
Series: The Novels of Astreiant, Book 4. Price: $8.00 USD. Words: 95,950. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2014 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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
Series: The Novels of Astreiant, Book 3. Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 135,680. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2013 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
"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
Series: The Novels of Astreiant, Book 2. Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 44,200. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2012 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(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
Series: The Novels of Astreiant, Book 1. Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 157,120. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2012 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
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.
Shadow Man
Price: $7.00 USD. Words: 108,310. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2010 by Lethe Press. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
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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