Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure (Taldra Book 1)
Diversity-themed science fiction! We stopped racism and homophobia, but face surveillance of our weight and our words. Now a First Nation family gets caught between our oppressive government and the colony it rejected.
On the planet Valchondria, no illness exists, gay marriage is legal, and everyone is a person of color. However, a group called “the Maintainers” carefully monitors everyone's speech, actions, and weight; the Maintainers also force so-called “colorsighted” people to hide their ability to see in color.
The brilliant scientist Taldra sees her twin sons as the hope for Valchondria's future, but one of them becomes entangled in the cult of Degranon, while the other becomes stranded on the other side of a doorway through time. Can they find their way home and help Taldra save their world?
Winner, StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Award.
“This is an incredible book about the human condition and how one person striving for the good can, in the end, be a source of change.” –Rainbow Reviews
“So for those who want a thought provoking and fun sci-fi read, then I would highly recommend Degranon; so hover on over to the bookstore and check this one out.”—Blogger Girls
“In Degranon, author Duane Simolke establishes his voice in gay genre writing by combining current concerns revolving around queer culture with a world of dimensional doorways, advanced technology, and distant planets.” –X-Factor, October 1, 2004 issue
“It's a very good story.” –HomoMojo.Com and I Must Be Dreaming
“A must read.” – Joe Wright, for StoneWall Society
“A reminder of the danger of fanaticism.” –Mark Kendrick, author of Stealing Some Time
“Duane Simolke's latest offering is a fascinating scifi excursion into a world as unique as his singular vision.” –Ronald L. Donaghe, author of Cinátis
“I recommend DEGRANON for its exciting, well-constructed narrative, its often intriguing characters, and its wealth of ideas both political and philosophical.” –J. Clark
“DEGRANON is sci-fi that warrants the attention of any serious aficionado, gay or straight, fascinated by alien worlds that mirror our own world.” –William Maltese, author of Beyond Machu
Books by Duane Simolke
This anthology of essays and poems explores many social issues, while celebrating friendship, love, and writing. This collection, quoted by many authors and Web masters, includes the multi-part essay Reactions to Homophobia, followed by poems and short essays on a variety of topics, such as writing, AIDS, religion, violence, family, friendship, and gay relationships.
StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Award. Comedy and drama in West Texas, from the author of Degranon, Holding Me Together, and New Readings of Winesburg, Ohio. “A lush tangle of small-town life branches out in this engrossing collection of short stories.”—Kirkus Discoveries.
This book examines Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, as it relates to Gertrude Stein, gender roles, failed communication, and the machine in the garden. Simolke also looks at Anderson’s concerns about mechanization, loneliness, and the mistreatment of many people.
The Return of Innocence: A Fantasy Adventure. Exciting eBook about a teen girl who stumbles into adventure and becomes a legend. Her allies include her gay brother and an elderly but heroic lesbian couple. Revised, second edition. By Duane Simolke with Toni Davis.
In an alternate reality, an Iroquois woman and her twin gay sons battle shapeshifting aliens. Telius simply wants to marry the man he loves. Argen struggles with the residual effects of a deadly drug addiction. Both twins help their mother face Valchondria’s greatest threats.