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Read the March 28, 2014 review of my novel "Moon Men Deep Inside: Secret Missions of Time Travel Agents" and then post your own review on Amazon:
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My sci-fi time travel novel "Moon Men Deep Inside: Secret Missions of Time Travel Agents" now has a website to call home.
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Free Gay Science Fiction --

For a limited time, I am giving away a free copy of my novel "Moon Men Deep Inside: Secret Missions of Time Travel Agents" to anyone who agrees to post a review on Amazon. Just reply to this message on Google+ and indicate your interest in receiving a free reviewer’s copy today!

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I'm seeking gay men who like to read who can write reviews on Amazon for "Moon Men Deep Inside" -- my sci-fi time travel novel -- See http://moonmendeepinside.com/ -- I will reimburse you the Amazon purchase price plus provide you an added bonus! Contact me if you are interested. Thanks. Madeira Desouza San Francisco
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Challenges for a Gay Science Fiction Novel:

From the very start, as a gay male author, I accepted that I would invite challenges by writing a science fiction novel for gay men.

For one brief moment, I even considered that I should write a science fiction novel for straight readers. My thinking was that readers who are gay--particularly gay males--are fewer in number compared to the population of straight readers of both genders.

So, if I were to proceed with writing for my intended audience of gay men, but I knew that I likely would generate very little revenue by targeting that particular segment of the population. I went ahead and wrote a science fiction novel for readers who happen to be gay and male because that's what I am.

I do not expect to generate significant revenue from my gay science fiction novel because I am a grownup and I accept that the total available audience for my novel is small, especially when compared to mass audiences for works like cookbooks or romance novels.

In order to broaden my reach to the largest possible audience, however, I attempted to get another writer of science fiction to mention me and my science fiction novel on his blog. That other writer is male and around 40 and he writes very cool, edgy science fiction. I learned of him online at Fiverr.com where he offered to mention writers and their science fiction writing if you pay him to do so.

This amounts to buying exposure online on someone's blog with high traffic, but I have no moral objections with doing so. I agreed to pay $50 through Fiverr.com -- that site probably should be renamed Fiftierr.com to be more truthful in advertising. The science fiction writer in Southern California -- http://www.matnastos.net/ -- at first agreed to this arrangement as we communicated entirely through Fiverr.com.

Ultimately, that writer in Southern California would not take my money, however. He notified me in a text message using these exact words: "Unfortunately, the material wasn't appropriate to my blog's audience. Good luck with your work and take care."

I felt discriminated against, but I saved $50 while learning a valuable lesson: Just because a writer is young and he writes cool and edgy science fiction does not mean that he will give a damn about any other science fiction writer. Even my agreement to pay him $50 wasn't enough for him.

That kind of rejection was certainly one of the challenges I had anticipated when I wrote my science fiction novel for gay male readers. But, to be rejected even after offering someone a financial consideration was a big surprise to me.

I have thought of science fiction as one of the few genres in which characters, behaviors, and ideas are tolerated--if not celebrated--even when they venture outside the lines of conventional storytelling. But, I have learned that even in 2014, anti-gay prejudice is alive and well within the science fiction community.

Madeira Desouza
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Author of "Moon Men Deep Inside: Secret Missions of Time Travel Agents" -- http://moonmendeepinside.com
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That was a strange statement to make. Mercedes Lackey has written books that feature gay, lesbian and straight couples. I think she's pretty successful. C.J. Cherryh and MANY others do as well. I guess I need to know who it was so I don't purchase their works. I'm sorry you had to go through that, it just sucks.
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The commercial success of the device known as Amazon Kindle is nothing short of revolutionary on many levels. Let me delve into the matter of how this wonderful device is a technology boost for publishing gay science fiction.

I am a gay author and I wanted to share my gay science fiction with readers. The old-fashioned way of getting a book out to my target audience was not available to me. Major publishers in New York City tend to steer clear of genres such as gay science fiction for a variety of reasons–all of which have deep roots in some manner of prejudice against us gay men by the business world.

We gay men are accepted by mainstream American culture if we put on drag shows or fix people’s hair or focus on interior design projects. But, just try and get a gay science fiction book published and see how far you get.

You already know that the advent of the electronic book (eBook) preceded the launch of Amazon Kindle. But, Amazon Kindle revolutionized publishing. Period. No longer is it necessary for an author to struggle through the New York City-centric, old-fashioned methods of publishing a book. That path probably will be around for a while longer for just a select few authors. But, for the rest of us, take heart in the fact that there has already been a culture shift away from that outmoded method of book publishing to the new, improved, 21st century way.

If anyone tells you that an eBook published directly by an author on Amazon is somehow lesser than a book published through the old-fashioned method, don’t listen to them. Such people desperately are clinging to 19th century sensibilities and values. Look at the calendar. It is 2014. Those authors who know how to embrace the present century and its technology will have the edge over all other authors.

A few years ago, there was a brief commentary http://io9.com/5897141/how-the-kindle-is-opening-up-science-fiction which speculated that Amazon Kindle might revitalize science fiction. Speaking as a gay author who wants to share gay science fiction with a target audience, I enthusiastically support this contemporary digital technology and encourage other gay writers to get started on reaching out to the worldwide gay male audience electronically as I have done.

See http://moonmendeepinside.com/ for more details.
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For anyone searching online for gay science fiction, I can help.

Here are links to several helpful posts for you:

"Gay Male Characters in Science Fiction" -- http://moonmendeepinside.com/2014/02/04/gay-male-characters-in-science-fiction/

"Timelines and Time Travel Laws" --
http://moonmendeepinside.com/2014/02/02/timelines-and-time-travel-laws/

"Moon Men Deep Inside: Secret Missions of Time Travel Agents" -- full-length gay science fiction time travel novel in the bara genre:
http://moonmendeepinside.com/novel/
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