written by David Steffen
GlitterShip is a science fiction and fantasy podcast devoted to publishing audio versions of LGBTQ stories from authors of all backgrounds. Glittership was originally funded by a Kickstarter campaign in 2015, which blew past its base goal and reached several stretch goals beyond that increased the frequency of episodes as well as funding original episodes to be mixed in with the reprints.
Glittership is published, edited, and produced by Keffy R.M. Kehrli. If you follow Diabolical Plots and you recognize Keffy’s name, he’s also a writer whose stories have featured multiple times on previous Best Of podcast lists right here.
Glittership features short story authors you are probably already familiar with, and others that might be entirely new to you. Every story has major characters that are unambiguously within the umbrella of LGBTQ, but that’s not necessarily the focus of the plot of every story (though it might be sometimes). I’ve really enjoyed the podcast largely because I think that having a podcast with a broad range of story topics and types that include characters from this range of demographics can help normalize stories about these demographics, so that they feel less and less like the “other” and just become accepted as more stories that might be rip-roaring adventures or introspective literary stories or any number of other stories, not just defined by that single characteristic. Keffy has done a great job picking a variety of types of stories to show the variety of stories that can be called LGBTQ stories, and I am happy to help spread the word.
While Keffy generally doesn’t get into a lot of current politics in the episode commentary, it’s also worth checking out the intro to this episode which aired shortly after the US presidential election in 2016 about why he has decided to keep making the podcast.
This list covers the entire history of Glittership thus far since the first episode went live in April 2015. 49 episodes have been published to date, including a few multiple-story episodes, for a total of 55 stories. The latest issue has just started. Each issue is first available as an ebook for purchase, and then all of the stories are published on the podcast over the following several months, so if you want to read ahead, you can take advantage of that.
Every short story that is eligible for Hugo nominations this year which were first published by Glittership are marked with an asterisk (*), novelettes are marked with a double-asterisk.
1. “Sooner Than Gold” by Cory Skerry
A thief is enslaved by an enchantment to run errands for an unknown master. They finally get the chance to know to meet their enslaver.
2. “Seventh Day of the Seventh Moon” by Ken Liu
Legends tell of the daughter of the Emperor of Heaven and her lover separated by the River of Heaven who are reunited for one night a year. The protagonists of the story are chosen to be lifted up by birds to heaven to meet the legendary lovers.
3. “The Little Dream” by Robin M. Eames*
Sylvia’s superpowers of a minor variety are nice enough on the days that they work, which are also the days when her body is more cooperative.
4. “The End of the World in Five Dates” by Claire Humphrey
When you can see the end of the world coming… why take care of yourself?
5. “The Pond” by Aimee Ogden*
Messages from a lost child appear to his mother on the ice of the pond where he died.
6. “Into the Nth Dimension” by David D. Levine
The nefarious Dr. Diabolus’s newest invention transports the superhero of our story into the “real” world.
“For She is the Stars and the Sun Revolves Around Her” by Agatha Tan
“And the Blood of Dead Gods Will Mark the Score” by Gary Kloster
“How to Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps” by A. Merc Rustad