The Worth of a Shell, Stone Moon 1

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cns-cover-shell-frontcoverBorn to a harsh world, we Jokka have evolved three sexes to survive: neuter, male and female. Twice in our lives we may change from one to another. A change we accept with grace… or resignation. It was our way. …until one female defied all tradition: Dlane Ashoi-anadi, revolutionary, intentionally childless, runaway.

This is not her story.

This is mine.

I am Thenet Reña-eperu, female-guardian, voice of orthodoxy… and Dlane’s first and dearest companion. This is the tale of how we changed each other… and how that changed everything.

Genre (setting): low fantasy (Jokka)
Tags: aliens, no-humans, neuters, trisexual, asexual, romance, low tech
Rating: R for rape, violence

 


Pearl in the Void, Stone Moon 2

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When emissaries of the Stone Moon arrive in het Narel, Keshul, the charlatan seer of House Akkadin, is suspicious. Who are these prosperous, well-fed people, and why do they care whether the Houses of het Narel have better wells and healthier crops? It doesn’t take long for Keshul to see the breadth of their ambitions and to know they must be fought. But in that battle he discovers that bringing about the downfall of the Stone Moon may undo everything its emperor has planned for the species… including its survival.
Is freedom the price the Jokka must pay to stave off extinction? And what price will Keshul be forced to personally pay to see his mission to its end?

Genre (setting): low fantasy (Jokka)
Tags: aliens, no-humans, neuters, trisexual, asexual, romance, low tech
Rating: R for rape, violence

 


A Bloom in the North, Stone Moon 3

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The Stone Moon empire is ascendant… and so brutal it is forcing its own people into dissent. But when imperial enforcer Pathen Ures-emodo turns fugitive, he finds himself inheriting a decimated rebellion with a missing leader. There’s no winning a war against the Stone Moon with the two hundred Jokka he has left. His only choice? To hide his people in plain sight as dutiful members of the empire… and maybe, just maybe, transform that empire from within. He has a narrow window of opportunity: the emperor of the Stone Moon is on a ship with his most steadfast enemy, sailing north in search of an answer for the mind-death. Can Pathen and his House of dissidents survive until they return? What mysteries will Roika and Thenet uncover in the north? And will the Stone Moon still reign supreme over Ke Bakil when it’s over?

The final book of the Stone Moon trilogy concludes the story of Thenet, whose love for a woman started a rebellion that would change the world.

Genre (setting): low fantasy (Jokka)
Tags: aliens, no-humans, neuters, trisexual, asexual, romance, low tech
Rating: R for violence

 


Clays Beneath the Skies, Short Story Collection

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clays-coverThe false diviner whose prophecies turn out to be true… the storyteller who risks everything to explore the taboo of cross-sex love… the traders who dare to explore the furthest reaches of the map and the runaway who learns to heal. Clays Beneath the Skies collects seven stories of the Jokka of Ke Bakil, an alien species with two chances at puberty to change sexes: female, neuter or male… a species crushed between the harshness of their world and the imperatives of biology. Whether it’s creating a new religion or choosing to accept the hand of a strange male in a dance, each Jokkad makes sense of its world in its own way.

Seven voices. Seven choices. A completely alien world. Come explore.

Illustrated volume, includes the Strange Horizon’s Reader’s Choice story “Unspeakable,” and the Tiptree Reading List story “Freedom, Spiced and Drunk.” With special foreword by Hugo Award-winning editor Susan Marie Groppi.

Genre (setting): low fantasy (Jokka)
Tags: aliens, no-humans, neuters, trisexual, asexual, religion, romance, low tech
Rating: PG-13 for implied sexual situations