Fantasy and speculative fiction is the topic of the day! Austin and Amanda throw around some loose definitions, give examples of their favorite queer fantasy (send Amanda more gaslamp manuscripts!). and writing fantasy with romance in it vs writing romance in a fantasy setting. They answer some questions from Twitter and wonder why people bother to transplant real-life oppression into fantastical settings.
Austin and Amanda are big nerds who cry at Lord of the Rings, call out Mass Effect Andromeda, and demand more gay elves.
Authors and books mentioned in the episode, as well as some others to check out:
Sam Argent - Sebastian (Family of Lies)
KJ Charles - A Charm of Magpies
Cassandra Clare - Infernal Devices
Kirby Crow - Scarlet and the White Wolf
Lynn Flewelling - The Nightrunner Series
Rachel Haimowitz - Song of the Fallen series
Jesse Hajicek - The God Eaters
Ginn Hale (includes Lord of the White Hell, Wicked Gentlemen, and the Rifter series)
Jordan L Hawke - Whyborne & Griffin
Ellen Kushner (includes Swordspoint and Tremontaine, which also features Racheline Maltese and Malinda Lo)
C.S. Pacat - Captive Prince trilogy
C.M. Spivey - From Under the Mountain
There's also some Goodreads lists like this one, fantasy with gay MCs.