I've been watching and listening to the LGBTQ+ community regarding Persephone Station. Representation is vital for SF as a genre. That said, I knew I'd make mistakes along the way. (I already have in previous books.) The point is to listen and improve. My philosophy is: mistakes bring experience. Experience brings wisdom. Make all the mistakes you can (without harming others) so you can be wise! If you harm someone, apologize. Mistakes are education from the Hard Knocks School. You can't reap the benefits of that education without accepting responsibility.
When I wrote Persephone Station I didn't provide for a method of insuring that characters that did not know one another could provide their preferred pronouns. I should've given that more thought. I'm sorry. I'll do better in the future.
Persephone Station is my first Science Fiction novel and it's finally out. It's been getting a lot of praise and well...I wanted to collect all the buzz in one place to make it easier on everyone. So, here goes!
Chicago Review of Books: "Leicht creates a fascinating, compelling universe that combines the violent, human-settled frontier with the strange, unique beauty and alluring intricacies of diverse life forms across the galaxy."
Book Riot's JANUARY 2021 HOROSCOPES AND BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS calls it "gritty, queer space opera." They also listed it as one of the books they're looking forward to reading.
Amazon's Best Books of the Month lists Persephone Station in its Editors' Picks: Best Science Fiction & Fantasy
Over at PaulSemel.com an Exclusive Interview: Persephone Station Author Stina Leicht
And another interview on BookPage: Diving into the sci-fi end of the genre pool with the accompanying review: "Persephone Station gifts the reader with a positive, entertaining story of grit and determination in which the will to do good prevails despite great cost."
Here's the Nerd Daily Review: "Persephone Station is a solid read, one that will whisk you away into space, on an alien planet, on a wild ride. Those who are looking for action and remarkable plot will adore this one." It's also mentioned in 15 Queer SFF Books To Look Out For In 2021 And here is the interview.
Lone Star Review: PERSEPHONE STATION ''Ms. Leicht’s new saga spans more than five hundred pages yet keeps surging forward at an enjoyable and engrossing pace.''
This is my essay for Tor.com: Five SFF Characters You Want to Trust, but Probably Shouldn’t and here's My Favorite Bit over on Mary Robinette Kowal's site.
Bustle Magazine mentioned Persephone Station in its Start Off the New Year with These Buzzy New Books list. It was also mentioned on their Let These New Books Be A Balm For Your Winter Blues list too! "Two nearly immortal people battle for the fate of their benefactors in this romping new space opera."
And here's another interview at Cultress: Stina Leicht talks the strong representation in Persephone Station
Bookstr mentioned Persephone Station as a book they're excited about.
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