Top Gay SF and Fantasy Shows

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Ever since the days of the original “Star Trek” series and perhaps even earlier, fans have been imagining gay relationships between characters in various shows, but very few programmes deliberately show openly gay or implied gay relationships or characters.  Here is a collection of some of the science-fiction and fantasy series that do.

The Untamed” (2019)

The Untamed screencap boatBased on a massively popular BL (Boy Love) novel, “The Untamed” Chinese fantasy series was a world-wide hit when it was released last year.  The gay romance, although only implied, was left intact in this 50-episode series and the slowly developing relationship between the main characters, Wei Wuxian (played by Xiao Zhan) and Lan Zhan (Wang Yibo), is poignant and beautifully written.  The fantasy world is rich and the plot is engrossing, centred around the life of Wei Wuxian, who develops a style of magic that puts him at odds with all the major clans.

Because the novel, “Mo Dao Zu Shi” (aka “The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation”), was already so well-known before the series came out, this series has a massive fan base.  There is enough English fan fiction to keep the most avid reader happy and some of the cast meet up when schedules allow as The Untamed Boys pop group.  There is also a wealth of behind the scenes footage from the series available on YouTube and various cast interviews with English subtitles.  The series has one spin-off film, “The Living Dead“, released – although, sadly, not on Netflix – with another film in production at the moment, so interest in this show is likely to remain high for a long time.

Watch it now on Netflix with English subtitles.

Good Omens” (2019)

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Based on the hit novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, this 6-part series was created by Amazon and the BBC and aired last year.  Starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen, it has a demon, Crowley, and an angel, Aziraphale, teaming up to stop an apocalypse.  Since the two main characters have not really had anyone else but each other to develop a relationship with since they appeared at the dawn of time on Earth, they have an unexpectedly affectionate relationship.  Crowley tries to convince Aziraphale to run away with him any number of times and the two of them constantly exchange adoring glances.

Along with the original novel, there is a lot of fan fiction available to read and some beautiful fan art.

Watch it now on Amazon Prime or buy the series on DVD.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” (2016)

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This American show is based on a series of Douglas Adams novels and stars Samuel Barnett and Elijah Wood.  Two seasons have been released.  This show has had mixed reactions, largely because the plot confused some people, but it all makes sense in the end and the characters are well-developed and interesting.

Dirk is written as a gay character – and played by a gay actor – in this version of the story and much of the first season centres on his bromance with Todd, although it never develops into a romantic relationship and the second season suggests that Todd is interested in a female character.

The plots involve time travel, an alien world and various murders to be solved in Dirk’s unique holistic style.

You can see this series on Netflix or on DVD.

Guardian” (2018 Chinese series)

Guardian” is a 40-episode fantasy drama based on a much loved Chinese Boy Love

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novel.  The show faced various problems, with many of its themes and even the open inclusion of a gay romance being illegal to broadcast due to current Chinese laws.   This meant that the plot of the series was flawed and many fans were unhappy with its changed ending.  Despite this, it is worth a look because of a beautifully portrayed romance between its main characters, Zhao Yunlan (Bai Yu) and Shen Wei (Zhu Yilong).

The show plot avoids censorship issues by changing the fantasy plot (involving gods and ghosts) of the novel into a science-fiction story where two races exist on Earth and Zhao Yunlan’s agency looks into crimes involving the alien race.

The strong fan love for the novel ensures that there is plenty of English fan fiction to read as well as a fan-translation into English of the original novel.

The series is available to watch on YouTube with English subtitles.

“Torchwood” (2006)

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Captain Jack Harkness originally appeared in “Doctor Who” and then got his own spin-off series.  He was one of the first openly gay characters to appear in a mainstream SF show.  A number of gay and lesbian relationships are shown in the series but the one between main character, Jack, and Ianto is the one fans tend to love.

The show followed an agency that solved extraterrestrial crimes.

If you enjoy the romance between Captain Jack and Ianto, you might want to stop watching after season 2, as sadly it doesn’t have a happy ending, except in fan fiction.

Torchwood” is available on Amazon Prime and on DVD.

Honorable Mentions

Shadowhunters promo imageShadowhunters: Mortal Instruments” (2016) – This 55-episode US show, based on the set of novels by Cassandra Clare, featured a popular romance among 2 non-lead characters: warlock, Magnus Bane (Harry Shum Jr), and shadowhunter, Alec Lightwood (Matthew Daddario).   The show followed central character, Clary, whose mother vanished.  Clary then discovered a supernatural world existing within the regular world.  This show is available on Netflix and DVD.

Teen Wolf” (2011) – During the 6 seasons of this popular paranormal Young Adult series starring Tyler Posey and Dylan O’Brien, there were various gay and straight relationships shown.  The main characters had gay friends and, in a pleasant change from usual, no one was ever bullied for being gay.  The plot involved the main character, Scott, being turned into a werewolf and was loosely based on the Michael J Fox film of the same name. It is available to watch on Netflix and on DVD.

Once Upon a Time in Lingjian Mountain” (Chinese drama, 2019) – Although the main character, Wang Lu, eventually gets together with a female character, he manages to flirt non-stop with his best friend, Hai Yun Fan, for all 37 episodes of this parody of the Chinese fantasy genre.  The show has over-the-top humour and a crazy plot but if you want something that will make you smile, give it a try.  (If the series bromance isn’t enough for you, there are behind-the-scenes videos on YouTube of scenes too gay to escape the censors, featuring Wang Lu and Hai Yun Fan bathing together and Wang Lu repeatedly trying to kiss Hai Yun Fan.)  Available to watch with English subtitles on Netflix.

If there are SF and fantasy shows with major gay characters or gay romances that I’ve missed, I would love to hear about them.  Just comment below.

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Gay Book News for April 2020

Here are some of the most popular new releases in gay SF and fantasy novels from last month.

Forbidden Magic (Magic & Claws 1) by Liam Kingsley and Jill Haven – A mage and a shifter have to overcome their differences and work together to protect their home.

A Vigil in the Mourning (Soulbound 4) by Hailey Turner – Not a standalone novel.  Patrick and Jono faces new difficulties in the latest book of the urban fantasy series set in a world combining myth and the paranormal.

The Prince’s Dragon (Fire and Valor 2) by W.M. Fawkes and Sam Burns – Tristram fights to protect his beloved king in the second book in this dragon-shifter fantasy series.  (Not a standalone.)

Head On Collision (Hart Medical Center 4) by Shea Balik – Not a standalone novel since there is an ongoing stalker plot in the series.  The fourth book in this series includes a new romance between an omega who is fighting to stop his child being taken away from him and the man who is helping him with his custody battle.

Handsome Death by Sara Dobie Bauer – Dark erotic paranormal romance featuring vampire, Ethan, who grows obsessed with Tristan, wanting to protect him while fighting his own desire.

No One Likes Humans (Detectives in Space 1) by Clare Solomon – Yes, it’s mine!  The first book in my new m/m SF mystery series was released last month and there will be 2 more books out this month and in June.   When Nick Thomson gets stranded on a dangerous alien world while working on a murder case, he runs into handsome stranger, Reese, who has his own secret agenda.

New Gay Science-Fiction Detective Novel Series

I’m excited to announce that I have the first three books in my new m/m series for release over the next three months.  “No One Likes Humans (Detectives in Space 1)” is available for pre-order now at Amazon for just £0.99/$0.99, with a release date of 21 April and, by the time that’s released, the second book, “Ensnared“,  will also be available for pre-order.

The series will have a slow-burn gay romance that will develop gradually over the first two books but the mysteries will be the main plot, set on various planets and space stations.  So far, in these three books, there is a murder, a kidnapping and a theft to solve, plus a hidden mystery and the Ensnared (Detectives in Space 2)secrets that both the main characters are hiding, so there will be plenty of excitement and intrigue.

Here is the description for the first book:-

He can’t trust the murder suspects he’s investigating, but he thought he could at least trust the people he works with.

Nick Thomson has been having a bad day for the last four years. As part of the Prince Detective Agency he and his sister Poppy frequently risk their lives to solve cases across the galaxy, only to have Captain Prince take all the credit.

Everyone Has Secrets (Detectives in Space 3)Nick ends up stranded alone on an alien planet, in danger of freezing to death, being enslaved by slavers or trodden on by a giant sea monster. When the most handsome man he’s ever seen shows up he’s certain his luck is improving. He’s wrong.

Reese Zail Kintore is smart and resourceful but he has secrets upon secrets and helping Nick is just the first step in a larger plan.

Discover excitement, danger, humour and a touch of romance with the first book in this science-fiction mystery series.

M/M News for January 2020

Find the latest information on new m/m science-fiction, paranormal and fantasy here

News

Marvel’s new superhero film, “The Eternals“, due out in November 2020, will include Phastos, a gay character played by actor Brian Tyree Henry, so look out for upcoming trailers for that.  The film is about a group of immortal aliens living on earth and the cast is headed by Angelina Jolie and Kit Harington.  Find out more at Marvel’s website.

Popular New Releases

Episode 1: The Paranormal Academy for Troubled Boys (PATB Serial) by Sadie Sins- Wylie has demon blood and his enemies want to put him in a cage.  His only hope is to join the Academy but he will have to convince sorcerer Theodore first.

The Alpha & His King (Kincaid Pack 1) by Kiki Clark – The alpha of a pack finds his life thrown into turmoil when he meets an omega who is struggling to protect his siblings from danger.

Breaking Barriers (Hart Medical Center 1) by Shea Balik – Jamal is an omega cop who is used to facing prejudice.  When he nearly dies in surgery, alpha doctor Brace Jacobs fights to save him.

Dravyn’s Garden (D’Vaire 15) by Jessamyn Kingley – A dragon shifter looks forward to finding his fated mate but faces heartbreak when druid Killian rejects him.

The Enchanter’s Heart (The Ellwood Chronicles 4) by Michele Notaro – The final book in this series sees Sebastian and Ailin facing their worst battle facing a dark magic threat and it might cost one of their lives to win it.

Legend of the Bunny Man (Urban Legends 3) by Catherine Lievens – Cade takes on the case of a ghost serial killer.

M/M Fantasy Novels To Look Out For In 2020

Find new novels to look forward to with this list of some of the amazing m/m fantasy books due out in 2020.

Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle 1) by Adam Silvera – Due for release on 14 January 2020, this urban fantasy by a best-selling author sees two brothers getting involved with the Spell Walkers and a magical war.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune – Due out in March, this is the new urban fantasy novel by this popular author.  Linus Baker must protect the world from magical danger while Arthur Parnassus only wants to protect the children in his orphanage, bringing the two men into opposition with each other.

The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos – Due to be released in May in hardback, this Young Adult urban fantasy has three friends who possess magic facing first love and danger.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas – Due out in June, this novel has trans boy, Yadriel, summoning the wrong ghost and helping to solve the spirit’s death.

Fragile Remedy by Maria Ingrande Mora – Also due to be released in June – Genetically engineered Nate has been alone since he was young but he finally finds a home with misfit scavengers, including Reed.  What will happen when they learn the truth of who he is?

The Lost Book of the White (The Eldest Curses 2) by Cassandra Clare – Due out in September, the newest Shadowhunter novel continues the adventures of warlock Magnus Bane and his shadowhunter boyfriend, Alex.

 

M/M Book News for December 2019

The Latest News on m/m Science-Fiction, Fantasy and Paranormal Books

New Releases

Storm Boys (Storm Riders 1) by Davis Lavender – Devlin plays a song that summons three gods who used to be enemies.  The men must accept their need for each other to fight an ancient evil.  This is the first book in a gay harem fantasy series.

A King to be Protected (Our King, Our Master 2) by Brea Alepou – This is the second novel in a gay harem fantasy series about a magical group of people who live alongside humans.  Titus struggles to keep control of his people while relying on his keepers to help him.

Loose Ends (Badlands 4) by Morgan Brice – Psychic medium, Simon, and his detective lover, Vic, must cope with dangerous spirits and the threat of someone trying to ruin Simon.

Wren and Oak (The Rowan Harbor Cycle 9) by Sam Burns – The final book in this fantasy series has Fletcher facing the deadly Summer King.

The Hanged Man (The Tarot Sequence 2) by K. D. Edwards – Rune and Brand face increasing danger in the second fantasy novel in this popular series about a modern-day Atlantis.

Demon Heart (Blade and Dust 2) by Rhys Lawless – Wade and Caleb face supernatural attacks in the second novel in this urban fantasy series.

M/M Book News for November 2019

The latest news on m/m science-fiction, fantasy and paranormal books

M/M Articles and Interviews

There is an interview with “Star Wars” actor Oscar Isaac here about a possible romantic relationship between his character, Poe, and  Finn and said there would be plenty of scenes between the men in the upcoming film.

Read an interview with Erin Morgenstern, author of  new gay fantasy novel, “The Starless Sea“, and the massively popular fantasy novel, “The Night Circus“.

New Releases

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – gay fantasy novel by the author of “The Night Circus” about a young man who finds a mysterious book that leads him to strange places and to a man called Dorian.

The Black Prince by Ariana Nash – dark fantasy novel where a lost dragon prince and a mercenary elf try to avoid falling in love in a dangerous world.  (Takes place in the ‘Silk & Steel’ universe but can be read as a standalone.)

Dragonel (Cryptomorphs 1) by Tiegan Clyne – Sebastian is part human and part beast and is desperate to escape the existence he was born into.  Christopher is a veterinarian who looks after him and knows more about him than he will say.

Soul Magic (The Triad of Magic 3) by Macy Blake and Poppy Dennison – a werewolf and vampire are drawn together as their lives grow more dangerous in the final book in this series.

His Protective Mates (Broken Oaks Pack 1) by L.N. Manning – Marcus is running for his life when he meets mated alphas J-Rod and Aaron.  Will they be able to help him and all find a new kind of relationship together?

Coloring Outside the Lines (Miracle Salvation Island 1) by Shea Balik – Shifter novel set in the ‘Miracle’ universe about two men, who have both suffered in the past, finding each other.

 

 

 

Gay M/M Book News for October

Gay News

The US Supreme Court is currently deciding whether to change laws to prevent discrimination against LGBTQ people in the workplace.

A new app that claims to be able to say how gay a person is from their genes has caused massive arguments and concern recently.

There has been a lot of debate over a recent comment by British politician Dawn Butler that 90% of giraffes are gay and that people shouldn’t treat sexuality as such a big deal.

NBC News has put together a list of 16 must-read books for October’s 25th anniversary of LGBTQ History month.

New M/M Book Releases

Heartsong (Green Creek 3) by T J Klune – There is a new romance in the Green Creek werewolf pack, between Robbie and Kelly, but will it lead to tragedy when Kelly is accused of being a traitor? (This is the official e-book copy of the book. Apparently there is some dispute about whether the paperbacks should legally be sold, since the publishers are allegedly not paying royalties.)

Rowan and the Wolf by Lisa Oliver – Omega Rowan has always had bad luck but will it change for better or worse when alpha Shadow shows an interest in him?

Worship (On My Knees Duet 1) by Ella James – After a night of wild passion, will Luke and Vance be able to find something more lasting together?

The King’s Dragon (Fire and Valor 1) by W. M. Fawkes and Sam Burns – Lord Tristram must keep his identity as a dragon shifter from everyone around him, including the dangerous Bet Kyston, who works for the king.

Rocket Science by K.M. Neuhold – Elijah wants to get his PhD, not develop even more of a crush than ever on his best friend’s older brother, Pax.  He doesn’t believe Pax could ever be interested in him but this theory might just turn out to be completely wrong.

Mastering the Flames (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer 4) by SJ Himes – Can sorcerer Isaac and vampire Constantine put their bad history behind them and have a future together?

Gay M/M News July 2019

LGBTQ Entertainment News

Nick Robinson, the star of “Love, Simon“, will appear as Jem Finch in the Broadway production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” from this November.  This will be the second time he has taken on this character, having first appeared on stage as Jem.

Netflix threatened to sue Boston’s Straight Pride after the group suggested Netflix would be sponsoring an anti-LGBTQ event.  An e-mail from Netflix told them, “Our legal department is here, it’s queer and it’s telling you to steer clear”.

Duncan James, formerly in the boy-band “Blue“, said on Twitter that he “couldn’t get over the amazing response, comments and love from people” after he posted an Instagram photo of himself and his boyfriend.

Marvel’s first LGBTQ movie character will be Valkyrie, played by Tessa Thompson, who appeared in “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Avengers: Endgame” and is due to get an LGBTQ romance in “Thor: Love and Thunder“, due to be released in 2021.  Marvel has stated that there will be more LGBTQ characters in their films in the future.

New M/M Book Releases

Arthur Rex: Ex Lapis by J. A. Cummings is the second novel in this series about King Arthur, with the title character in this world being gay.  As the new High King, Arthur – with Merlin beside him – struggles to unite the tribes within Britannia and fight the country’s enemies.

Patron of Mercy (Lords of the Underworld 3) by Sam Burns and W. M. Fawkes – After breaking the heart of Thanatos, god of merciful death, Lach is back to pull him into a new adventure and try to get a second chance at winning his heart.

Treasure Trail by Morgan Brice – Ex-law enforcement officer, Erik, and ex-cop, Ben, meet in Cape May and reluctantly join forces to use their psychic gifts against various paranormal enemies.  This is the first book in a new series.

King Me (Forever Wilde Series) by Lucy Lennox – An art thief and an FBI agent have to team up and put aside their differences to recover a priceless artifact.

Refrain (Rockstar Series) by Anne Mercier – After past abuse, Ethan finds a man he can trust in this new novel in the series.  (This series has an ongoing plot, so this shouldn’t be read as a standalone book.)

There are also new audio books this month from Rhys Ford – Jacked Cat Jive (Kai Gracen 3) – and Isobel Starling – Apple Boy: The Quiet Work 1.

Gay M/M News for June 2019

Entertainment News

A new music video by Queen, Time Waits for No One, has previewed on YouTube this week.  This is an early version of the song that eventually became the 1986 hit, Time.

Taylor Swift has released a new music video, You Need to Calm Down, which has an LGBTQ theme and LGBTQ guest celebrities in it.

New E-Book Releases

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh – Mythology and gay romance combine in this unusual fantasy.  Tobias lives an unchanging life in the forest until a handsome new arrival takes over Greenhollow Hall.

Once Upon a Time (Calluvia’s Royalty Book 3) by Alessandra Hazard – Science-fiction romance that is part of a series but can be read as a standalone.  Prince Jamil is known as the Ice Prince, a proper man who always does his duty, but when he meets criminal Rohan at the Royal Stables, his life is set to be turned upside down.

Always Mine (Love in Eden 1) by Sloane Kennedy – Two teenage boys fell in love but one of them nearly destroyed the other’s family and ended up in prison.  Now, years later, they are about to meet again.

Stars Awoken: A LitRPG Apocalypse by Tao Wong – The seventh book in this popular series sees John travelling beyond earth and taking on the Galactic Society.

Single (Single Dads 1) by RJ Scott – When Ash is abandoned by his lover, he goes ahead with the planned surrogacy and becomes father to baby, Mia.  She intends to devote all his love to her, a decision that proves difficult when a caring doctor moves in next door.