Melissa Scott is a science fiction and fantasy author noted for her science fiction novels featuring LGBT characters and elaborate settings.
She published her first novel in 1984, and has since written some two dozen science fiction and fantasy works, including three co-authored with her partner, Lisa A. Barnett.
Scott's work is known for the elaborate and well-constructed settings. While many of her protagonists are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, this is perfectly integrated into the rest of the story and is rarely a major focus of the story. Shadow Man, alone among Scott's works, focuses explicitly on issues of sexuality and gender.
She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction in 1986, and has won several Lambda Literary Awards.
In addition to writing, Scott also teaches writing, offering classes via her website and publishing a writing guide.
Scott lived with her partner, author Lisa A. Barnett, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire for 27 years, until the latter's death of breast cancer on May 2, 2006.
Lisa A. Barnett (ca. 1958 – May 2, 2006) was an American Lambda Literary Award winning science fiction writer.
Born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts, she attended the Girls' Latin School. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Boston with a bachelor's degree in English, Ms. Barnett worked at Baker's Plays before being hired as an editor at Heinemann publishing company in 1988.
She lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with her partner of more than two decades, author Melissa Scott, until her death from breast cancer and brain cancer on May 2, 2006.
She was also survived by two sisters, a brother and two nephews.
Point of Dreams: A Novel of Astreiant by Melissa Scott & Lisa A. Barnett
Paperback: 314 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (March 9, 2013)
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The city of Astreiant has gone crazy with enthusiasm for a new play, ''The Drowned Island,'' a lurid farrago of melodrama and innuendo. Pointsman Nicolas Rathe is not amused, however, at a real dead body on stage and must investigate. A string of murders follow, perhaps related to the politically important masque that is to play on that same stage. Rathe must once again recruit the help of his lover, former soldier Philip Eslingen, whose knowledge of actors and the stage, and of the depths of human perversity and violence, blends well with Rathe's own hard-won experience with human greed and magical mayhem.
Their task is complicated by the season, for it is the time of year when the spirits of the dead haunt the city and influence everyone, and also by the change in their relationship when the loss of Philip's job forces him to move in with Nicolas. Mystery, political intrigue, floral magic, astrology, and romance--both theatrical and personal-- combine to make this a compelling read.
A winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT Speculative Fiction!
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