Sunchales, Speaking for Urania

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Hello. I'm an androgyne whose main interests are early twentieth-century literature and SF. My favorite narrative tropes are time travel, lost continents, demons and witches, talking animals, and oceanic settings.

What I relish unreservedly: C. L. Moore's Northwest Smith and Jirel of Joiry stories, Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, most of H. P. Lovecraft's fiction, Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, Clark Ashton Smith's Hyperborean cycle, George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, the smell of old books, the works of Jerry Mander, Julia Serano, and Kate Bornstein.

What I enjoy but don't enshrine: Jane Gaskell's Atlan series, Isaac Asimov's Robot stories, J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, most Pixar films, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars (original trilogy).

What I appreciate primarily for camp value or as "guilty pleasures": V. C. Andrews's output, bodice-rippers from the 1970s and '80s.

What I found mostly forgettable despite my best intentions: Bat out of Hell III, Frozen, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Things that make my skin crawl: Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files, Objectivism, gender essentialism, the "murder your darlings" dictum, Freudian analysis, sex-positivity, stating opinion as fact, secular humanist science fiction, people who complain about political correctness.

The three things for which I reserve my most fiery loathing: 1) Projecting one's selfishness onto others and then using that as a defense for one's own selfishness. 2) The belief that people on the autism spectrum need to justify their existence by "finding better applications" for their obsessive personalities. 3) Maintaining spiritual or egalitarian beliefs of any sort and then denying that transsexualism and/or non-binary genders exist.