Don Sakers had been queering science fiction and fantasy for three decades. Meat and Machine collects 24 short pieces of science fiction, fantasy, nonfiction, and erotica. Meet Mauzy Broadway, a genderless alien with a career as a female impersonator; Bobby (who went to Vietnam), Kevin (who stayed home), and the weird power that brought them together; Captain Quasar, superhero with a secret; Nicol and Eryn, lesbian couple living on the fringes of a colony world; as well as many other gays, lesbians, drag queens, bad boys, and a centaur or two.
Don Sakers was launched the same month as Sputnik One, so it was perhaps inevitable that he should become a science fiction writer. A Navy brat by birth, he spent his childhood in such far-off lands as Japan, Scotland, Hawaii, and California. In California, rather like a latter-day Mowgli, he was raised by dogs.
As a writer and editor, he has explored the thoughts of sapient trees (The Leaves of October), brought ghosts to life (Carmen Miranda's Ghost is Haunting Space Station Three, Baen 1989), and beaten the "Cold Equations" scenario ("The Cold Solution," Analog 7/91, voted best short story of the year.)
Sakers is a member of the CoastLine SF Writers Group. He has taught sf-writing through Howard Community ... (more)