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by Toby Johnson
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0938743139, Paperback)Secret Matter is a science-fiction romance novel. It won a 1990 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Science Fiction. In 1999, it was one of five books nominated to be the first ever inducted into the Gay Lesbian Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
The story tells of the arrival of a race of aliens. They have cameleon-like autonomic functions in their skin coloration which reveal their emotional and psychological states. Thus they are fundamentally unable to lie. For them homosexual activity is consistent with their biology and normal in their culture. Recognizing our society's objection to homosexual activity, however, they try to hide their true nature. The tension created between the two cultures confuses their mission in coming to our world.
The plot is a sweet love story about the relationship between a young gay man and one of the aliens. Through several levels the protagonist slowly uncovers the truth about the aliens' "secret life," including, finally, the fact that they aren't really alien at all, but rather come from a parallel world of Earth. The punch line is that in the creation myth of the Garden of Eden in their world their "Adam & Eve" did NOT commit original sin and their reward was both their inability to hide the truth and their homosexuality. The novel is about the importance of coming out and the innocence of gay experience.
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Winner of a Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Science Fiction and bestselling novel, Secret Matter returns to print--and to Kindle--in a revised edition for the 21st century. By Toby Johnson, author of Gay Perspective, ". . . a writer with a positive vision and a wonderful attitude" --Philadelphia Gay News When human-like Visitors arrive in the skies, the mysteries begin. Where are they really from? Why have they come to Earth? What's the secret they're protecting? And why is one of them apparently flirting with the young architect Kevin Anderson who's just moved to San Francisco to help in the rebuilding after the "Big One," the earthquake that destroyed the City. Were the Visitors responsible? Or have they come to save the Earth from more such immense earthquakes & disasters? Enjoy discovering the "secrets." BONUS with this edition:"Adam and Steve"--a whimsical tale by Toby Johnson about a profound insight.
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