‘A Symposium in Space’ Snippet

Here’s my contribution to #RainbowSnippets! Every Saturday, we Snippeteers share six sentences of GLBT fiction. It can anything from fantasy to suspense to drama. To check out a wide of variety of awesome GLBT snippets, look for #RainbowSnippets!

I’m sharing a little of my recently released f/f science fiction story, ‘A Symposium in Space’.

I glanced uneasily at my empty plate. I’d heard rumors of Agathea–how she fed upon thoughts and words as much as food. I hadn’t thought such a thing possible. Agathea often liked to inspire her dinner guests to offer up deeper conversation than the usual polite topics. The deeper the topic, the greater her sustenance. This was why she’d asked Sokrat here.

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10 thoughts on “‘A Symposium in Space’ Snippet

    1. Thank you! She was a lot of fun to write. Agathea was inspired by Agathon in Plato’s original ‘Symposium’, who was a pretty, somewhat effete young man who’d won an award for his tragedy. He made a very pretty speech about love, which Socrates shredded. 🙂 As I created a somewhat decadent futuristic setting for this particular symposium, my host became the embodiment of the technology, which Phaedra finds intimidating and a bit menacing. The idea of having her feed upon the words and emotions embodied with those words came to me, as I was writing this, which made the whole dinner party a lot more interesting. :)=

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    1. Thank you! As I said above, she surprised me pleasantly as I was writing her. I loved the beautiful speech Agathon made in the original ‘Symposium’ and I loved how Socrates ripped it to shreds even more. I decided Sokrat shouldn’t have quite as easy prey at this symposium. 🙂 A dinner party where everyone talks about love is a theme I love to revisit, because I adored Plato’s original ‘Symposium’ (when I read it in college, I found it a real eye opener about how perspective could differ from person to person, as well as how perspective can be challenged), but it sounds a little dull. Agathea’s way of entertaining her guests and being entertained added a little menacing spice to the whole thing, plus it brought to life to the mood of technological decadence I was trying to create.

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    1. Why, thank you! (blushes) You’ve really made my day with this compliment! Especially since I’m not sure how interesting I am, rattling on about Plato. (wry grin) I’m come to learn I’m a distinct minority, as a combination otaku/classics/science fiction/fantasy/GLBT individualist, but because I’m that combo, I find Plato’s Socrates fascinating. It’s a loving tribute that’s triumphed over history, since we don’t know as much about the real Socrates as we do about Plato’s Paragon. 🙂 I’m never sure how many people share my fascination or my interest in the subject. Writing ‘A Symposium in Space’ was my own homage to Plato ‘Symposium’, in a way his Socrates was completely understand. 🙂 It delights me to no end knowing someone else is enjoying my articles!

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