Mar 12, 2015
Michael Moorcock: Bisexual Decadence at the End of Time
Except for the Dancers at the End of Time (1972-76), a series of novels set in the far, far, far, FAR distant future, when the few remaining humans have practically infinite power. They can change the shape of the continents and the color of the sky, instantly. No one has been born or died for thousands of years; they can be killed, but their friends resurrect them again.
Beings with names like Lord Jagged, Werner de Goethe, the Duke of Queens, Mistress Christia the Everlasting Concubine, Lord Shark the Unknown, and the Iron Orchid spend their time in aesthetic revelry and partygoing.
Sounds like the Aesthete-Decadent Movement of the late 19th century, with power rings.
And substantial beefcake.
They can change their sizes and shapes in order to produce more aesthetically pleasing effects, and what could be more aesthetically pleasing than a gigantic lavender penis?
1. Miss Amelia Underwood, a time traveler from the Victorian Era, is horrified when Jherek Carnelian nonchalantly admits to having sex with "a male friend'!
2. An alien named Yusharisp warns them that they have expended so much energy in their various schemes that the heat death of the universe is imminent. Jherek Carnelian doesn't really believe him, but thinks it would be a lark to accompany him through the universe, warning people.
Yusharisp comes to believe that Jherek is in love with him!
That's a lot more gay content than most science fiction of the 1970s. Actually, it's a lot more gay content than most science fiction today.
See also: Xanth; Samuel Delaney.