Pub Date 07 Jan 2002
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Revised third edition eBook released in 2016.
In an alternate reality, Earth is the planet Valchondria. No illness exists, gay marriage is legal, and everyone is a person of color. The Iroquois constitution provided the model for a one-world government, partially led by scientists.
However, a group called “the Maintainers” carefully monitors everyone’s speech, actions, and weight. Long ago, the Maintainers provoked a shut-down of the space program, causing scientific advancement to decay.
The brilliant scientist Taldra sees her twin gay sons as the hope for Valchondria's future, but one of them becomes entangled in the cult of Degranon, while the other becomes stranded on the other side of a doorway through time. Can they find their way home and help Taldra save their world?
Winner, StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Award.
“So for those who want a thought provoking and fun sci-fi read, then I would highly recommend Degranon; so hover on over to the bookstore and check this one out.”—Blogger Girls
“In Degranon, author Duane Simolke establishes his voice in gay genre writing by combining current concerns revolving around queer culture with a world of dimensional doorways, advanced technology, and distant planets.” –X-Factor, October 1, 2004 issue “It's a very good story.” –HomoMojo.Com and I Must Be Dreaming
“A must read.” – Joe Wright, for StoneWall Society
“A reminder of the danger of fanaticism.” –Mark Kendrick, author of Stealing Some Time
“Duane Simolke's latest offering is a fascinating scifi excursion into a world as unique as his singular vision.” –Ronald L. Donaghe, author of Cinátis
“I recommend DEGRANON for its exciting, well-constructed narrative, its often intriguing characters, and its wealth of ideas both political and philosophical.” –J. Clark
“DEGRANON is sci-fi that warrants the attention of any serious aficionado, gay or straight, fascinated by alien worlds that mirror our own world.” –William Maltese, author of Beyond Machu