George Nader (Beyond Atlantis) wrote LGBT Sci-Fi

So I was looking up George Nader on Wikipedia (like you do), and learned that not only was he gay, but he had been with his partner for 55 years, and that they had been friends and a found family with Rock Hudson (Avalanche) .

After retiring from acting, he wrote Chrome, “a science-fiction novel dealing positively with a same-sex relationship.” George Nader - Wikipedia Amazon reviews are fairly positive, and the book goes for a lot of money.

I thought others might be interested in this. I’m going track down a copy of this book.

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According to @ItsJustAShow , it was misogynistic and/or anti-feminist. So be prepared for that. :disappointed:

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On top of that, he starred in the classic “Robot Monster”. :slight_smile:

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Oh, that’s a shame. :frowning:

It’s still an impressive, and brave, thing to write about during that period, though. These days just about everybody in what I write is LGBTQ in some way, which will hopefully remain a possibility in the next few years.

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And Million Eyes of Sumuru. You’ll get a heapin’ helpin’ of woman-hatin’ in that one as well.

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Yeah, I just didn’t want anyone wading in without knowing what to expect.

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It’s good to know in advance with some of these older works. I’ve read a few things where it’s all “hey, this is really progressive for the time” and then, turn the page,… Oh. :neutral_face:

Sometimes knowing what to expect makes it easier to process and focus on the things they actually did right.

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Yyyyeah… [sigh] When we read Eudora Welty in 8th or 9th Grade, they pruned out the N-Bomb. Imagine my shock years later when I saw the not-all-ages versions and that word was all over the place. :dizzy_face: (See also: Hemmingway. But I never liked his writing anyway.)

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Well, I’m sad to say that I’m pretty used to that by now. But I definitely appreciate the warning. Thank you. :slight_smile:

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As Mayor Quimby said, “it can be two things”. I think it can be fascinating seeing works like that that are surprisingly forward in some ways and very much of their era in others - it shows how far we’ve come, if nothing else.

Star Trek comes to mind here (like it does a lot for me); it did a nice job from the start with race and international representations, but it took a long time to get to a decent place with LGBTQ characters and plots.

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I read George Nader, but I was thinking Ralph Nader. I thought, he always seemed pretty dull I didn’t know he got freaky like that!

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That photo works great if you mentally add “I wish my brother George was here” in the Liberace voice.

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R.N. is so about not getting any freak on that he went all the way around to being a stone cold freak again. (But better-dressed than Measuring Man.)

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Roddenberry had a phobia about women wielding any kind of power, though, apparently.

I remember going to a lecture he gave that finished off with ‘The Cage’ (not available otherwise at that time) and the audience ‘oinking’ at some of Pike’s sexist remarks.

And let’s not forget ‘Turnabout Intruder’.

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lol. Can’t forget TNG’s “The Drumhead.”

“Old Women are evil. Goodnight, Everyone.” :roll_eyes:

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720 freaky style

Ed Wood wrote softcore porn books. I’ve always wanted to read them, but I’ve been kind of afraid to.

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LOL, I’ll be honest. When I was drafting this, I had automatically typed Ralph Nader.

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Yeah, I am both afraid and intrigued. I have no idea what sort of train wreck that would be; I only know that it would be a train wreck.

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Arch Hall, Jr. wrote a book or two.

Uh, judging from the reviews I saw, a little goes a long way.

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