Book Review: Trans-Galactic Bike Ride

Post by Kassandra, Information Services staff.

I found Trans-Galactic Bike Ride: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories of Transgender and Nonbinary Adventures entirely by accident. I was browsing the new fiction shelves at the Central library and this gem caught my eye, in that moment I knew I needed to read it. I know we should never “judge a book by its cover” but oh my, am I glad I did.  

A perfect read for pride AND bike month! This compilation of short stories featuring Trans and non-binary folks, bicycles, and science fiction, was everything I could have asked for.  

I will admit when I picked up the book, I was a little bit worried to read it. As a Queer person, I do love to read fiction that relates to my lived experiences, but I often find that this genre of literature falls into the Queer tragedy or “Bury Your Gays” trope. With us all existing in a pandemic, I did not want to consume anything that was going to feel heavy, so while this beautifully queer looking piece of sci-fi bicycle fiction existed, I was a little hesitant to dig in.  

Pushing my hesitations aside, I picked a rainy Saturday at home to finally tuck in, and once I started reading, I could not put it down. Each and every story was beautifully written, unique, and so, so, so, warm to read. I did not want any of the stories to end! This book is the Queer Popcorn fiction I did not know I craved so badly.  

Every story featured was set in its own science fiction universe, told the incredibly deep and powerful story of the Trans and Non-Binary characters, and of course, featured the magic of a bike ride. From bio-mech Non-Binary space bike explorers to Trans bicycle delivery werewolves and everything in between; I found myself living in a snapshot of each character. I was with them in their triumphs, in their fights with minotaur’s, in their journey of self-discovery, and in the power of their cycling. I do warn you however, these stories, while engaging, feel as though you have been given the appetizer of a delicious meal that then abruptly ends, leaving you wishing for the main course. 

So, in celebration of both Pride and bike month I highly recommend this beautifully wholesome compilation of reads! 

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