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Heterogenesis is a story written by shukyou. It ran in Issue 19 and can be found at s2b2.livejournal.com/108283.html and shousetsubangbang.com/mirror/heterogenesis/.

This story is also available for purchase in Of a Kind, where it has new illustrations by neomeruru.


A scientist conducts a clinical trial of a procedure intended to turn gay men straight.

"Well," said Rishi, his eyes stung to tears by the absolute white of the hospital room, "here we are," and depressed the plunger on the syringe.

From pinboard.in: "Rishi is a genicist who's discovered a way to switch off the gay gene. BT is one of his test persons; he wants to be straight. But then they end up in bed together."


Heterogenesis is not connected to any other stories or universes.

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Author's Notes[edit]

Look, I wrote an entire story about how I think the ‘nature vs. nurture’ debates about sexuality are gross and reductive! I’ll believe there’s a large biological component to sexual attraction, but I know there’s also a lot that personal choice has to do with it. And I say this as a married lesbian on paper, but a sort of polywhateversexual in practice. I understand the point of concrete labels for identity formation and group solidarity (believe me), but I have also seen people’s perceptions of themselves get in the way of what they really want. (Bonus: I’ve had people who do science for a living tell me my science here was pretty good! Thanks, science fiction TV shows I stole it from!)

(from boysinourbooks.com/2014/02/06/guest-post-shukyou/

Much of the science involved was inspired by the television show ReGenesis.

A further discussion on the bioethics involved can be found at http://ladysisyphus.livejournal.com/825213.html. The punchline of that entire discussion, however, is: "So at the end of it, this story is kind of a quiet toast to all us weird sumbitches who have the option to pass for normal but choose to play it queer. Cheers, dudes."

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