Sneak Peek at Cover of Stories from the Polycule


My newest book, Stories from the Polycule: Real Life in Polyamorous Families is going to the printers soon, and I wanted to give you all a sneak peek at the cover. Thanks to Tikva Wolf, creator of Kimchi Cuddles, for illustrating the cover and multiple comics within the book. Extra geek points to whomever can spot the hidden message on the cover 🙂 

Dr. Elisabeth Sheff, PhD, CASA, CSE

One of a handful of global experts on polyamory and the foremost international expert on children in polyamorous families, Dr. Elisabeth Sheff has studied gender and
families of sexual minorities for the last 16 years. Sheff’s television appearances include CNN, and the National Geographic, and she has given more than 20 radio, podcast, print, and television interviews with sources from Radio Slovenia to National Public Radio, the Sunday London Times to the Boston Globe and Newsweek. By emphasizing research methodology and findings in her discussions, Dr. Sheff presents the kind of public intellectualism that encourages audience members to think critically regarding gender, sexualities, and families.

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  1. Is the molecule that has been mapped out oxytocin? It definitely looks like it could be, though the way it’s been drawn, the chirality has been reversed.

    1. Yes, many geek points to you, dear sir! I did not realize it was oxytocin until Tikva pointed it out, and then I thought it was quite clever 🙂 I also did not realize that the depiction of it is reversed — kind of appropriate for a book about people messing with the boundaries of conventional relationships to turn something like that around as well.

      1. True, I suppose… I’ve often compared the stigma against minority sexual identities and preferences to the (mostly forgotten, at least in the US) stigma against lefties, from which we get the word “sinister”.

        It’s perhaps worth noting, though, that chirality-swapped molecules are sometimes toxic, because they manage to partially (but not entirely) engage with the same systems as their mirror images.

        To make the diagram as it stands correct, you’d just swap the solid triangles with the dashed ones (those represent bonds that are supposed to be sticking out of, or sinking into, the two dimensional plane). That way the diagram would represent a rotation of the diagram seen on Wikipedia, rather than a mirror inversion.

      2. A nice link explaining the dashed / wedged bond convention:

        And one about chirality in general:

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