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Sarah Waites @coolcurrybooks
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I've talked before about how diverse adult SFF gets so much less attention than diverse YA SFF.

So here's a thread of diverse (AKA SFF by and/or about marginalized people) science fiction and fantasy novels aimed at adults!
Jade City by Fonda Lee
- Fantasy, East Asian influenced setting
- Jade gives you super powers
- Warring, martial arts crime families
- Relatively modern tech -- cars, TVs, ect
goodreads.com/book/show/3460…
An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows
- Queer portal fantasy
- All female POV cast
- Matriarchies and magic
- Hopeful fantasy
goodreads.com/book/show/2622…
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
- Regency England with POC leads
- Manners and magic
- Also there's dragons
goodreads.com/book/show/2394…
City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault
- Queer political fantasy
- Scheming merchant families
- Tons of ace and aro characters
- Also enby rep!
goodreads.com/book/show/3433…
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
- SFF short story collection
- Soooo many brilliant stories
- Seen the movie Arrival? Read the short story
goodreads.com/book/show/2233…
Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver
- Hopeful dystopia
- Queer AF
- Disability rep
- F/F/F polyam
goodreads.com/book/show/3193…
The Devourers by Indra Das
- TW: rape
- Shapeshifters in historic India
- AKA bi werewolves
- Gender fluidity
goodreads.com/book/show/2724…
The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt
- Space opera
- F/F with demisexual heroine
- There's aliens who are known for always giving ridiculous lies about everything
- Is anyone in this book cis and straight? Maybe not
goodreads.com/book/show/3440…
The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden
- Futuristic South Africa
- Genre bender
- Ancient goddess back for a power grab
- Queer teen boy MC & trans woman MC
goodreads.com/book/show/3012…
An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
- Sci-fi on a generation ship
- Only society's super effed up & sort of like ante-bellum South???
- Black, intersex MC
- Neurodivergent, aro ace, disabled, and enby characters
goodreads.com/book/show/3438…
Will Do Magic for Small Change by Andrea Hairston
- Genre bending, sci-fi with supernatural elements
- Genderbending alien and bi black girl MCs
- 1980’s Philadelphia to 1890's West Africa
goodreads.com/book/show/2995…
The Root by Na'amen Gobert Tilahun
- urban/portal fantasy
- People are descendants of gods and have powers. Also demons???
- Ownvoices black, gay MC
- Super racially diverse and has tons of queer characters
goodreads.com/book/show/2598…
Falling in Love with Hominids by Nalo Hopkinson
- SFF short story collection!
- Caribbean Canadian author
- Queer characters
goodreads.com/book/show/2384…
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
- Basically founded the fantasy of manners subgenre
- World without homophobia
- Bi men in love
- Also swords and intrigue
goodreads.com/book/show/6848…
Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang
- SF thriller
- Heroine's super power is that she's REALLY good at math
- Like calculate trajectory of bullets instantaneously good
- Originally indy, being re-published by Tor
goodreads.com/book/show/2146…
Ariah by B.R. Sanders
- Second world fantasy
- Bisexual elf MC
- Coming of age story
- Polyam and enby rep
goodreads.com/book/show/2545…
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
- If you haven't read this by now... why not???
- Puts the "epic" in "epic fantasy"
- Super intense
- World where apocalypses are a known event
goodreads.com/book/show/1916…
The Deathsniffer's Assistant by Kate McIntyre
- Fantasy mystery series
- MC is bi and struggling with internalized &@#!
- pseudo-Edwardian setting
goodreads.com/book/show/2358…
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
- Superheroines!
- Asian American MCs
- Very light and fluffy
goodreads.com/book/show/2720…
River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
- Alternate history
- What if Congress put hippos in the Mississippi? Great idea, right?
- Hippo heist!
- M/NB romance
goodreads.com/book/show/3144…
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
- Military space opera
- Queer geniuses playing mind games with each other
- Literally everyone is queer
- Setting without homophobia, transphobia, or aphobia
goodreads.com/book/show/2611…
Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks
- Epic fantasy
- F/F in world with no homophobia
- People have elemental based magic powers
goodreads.com/book/show/6443…
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
- Vampires in Mexico City
- You thought you were tired of vampires? You thought wrong
- fast paced with thriller feel
- vampire run drug cartels
goodreads.com/book/show/2822…
Red Threads of Fortune (also read Black Tides of Heaven) by JY Yang
- Two companion novellas
- East Asian influenced culture
- Society where gender isn't assigned at birth
- There's a PACK OF RAPTORS!
goodreads.com/book/show/3309…
Warchild by Karin Lowachee
- TW: sexual assault in first 30 pages. Rest about recovery
- Space opera focused around characters
- Dark. Brutal. But one of the best books you'll ever read
- The effects of war on children’s psychology
goodreads.com/book/show/1847…
The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher
- Fairy tale, retelling of Anderson's "The Snow Queen"
- Only it's queer!
- Gerta falls for the cute robber girl
- Quest accompanied by talking raven
goodreads.com/book/show/2896…
Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng
- Historical fantasy
- Christian missionaries decide to go to fairy land
- Queen of the Fey proceeds to mess with their minds
goodreads.com/book/show/3464…
Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones
- Historical fantasy
- Regency era Europe
- F/F
- Sweet, non-explicit
goodreads.com/book/show/1816…
The Broken Crown by Michelle West
- TW: sexual assault
- Old school epic fantasy
- Tons of awesome female characters
- The book that defines "weaponized femininity"
goodreads.com/book/show/1532…
Borderline by Mishell Baker
- UF; the fey in Hollywood
- MC is a double amputee with Borderline Personality Disorder
- One of the best antiheroine's I've ever read
- Super diverse supporting cast
goodreads.com/book/show/2569…
Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories
- Science fiction short stories!
- Thematically all related to idea of connection
- Some queer stories
goodreads.com/book/show/3438…
Snake Eyes by Hillary Monahan
- Urban fantasy
- MC is a snake woman who reluctantly provides Lamia mother with men to breed with then eat
- But her cis girlfriend gets her pregnant and they have to run from mother's minions
- Weird AF, but good
goodreads.com/book/show/2943…
Rosewater by Tade Thompson
- Science fiction
- Aliens invade Nigeria... sort of?
- I think the MC is depressed???
- Super good, super innovative, super underrated
goodreads.com/book/show/3122…
Hunger Makes the Wolf
- Science fiction mixed with Western feel
- Labor rights
- Mercenary bikers
- Badass ladies who are friends with other badass ladies!
goodreads.com/book/show/3068…
Planetfall by Emma Newman
- Science fiction, on another planet
- Deals with mental health issues (anxiety and OCD)
- Heroine is bi and black
- Whole series deals with mental health!
goodreads.com/book/show/2423…
Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller
- Futuristic city in environmental dystopia
- So many queer people. Enby MC.
- Wonderful world building
- People mentally bonding with animals
goodreads.com/book/show/3506…
Stopping here because I need to do things like sleep. Hope ya'll find some books!
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