Okay, so I’ve promised this post for ages now because I’m a little sad seeing people wanting more queer genre fiction and not really knowing where to start to look. I also included some of the authors of color I know of that write speculative fiction, too. I really hope this is useful to someone!!!
My experience/studies into science fiction is in its baby periods, so I’m afraid that this list isn’t as expansive/inclusive as I wish it would be. It’s a lot of hard hard work to find stuff like this because it’s so just… not talked about, I guess? Feel free to add onto it, or make your own list and I can add those to it as well. I just want people to have a jumping off point for nonwhite/nonnormative science fiction.
And also I’ve linked to Amazon because it’s easiest, but if y’all could maybe look for alternative places to buy these, that would be most excellent.
Queer Fiction/Genre Stuff:
Queer Fear: Gay Horror Fiction, Michael Rowe
Queer Fear: Gay Horror Fiction, Vol. 2, Michael Rowe
Literally anything by Samuel R. Delany, although Dhalgren is his most famous and I can vouch that Nova is very good too. Another famous one is Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand.
Delphinus Contract, G.V. Nett
Hellebore & Rue (Anthology)
Queerpunk: Erotic Cyberpunk (Anthology) [Personal note: I read these stories and LOVED them. My only critique is that they were very much gay male dominated, with one lesbian story that was okay. I definitely loved reading it, but I was kinda disappointed that ‘queer’ just meant, like, gay dudes and cis lesbians.]
Heiresses of Russ 2014: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction [Personal note: These are released yearly. I see it goes back as far as 2011, maybe more.]
Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction
Ascension: A Tangled Axon Novel, Jacqueline Koyanagi
The Narrows, m. craig
So Fey: Queer Fairy Fiction (Anthology) [Personal note: I’ve read some of these stories and really enjoyed them.]
Songbirds of Valnon, L.S. Baird [Personal note: I LOVED THIS BOOK AND THIS SERIES. THIS AUTHOR IS INCREDIBLE??????? She’s on Twitter, Tumblr, and is just really a great person overall, okay.]
Steampowered: Steampunk Lesbian Stories (Anthology)*
SteamPowered II: More Lesbian Steampunk Stories (Anthology)*
* There’s been a lot of discussion about Steampunk as a genre and it’s anglocentricism and weirdness (understandable and all very true). These two anthologies have huge diversity in them, in that most of them are nonwestern. Some are misses, but for the most part they’re all huge fucking hits and just blow so much “literary fiction” I’ve read out of the park.
Saint Grimbald’s Men, Delilah Des Anges [Personal note: I read this and really liked it. It’s body horror and all sorts of strange + queer.]
The Breaking of M, Melissa Snowdon
I’m also told that Poppy Brite is a horror fiction writer who focuses on gay men, I think? I’m not sure how to feel for a variety of reasons, but I hear a lot of people like her and I guess it could be up some people’s street? Idk, thought I’d include her, too. Her most famous (I’m told) is Drawing Blood. …Although I’m not sure if it has anything queer in here…. sooo Idk, don’t quote me on this.
Alien Sex: 19 Tales by the Master’s of Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy (Anthology) [Personal note: I DON’T KNOW IF THIS IS QUEER BUT IT’S ALIEN SEX AND IDK??? Please read the reviews, though. I think there might be some stuff in here that is majorly triggering for people. I read somewhere on Amazon that there might be animal abuse involved? No clue, but thought I’d include it anyway…)
My Amazon also has Nicola Griffith as someone who does f/f science fiction. The ones I have saved are The Blue Place and Ammonite. I think she’s SF?
Not Sure if Queer, but May Be and Also It’s Feminist Science Fiction & Also Nonwhite SF Shit:
Kushiel’s Legacy (Link is first book), Jacqueline Carey [Personal note: My sister tells me that there’s some Gay in here, though I can’t be sure. I just know that I’m enjoying it so far.]
Playing God, Sarah Zettel [Personal Note: I feel like this MIGHT be a lesbian book… Someone said it was bootleg Ursula K. Le Guin, except I’m pretty sure this book is about women and Le Guin’s Left Hand did the man-as-default-gender thing, soooo.]
Women of Wonder (Various anthologies), Edited by Pamela Sargent
Interfaces: Anthology of Speculative Fiction, edited by Ursula K. Le Guin [Personal Note: Ursula K. Le Guin is a Big Name SF writer. She wrote The Left Hand of Darkness which is supposedly a Gender thing, but I can assure everyone that it’s mediocre at best. Still, if this piques your interest, go look that up, too. She has a shitton of stuff that can all be found on her Wiki page.]
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin
Literally anything by Octavia Butler.
Cosmos Latinos (Anthology) [Personal note: Really fucking cool. It’s a bit pricey, so if there’s anything in here that tickles your fancy, just message me and maybe we can talk about pictures/typing it out. Idk tho… It depends on my spoon situation.]
Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History (Anthology)
Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, Sheree R. Thomas
Dark Matter: Reading the Bones, Sheree R. Thomas
So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy, Nalo Hopkinson
Subversion: Science Fiction & Fantasy Tales of Challenging the Norm (Anthology)
Salsa Nocturna: Stories (Anthology)
One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses, Lucy Corin
Shotgun Lullabies, Sheree R. Thomas
When Species Meet (Posthumanities), Donna J. Haraway
This is nonfiction, but may be of interest to people: Race in American Science Fiction, Isia Lavender III
Early Queer Fiction, like 19th Century Shit That Isn’t Really SF But Still Cool as Hell
Quick note: I took a class last spring called Early LGBT Lit and it was great and I know a lot of queers in my life want to look into their history and how far back we go, I guess. I’m looking at the syllabus now
Two Friends and Other 19th Century American Lesbians Stories (Anthology) [Personal note: THIS BOOK IS MY SHIT THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD THIS BOOK IS SO IMPORTANT. SCREAMS!!!!!]
Autobiography of an Androgyne, Ralph Werther/Jennie June*
* This book will probably be at your university library if you have a gender/women’s studies program. This is the autobiography of a trans woman in the early 20th century. It’s a really, really hard read, a dark read. Very explicit rape scenes, very hard stuff to read. However, she is a forgotten part of queer history and her story should be out there, imo, and I think that if you can handle how graphic and heart breaking this book can be, you absolutely should give it a try. It’s expensive, so I do urge you to check your library or have a friend go through the university to get it for you.
I don’t have links for these, but here are some good resources if you’re interested in early queer history:
- Carol Smith Rosenberg’s “The Female World of Love and Ritual”
- Terry Castle’s The Apparitional Lesbian — The introduction for this book is so good, so hard hitting. There’s some bi-erasure here, but that doesn’t really detract — in my opinoin — to what exactly is being said. It’s a nuanced thing that should be talked about delicately, imo.
- Lisa Duggan’s “The Trials of Alice Mitchell: Sensationalism, Sexology, and the Lesbian Subject in Turn-of-the-Century America.” If you can, read along with Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s “The Long Arm”
- Willa Cather is pretty cool. Did a lot of gender stories. I read “Tommy, the Unsentimental.” Idk how handy these sorts of things are but, worth a try.
Here is a list of books I did not read but other people gave presentations on. These are old, so your best bet with getting a hold of these is library loans or something. HOWEVER. You have titles! Cool!
Cecil Dreeme, Theodore Winthrop
A Florida Enchantment, Archibald Clavering Gunter
Norma Trist, or Pure Carbon: A Story of the Inversion of the Sexes, John Wesley Carhart
Diana Victrix, Florence Converse
Story of a Life, Claude Hartland
Imre: A Memorandum, Edward Prime Stevenson
This is a post that I made that has titles for some cool SF Queer academic articles you could look into.
Anyway, here you go. Enjoy?