Speculative Fiction by Authors of Color
A list of books by authors of color in the fantasy/horror/science fiction field
1 Kindred
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2 Parable of the Sower (Earth...
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3 Wild Seed (Patternmaster, #1)
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4 The Hundred Thousand Kingdo...
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5 Parable of the Talents (Ear...
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6 Midnight Robber
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7 Brown Girl in the Ring
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8 Fledgling
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9 Never Let Me Go
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10 Beloved
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11 Who Fears Death
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12 Lilith's Brood (Xenogenesis...
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13 The Broken Kingdoms (The In...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 6,548 ratings
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14 The Killing Moon (Dreambloo...
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15 The Kingdom of Gods (The In...
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16 Dawn (Xenogenesis, #1)
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17 Stars in My Pocket Like Gra...
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18 Dhalgren
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19 Zahrah the Windseeker
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20 My Soul to Keep (African Im...
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21 Bloodchild and Other Stories
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22 Dark Matter: A Century of S...
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23 Redemption in Indigo
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24 The Good House
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25 The Living Blood (African I...
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26 The Intuitionist
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26 The Best of All Possible Wo...
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28 The New Moon's Arms
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29 The Einstein Intersection
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30 The Shadow Speaker
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31 Throne of the Crescent Moon...
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32 Warchild (Warchild, #1)
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33 Babel-17/Empire Star
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34 Blood Colony (African Immor...
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35 Scale-Bright
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36 The Quest for Cush (Imaro #2)
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37 The Salt Roads
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38 Imaro
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39 Nova
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40 The Lifecycle of Software O...
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41 Skin Folk
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42 Mojo: Conjure Stories
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43 The Icarus Girl
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43 Changa's Safari (Changa, #1)
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45 Joplin's Ghost
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46 King Maker (Knights of Bret...
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47 Acacia: The War with the Me...
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48 The Ends Don't Tie with Bun...
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48 The Garden
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50 Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1)
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51 Zone One
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52 Brave Story
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53 Filter House
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54 A Stranger in Olondria
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55 The Famished Road
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56 Let's Play White
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57 Stories of Your Life and Ot...
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58 Immortal III: Stealer of Souls
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59 Griots: A Sword and Soul An...
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59 On a Red Station, Drifting
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61 Adaptation (Adaptation, #1)
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62 Burndive (Warchild #2)
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62 Wind Follower
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64 The Between
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65 The Switch II: Clockwork
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66 The Gaslight Dogs (Middle L...
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67 Dark Matter: Reading the Bones
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68 The Executioness
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68 King's Justice (Knights of ...
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70 The Other Lands (Acacia, #2)
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71 The Sacred Band (Acacia, #3)
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72 The Apocalypse Gene
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72 A Curse for Gracey Daylittl...
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72 Bodyslick
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72 The Kappa Child
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72 Dark Side of Grace
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72 Redeemer
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72 Homeless Rats
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79 Smoketown
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79 Salt Fish Girl
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79 Blubber Island
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79 Virgins & Tricksters
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79 Ivy's Ever After
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79 Memoirs of a Porcupine
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85 Spell of the Cat
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85 The Mistress of Spices
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85 Ascension
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88 Wild Adapter, Volume 1
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88 The Shadowed Sun (Dreambloo...
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88 Servant of the Underworld (...
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91 A Visitation of Spirits: A ...
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92 Prophecy (The Dragon King C...
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93 The Merchant and the Alchem...
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94 The Epic of Gilgamesh
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95 The Bees
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96 Whispers from the Cotton Tr...
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96 Taurus Moon: Relic Hunter
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98 Damballa
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99 Warriors of the Four Worlds
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100 Earth Moon Prison Colony Se...
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message 1: by Shawn (new)

Shawn Conroy This looks like a good list and I plan to look into these books. I looked up lists like this today after reading Beyond ‘Game of Thrones’: Exploring diversity in speculative fiction:
The last 15 years or so, however, have seen the growing prominence of strong SFF writers of color—so many you could almost start throwing out names at random: Nnedi Okorafor, Samit Basu, Hiromi Goto, Nisi Shawl, Vandana Singh, Karen Lord or the particularly beloved Nalo Hopkinson, who has become a popular speaker at science-fiction conventions and helped found the Carl Brandon Society, an organization devoted to exploring race and ethnicity in speculative fiction.

The only author from that list not represented here is Samit Basu. Thanks for collecting this list and voting, everyone.


message 2: by Anne (new)

Anne Fenwick Interesting list, but it's a bit hard to understand the definition. Is it really the intention to include all authors of speculative fiction who aren't white? All the Japanese authors? Authors of Indian and African ancestry in the same list, regardless of culture and place of residence? Shouldn't Salman Rushdie be in then?

I added a couple of books by African authors which I consider speculative fiction, though both are a bit different from western-style SF. I think one of the issues with diversity in this genre is that when authors root their work in non-western traditions they can easily get overlooked. Their books just look and sound a bit different from many people's expectations of the genre.


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