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 Wild Seed (Patternmaster, #1)
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 5,799 ratings
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3 Parable of the Sower (Earth...
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4 Parable of the Talents (Ear...
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5 Brown Girl in the Ring
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6 Fledgling
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7 Never Let Me Go
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 187,272 ratings
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8 Lilith's Brood: Dawn / Adul...
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9 The Hundred Thousand Kingdo...
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10 Midnight Robber
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11 Beloved
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 163,625 ratings
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12 Who Fears Death
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 2,110 ratings
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13 My Soul to Keep (African Im...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 1,971 ratings
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14 Bloodchild and Other Stories
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 3,233 ratings
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15 The Good House
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 1,068 ratings
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16 The Living Blood (African I...
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17 Dawn (Xenogenesis, #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 5,709 ratings
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18 Zahrah the Windseeker
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 595 ratings
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19 The New Moon's Arms
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 288 ratings
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20 The Intuitionist
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 3,529 ratings
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21 Dark Matter: A Century of S...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 400 ratings
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22 The Broken Kingdoms (The In...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 5,174 ratings
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23 Stars in My Pocket Like Gra...
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24 Dhalgren
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25 The Einstein Intersection
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26 Blood Colony (African Immor...
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27 The Shadow Speaker
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28 The Quest for Cush (Imaro #2)
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29 Imaro
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30 Skin Folk
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31 Mojo: Conjure Stories
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32 Redemption in Indigo
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33 Changa's Safari (Changa, #1)
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34 Warchild (Warchild, #1)
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35 Babel-17/Empire Star
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36 Joplin's Ghost
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37 The Ends Don't Tie with Bun...
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37 The Garden
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39 The Best of All Possible Wo...
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40 The Kingdom of Gods (The In...
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41 Filter House
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42 The Icarus Girl
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43 The Famished Road
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44 The Salt Roads
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45 Throne of the Crescent Moon...
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46 Immortal III: Stealer of Souls
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47 Griots: A Sword and Soul An...
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48 Burndive (Warchild #2)
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48 Wind Follower
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50 The Between
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51 The Switch II: Clockwork
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52 The Executioness
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52 King Maker (Knights of Bret...
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52 King's Justice (Knights of ...
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55 Acacia: The War with the Me...
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56 The Other Lands (Acacia, #2)
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57 The Sacred Band (Acacia, #3)
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58 Let's Play White
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58 The Apocalypse Gene
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58 A Curse for Gracey Daylittl...
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58 Bodyslick
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58 The Kappa Child
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58 Dark Side of Grace
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58 Redeemer
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58 Brave Story
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58 Homeless Rats
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67 Smoketown
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67 Zone One
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67 Salt Fish Girl
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 239 ratings
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67 Blubber Island
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67 Virgins & Tricksters
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67 Ivy's Ever After
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67 Memoirs of a Porcupine
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74 Stories of Your Life and Ot...
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74 Spell of the Cat
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74 The Mistress of Spices
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74 Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1)
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78 The Killing Moon (Dreambloo...
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78 Nova
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80 Wild Adapter, Volume 1
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81 A Visitation of Spirits: A ...
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82 Prophecy (The Dragon King C...
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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 1,313 ratings
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83 The Lifecycle of Software O...
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84 The Merchant and the Alchem...
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85 The Epic of Gilgamesh (Peng...
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86 Adaptation (Adaptation, #1)
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87 Whispers from the Cotton Tr...
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87 Taurus Moon: Relic Hunter
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89 Damballa
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90 Warriors of the Four Worlds
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91 Earth Moon Prison Colony Se...
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91 Dark Matter: Reading the Bones
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93 Earth Moon Colony One - Soa...
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94 Dark Dreams: A Collection o...
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95 Meji: (#2)
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96 Immortal II: The Time of Le...
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97 Cagebird (Warchild #3)
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97 Immortal
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99 The Gaslight Dogs (Middle L...
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100 The Woman Who Thought She W...
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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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