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