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