Best Science Fiction Books with Gay Main Characters
Science fiction books featuring gay or bisexual main characters. Other "alternative" forms of sexuality are accepted, too.
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1 The God Eaters
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2 The Left Hand of Darkness (...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 41,062 ratings
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3 Wraeththu
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 1,885 ratings
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4 Slipstream
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 92 ratings
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5 Mind Fuck (The Administrati...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 1,537 ratings
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6 Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 358,670 ratings
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7 My Fair Captain (Sci-Regenc...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 3,346 ratings
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8 Stranger in a Strange Land
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 167,853 ratings
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9 Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan ...
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 6,310 ratings
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10 Dark Space (Dark Space, #1)
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 1,120 ratings
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11 When You Were Pixels (Synta...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 443 ratings
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12 Evenfall (In the company of...
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 2,101 ratings
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13 A Strong and Sudden Thaw (A...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 747 ratings
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14 Voyage Embarkation
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 16 ratings
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15 China Mountain Zhang
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 1,757 ratings
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15 Warchild (Warchild, #1)
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 950 ratings
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17 Cagebird (Warchild #3)
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 368 ratings
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18 An Uncommon Whore (An Uncom...
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 1,388 ratings
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19 The Englor Affair (Sci-Rege...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 2,225 ratings
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20 Claimings, Tails, and Other...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 819 ratings
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21 Dhalgren
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 4,463 ratings
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22 Gravitational Attraction
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 741 ratings
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23 The Heritage of Hastur (Dar...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 2,245 ratings
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24 The Steel Remains (A Land F...
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 6,295 ratings
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25 Heroes & Ghosts
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 496 ratings
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26 A Solid Core of Alpha
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 1,009 ratings
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27 Afterimage (In the company ...
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 1,127 ratings
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28 Line and Orbit
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 370 ratings
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29 The Sardonyx Net
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 171 ratings
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30 18% Gray (Task Force Iota, #1)
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 1,044 ratings
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31 Stars in My Pocket Like Gra...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 1,320 ratings
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32 Outcast Mine
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 851 ratings
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33 The Merro Tree
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 233 ratings
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34 Hemovore
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 890 ratings
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35 Carnival
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 525 ratings
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36 Incursion
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37 Fade (In the company of sha...
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38 The Interludes (In the comp...
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39 Insomnium
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40 Luck
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41 The Saga of the Renunciates...
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41 Farthing (Small Change, #1)
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43 Songmaster
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 5,171 ratings
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44 Details of the Hunt (Detail...
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 747 ratings
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45 Chrome
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 85 ratings
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46 A Different Light
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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 146 ratings
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47 Grown Men (HardCell, #1)
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 534 ratings
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48 Dreamer (The Silent Empire,...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 233 ratings
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49 Outies (Moties #3)
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3.33 of 5 stars 3.33 avg rating — 254 ratings
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50 Soldier Mine (Thresl Chroni...
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51 Time Enough for Love
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 20,856 ratings
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51 The Amber Spyglass (His Dar...
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53 Remastering Jerna
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 555 ratings
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54 Dryland's End
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 60 ratings
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55 Fireheart (Chay Trilogy, #1)
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56 Bone Rider
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57 Luck in the Shadows (Nightr...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 8,706 ratings
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58 Aklesh
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 87 ratings
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59 Somatesthesia
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 272 ratings
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60 The Shades of Time and Memo...
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60 Dark Edge of Honor
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62 Spice ‘n’ Solace (Galactic ...
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63 Death's Head (Narc, #1)
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 127 ratings
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64 Stealing Some Time: Volume 2
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 50 ratings
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65 Angel 1089 (Heaven Corp., #1)
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 211 ratings
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66 Wings of Equity
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 160 ratings
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67 Stealing Some Time: Volume 1
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68 Beloved Captor
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 237 ratings
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69 Shadow Man
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 186 ratings
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70 Ring of Swords
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 136 ratings
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71 Tian's Hero (The Akanti #1)
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 119 ratings
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72 Storms and Stars
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73 The Rylerran Gateway
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74 Knight Errant (Knight Erran...
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75 The Fulfilments of Fate and...
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76 Becoming Human (Harmony of ...
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77 The Falcon Banner (The Falc...
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77 The Finder
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 153 ratings
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79 Opening Worlds
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 98 ratings
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80 Changing Worlds
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81 Broken Boundaries
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82 The Rabelais Alliance (Hell...
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83 Feral Machines
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84 Far from Home
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85 Ammonite
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86 Hominids (Neanderthal Paral...
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87 His Faithful Squire (Knight...
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88 The Crown of Silence (The C...
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89 Different Senses
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89 The Prince and the Program ...
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89 Signal to Noise (Signal to ...
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89 After Midnight
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93 The Slave Catcher
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94 Healing in His Wings (Heali...
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95 Pathfinder
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96 Slave Boy
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96 Mongrel (Mongrel, #1)
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98 When I Fall (An Uncommon Wh...
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98 Hajiri's Pet (Midnight Rain...
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100 Journey of a Thousand Miles
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message 1: by momokaachan (new)

momokaachan Why is Dune on this list? Paul is not gay; at a stretch he may be bi-


message 2: by Noah (new)

Noah Why is Stranger In A Strange Land on this list? It's FULL OF HOMOPHOBIA.


message 3: by Noah (new)

Noah Probably because Baron Harkonnen was a pervert that liked boys. I don't think he should count as a main character, really, and I utterly disagree with it being on the list, but that is the only thing that makes any sense.


message 4: by Kaitlyn (new)

Kaitlyn What I want to know is why all of the covers of these stories feel that it is necessary to have pictures of men's abdominal muscles on nearly everyone of them? Can't we have a story with gay main characters that isn't JUST about the sexual aspect of it?


message 5: by Sarah (new)

Sarah There is no gay protagonist in The Left Hand of Darkness.


message 6: by David (new)

David There may be no gay protagonist in Left Hand Of Darkness, but at a stretch, the population of Gethen are all transgendered! The fact that a person of that world can be both a mother and father in the same lifetime is mindblowing! And as in other gay books(see City and the Pillar) one of the protagonists must die. In this case it's Lord Estraven.

David


message 7: by Terri (new)

Terri I wouldn't call Wraeththu science fiction. It's a gothic fantasy.


message 8: by Michael (new)

Michael Offutt momokaachan wrote: "Why is Dune on this list? Paul is not gay; at a stretch he may be bi-"

I bet it has to do with Baron Harkonnen.


message 9: by Seregil (new)

Seregil The Left Hand of Darkness probably shouldn't be here. I suppose who added it thought of the scene where the protagonists sleep together and even though at that point they are female-male, the female partener has always been thought of as male so it's... confusing...

I totally disagree with Dune on the list though. I've always seen the Baron as a pedophile rather than a gay character. And I wouldn't call him a protagonist...


message 10: by Elizabetta (new)

Elizabetta Not sure I'd call Mongrel or Slave Boy (listed twice) sci-fi. Alt univ or fantasy may work better.


message 11: by Lori (new)

Lori Dune shouldn't be on this list. The Baron is a cruel, perverted, pedophile whose intentions with Paul ... >shudders< And the suggestions of what went on with his nephews? Yeah, no.

I have an issue with The Last Pure Human being on this list. It may have started out as science fiction at the beginning, now, however, it has degenerated to just PWP - porn without plot.


message 12: by Elizabetta (last edited Dec 09, 2013 10:05AM) (new)

Elizabetta Dune is definitely sci-fi. The Baron being a pedo versus gay is a toss-up. The fact that he focused on males is a clue though. But, I see your point after some thought... :)


message 13: by Lori (new)

Lori Dune is excellent science fiction. However, I do think Frank Herbert had some definite ideas about homosexuality which would be at odds with most of the books on this list. Also, his characterization of Baron Harkonnen is not a man who likes/loves men in and of themselves, but who loves power over younger men, most especially pretty boys who are either sedated before he starts using them (there's no love in his actions) or are feisty enough to put up a fight, but not strong enough to stop his sadism. The whole point in the Baron's view is not the enjoyment of D/s|M/s|BDSM where the sub has control but where he has the power of life and, more importantly, death over his victims.

From Dune: "I'll be in my sleeping chambers," the Baron said. "Bring me that young fellow we bought on Gamont, the one with the lovely eyes. Drug him well. I don't feel like wrestling."

There are very few redeeming qualities about the Baron, he's out to grab all the power he can and has no qualms about how he achieves his goals. Yes, he's homosexual, but as written in the original text (ignoring the Brian Herbert/Kevin J. Anderson versions), the Baron doesn't qualify as anything but a nasty, dirty old man who, if he thought he could get away with it and survive, would have raped his own grandson (Paul) just because he was "pretty".


message 14: by Elizabetta (new)

Elizabetta I have a hard time judging a book because of an author's proclivities or personal beliefs (Ender's Game also comes to mind). This falls into the slippery slope of book censoring/banning, imho. It's something I mull over a lot.

The list calls for Sci-fi books with gay characters and by that spec alone, Dune belongs here no matter what we feel about the author or a character.


message 15: by Zachary (new)

Zachary Bonelli Kaitlyn wrote: "... Can't we have a story with gay main characters that isn't JUST about the sexual aspect of it?"

I feel the same way, Kaitlyn. It's a philosophy I bring to my writing. I write stories about characters' whole lives, not just their sex lives. I expect the draw of my stories to be a spirit of adventure and philosophical depth, not a cover filled with abdominal muscles.

But also, it appears that in the three years since your post, this list hass been filled out with many titles that do not engage in sex-appeal cover tactics. That's heartening. We're beginning to explore gay characters' whole lives, not just their sex lives.


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