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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3.69 avg rating — 121 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 456,439 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 206,491 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 1,709 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 680 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 534 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 2,688 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 2,510 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 895 ratings
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3.64 avg rating — 1,765 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 5,799 ratings
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3.70 avg rating — 9,466 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 636 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 2,627 ratings
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3.71 avg rating — 1,347 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 1,337 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 603 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 1,085 ratings
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4.41 avg rating — 1,941 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 1,137 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 1,085 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 1,724 ratings
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3.58 avg rating — 650 ratings
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3.66 avg rating — 207 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 311 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 876 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 5,936 ratings
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4.62 avg rating — 1,704 ratings
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4.56 avg rating — 1,830 ratings
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42

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3.67 avg rating — 633 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 1,404 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 3,027 ratings
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3.44 avg rating — 184 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 1,356 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 18,469 ratings
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3.45 avg rating — 31 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 2,634 ratings
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3.66 avg rating — 109 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 442 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 297 ratings
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3.32 avg rating — 497 ratings
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63

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3.69 avg rating — 305 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 247 ratings
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3.65 avg rating — 264 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 448 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 190 ratings
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3.71 avg rating — 759 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 23 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 718 ratings
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320 books · 372 voters · list created February 9th, 2010 by Nemesis (votes) .
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message 19: by momokaachan (new)

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


message 18: by Noah (new)

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


message 17: 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 16: 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 15: by Sarah (new)

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


message 14: 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 13: by Terri (new)

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


message 12: 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 11: 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 9: by Lori S. (new)

Lori S. 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 8: 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 7: by Lori S. (new)

Lori S. 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 6: 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 5: 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.


Roger - president of NBR United - Grace Have to say I read stranger in a strange land many time and there is no gay character at all in it definiely not a main character.


Roger - president of NBR United - Grace Luck in the shadow is fantasy not Sci FI


message 2: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Kaitlyn wrote: "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 c..."

Ethan of Athos barely touches on the sexual aspects, it's more of interest for the cultural aspects and the adventure Ethan has when exposed to the world outside Athos, and meeting women for the first time.


message 1: by Lori S. (new)

Lori S. Kathy wrote: "Kaitlyn wrote: "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..."

Which makes it an interesting book, especially from Ethan's point of view. Not every book needs sex in it to be valid.


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