Speculative Fiction by Authors of Color

A list of books by authors of color in the speculative fiction realms of fantasy, horror, science-fiction, new weird, slipstream, magical realism, etc.

Young adult version of this list: MG & YA Speculative Fiction by Authors of Color
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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 Anfenwick (new)

Anfenwick 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.


message 3: by Coolcurry (new)

Coolcurry I'm removing Zoo City since the author's white.


message 4: by Kaion (last edited Dec 09, 2015 11:02PM) (new)

Kaion This is a really hard list to find! I sort of made a duplicate list, so I'm pasting this list of resources over. I wasn't able to add every book mentioned (ran out of votes), so feel free to peruse the the links and all some more!

Links/credit --
Crowdsourcing the Essentials: Non-US, PoC Sci-Fi and Fantasy:
http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/...
Mindblowing Science Fiction by POC:
http://theangryblackwoman.com/2009/08...
Recommend some non-straight/white/male/anglo SFF anthologies:
http://press.futurefire.net/2013/04/r...



Extended reading, etc:
Notes on Science Fiction and Fantasy in Latin America:
http://nova-sf.de/internova/?p=222
What would a non-Anglocentric understanding of science fiction and fantasy look like?:
http://www.strangehorizons.com/2013/2...


Relevant listopias:
Afrofuturiusm
Translated Speculative Fiction
Fantasy Novels by Women of Color
Non-Caucasian Protagonists in Science Fiction Fantasy Horror and Paranormal Romance
Award-nominated Asian SFF writers
Fantasy Novels by Women of Color
Diverse Sci-Fi
Nerds of Color


message 5: by Kaion (last edited Dec 09, 2015 06:42PM) (new)

Kaion More links --
10 Great Books You Didn't Know Were Science-Fiction:
http://io9.com/10-great-books-you-did...

Science Fiction in India - An Overview:
http://indiascifiarvind.blogspot.com/...
Haikasoru imprint catalog (Japanese books in translation):
http://www.haikasoru.com/our-books/
Malaysian science fiction and fantasy in English:
http://zencho.org/malaysian-science-f...

YA SFF with Protagonists that are Non-White/People of Color:
https://rachelmanija.dreamwidth.org/1...


message 6: by Jain (new)

Jain Deleted The Bohr Maker by Linda Nagata and Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson; both authors are white.


message 7: by Dustin (new)

Dustin Amazing list!!:))


message 8: by Hana (new)

Hana I'm totally shocked by the term used as a name of this list. You cannot call a list "authors of colour"! did you not know this is rasistic and the term "coloured" or "of colour" was and is used in negative, rassistic connotations.


message 9: by Craig (new)

Craig Hana wrote: "I'm totally shocked by the term used as a name of this list. You cannot call a list "authors of colour"! did you not know this is rasistic and the term "coloured" or "of colour" was and is used in ..."

You're not serious, are you?
Assuming that you're not a troll, "person of colo(u)r" has been the accepted term for 20+ years in English. "Colored" is simply out of date, and not necessarily racist.


message 10: by Hana (new)

Hana Craig wrote: "Hana wrote: "I'm totally shocked by the term used as a name of this list. You cannot call a list "authors of colour"! did you not know this is rasistic and the term "coloured" or "of colour" was an..."

No I'm not a troll, and yes I was serious. My first language is not english and this two terms sounds equal to me. Thanks for explanation though!


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