By Brittney Reed-Saltz.
This is the second installment of a series highlighting genre fiction that centers marginalized peoples and perspectives. You can view the first post here.
In my post about people of color in science fiction and fantasy, I pointed out the value of representation for all kinds of people in imaginative and speculative fiction. After all, if we can have a story about dragons and space travel and arcane magic, there is no reason why that story and others can’t feature the same diversity that exists in our world.
That counts just as much for members of the LGBTQ+ community. We still have a long way to go when it comes to representation in sci-fi and fantasy, but more and more books are being published that center characters who are not straight and/or cis.
Here are some SFF novels available through RCLS with LGBTQ+ characters. If you’re looking for more, I highly recommend this post on The Illustrated Page. I consulted it frequently while compiling my list, and I found so many books that sound wonderful. If you see something that we don’t have, be sure to request that we purchase it or get it as an Interlibrary Loan!
Sheepfarmer’s Daughter by Elizabeth Moon
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Quicksilver by R. J. Anderson
False Hearts by Laura Lam
Planetfall by Emma Newman
An Unkindness of Ghosts by River Solomon
Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
Huntress by Malinda Lo
The Steel Seraglio by Mike Carey
Black Wolves by Kate Elliott
The Red Tree by Caitlin R. Kiernan
Borderline by Mishell Baker
Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron
The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
Dreadnought by April Daniels
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear
The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden