Diverse Worlds: LGBTQ+ Sci-Fi and Fantasy

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

false hearts

An Unkindness of Ghosts by River Solomon

an unkindness of ghosts

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

river of teeth

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





Garrett’s 2017 Reading Year in Review

We’re kicking off 2018 by looking back on the best books we read in 2017. Today’s picks come from Garrett Crowell. Follow Garrett’s reviews throughout the year on Goodreads.

Favorite new author or series you tried:
Sylvain Neuvel’s Themis Files series, books 1 & 2, Sleeping Giants & Waking Gods.

A book that surprised you:
Wonder Woman: Warbringer, by Leigh Bardugo. For a YA treatment of Diana before she’s WW, this is better than it has any right to be.

A book you read for the first time that you will reread in the future:
The Binti books, by Nnedi Okorafor. I plan to turn right around and re-read those once this trilogy or arc or whatever she’s doing is over.

The best book you read that was also published this year:
Devil’s Bargain, by Joshua Green – super useful for getting your head around what might be motivating our current President.

A book you read that was outside of your comfort zone:
The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. Normally, epic American family novels about people changing through hard times is not my thing, but this was.

The book that you recommended to the most people:
The Wild Storm, by Ellis & Davis-Hunt: excellent new action/hero driven stuff that’s well-written, pretty, and relevant, and you can drop right in on this volume.

The best cover from a book you read this year (please include image):
Karnak, by Ellis & Zaffino, Marvel Comics.