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Recommended Speculative Fiction by Women and People of Color

Description: This is intended to be a representative list of SF (science fiction, fantasy, slipstream) by women and minority writers. The purpose of this list is to help me (and, I hope, you) discover new-to-me genre writers to read. I have recommended a few classics but this list is intended to be more selective than comprehensive. Please add your recommendations, especially if the writer is not already represented on this list.

Adult fiction only, please. No YA or children's.

Members: 26 participating members (show all)

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9,848 members, 235 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

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sturlington (8): Completed for SFFCAT

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26,281 members, 464 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)
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2,523 members, 205 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)
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12,701 members, 402 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
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5,825 members, 276 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)
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5,156 members, 228 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)
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982 members, 32 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)
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21,135 members, 650 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

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aulsmith (0): I finished it, but don't really didn't think it was worth it.

sturlington (0): This book certainly belongs on this list, but I personally couldn't finish it.

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15,694 members, 276 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)
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12,988 members, 324 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)
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9,536 members, 919 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)
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5,608 members, 311 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)
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4,424 members, 395 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)
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3,896 members, 169 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)
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2,066 members, 191 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

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aulsmith (23): One of the finest pieces of speculative fiction I've ever read.

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1,627 members, 46 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)
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1,557 members, 38 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)
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1,102 members, 26 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)
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617 members, 39 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)
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6,287 members, 104 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)
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5,777 members, 299 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)
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5,140 members, 298 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)
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4,617 members, 209 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)
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4,240 members, 168 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)
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4,184 members, 54 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

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Her_Royal_Orangeness (33): ...and the rest of the Liveship Traders trilogy

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4,003 members, 100 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)
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3,563 members, 93 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)
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3,544 members, 122 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)
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2,418 members, 36 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)
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2,136 members, 85 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)
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1,861 members, 49 reviews
3.44 stars (3.44 stars)
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1,799 members, 53 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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aulsmith (11): I could never get through the other Lilith books, but this one was great.

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1,734 members, 112 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)
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1,684 members, 40 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)
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1,597 members, 52 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)
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1,548 members, 25 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)
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1,461 members, 17 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)
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1,284 members, 32 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)
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1,161 members, 21 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)
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862 members, 50 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)
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667 members, 29 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)
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593 members, 19 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)
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534 members, 12 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

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Her_Royal_Orangeness (36): ....and the rest of the Kencyrath series

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345 members, 13 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)
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279 members, 16 reviews
3.43 stars (3.43 stars)
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17,317 members, 248 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)
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15,948 members, 729 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)
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8,048 members, 163 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

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Her_Royal_Orangeness (34): ...and the rest of the Farseer trilogy

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5,079 members, 433 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)
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3,731 members, 44 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)
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2,569 members, 57 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)
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2,404 members, 75 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)
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2,237 members, 178 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)
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2,218 members, 89 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)
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2,029 members, 53 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)
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2,004 members, 71 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: merrystar, jain

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1,924 members, 104 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)
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1,922 members, 115 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
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1,749 members, 33 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)
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1,641 members, 60 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: merrystar, jain

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1,415 members, 120 reviews
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)
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1,406 members, 33 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)
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1,391 members, 49 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)
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1,290 members, 142 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)
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1,267 members, 48 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)
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1,247 members, 49 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)
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1,235 members, 98 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)
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1,224 members, 89 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)
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1,205 members, 64 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Lists: Euryale, jain

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1,203 members, 82 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)
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1,175 members, 21 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)
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1,101 members, 100 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)
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1,033 members, 73 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)
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1,016 members, 16 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: jain, Dilara86

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1,002 members, 34 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)
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979 members, 63 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)
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917 members, 27 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)
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873 members, 83 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

Lists: inge87, pwaites

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873 members, 17 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)
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843 members, 31 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)
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823 members, 60 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: Euryale, jain

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Euryale (1): I actually like this one and The Shadowed Sun better than her Inheritance series.

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812 members, 64 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: inge87, Euryale

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771 members, 99 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)
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724 members, 20 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)
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460 members, 41 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)
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428 members, 13 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: jain, Euryale

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418 members, 12 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)
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377 members, 34 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)
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376 members, 0 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)
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374 members, 10 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)
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362 members, 12 reviews
3.54 stars (3.54 stars)

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Her_Royal_Orangeness (38): ...and the rest of the Wingsingers series

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328 members, 10 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)
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Started by: sturlington (September 2014)

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