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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: 29 participating members (show all)

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10,965 members, 269 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Explanations:

sturlington (1): Completed for SFFCat

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29,513 members, 533 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)
5
3,248 members, 241 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)
8
1,043 members, 34 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)
9
6,037 members, 330 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)
11
13,603 members, 428 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
12
6,253 members, 294 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)
13
5,471 members, 244 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)
15
770 members, 38 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)
16
22,278 members, 672 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Explanations:

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

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

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13,749 members, 336 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)
18
11,056 members, 994 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)
19
5,724 members, 482 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)
20
4,640 members, 216 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)
21
4,528 members, 173 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)
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2,238 members, 208 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Explanations:

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

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1,817 members, 52 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)
25
1,770 members, 43 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)
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1,426 members, 36 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)
27
1,217 members, 27 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)
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645 members, 40 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)
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17,391 members, 791 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)
30
5,648 members, 317 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)
31
4,485 members, 124 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)
32
3,796 members, 130 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)
33
3,148 members, 235 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)
34
2,033 members, 61 reviews
3.42 stars (3.42 stars)
35
1,802 members, 56 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)
36
1,602 members, 17 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)
37
1,379 members, 56 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)
38
1,188 members, 65 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)
39
975 members, 73 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)
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371 members, 13 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)
41
296 members, 16 reviews
3.41 stars (3.41 stars)
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16,973 members, 308 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy, ahef1963, jain

Thumbs down: sturlington

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6,202 members, 311 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee, electrice, jain

Thumbs down: sturlington

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5,906 members, 475 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)
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4,840 members, 223 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)
46
4,498 members, 69 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Explanations:

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

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3,965 members, 110 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: Euryale, inge87, sturlington

Thumbs down: sidiki

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3,074 members, 224 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)
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2,862 members, 156 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: lorax, Euryale, Dilara86

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2,660 members, 40 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)
51
2,545 members, 78 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)
52
2,307 members, 132 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)
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2,239 members, 90 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: merrystar, ahef1963, aulsmith

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1,896 members, 36 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)
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1,673 members, 135 reviews
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)

Lists: electrice, KingRat, Euryale

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,659 members, 26 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: jain, andomck, Euryale

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,631 members, 105 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
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1,589 members, 40 reviews
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)
59
1,577 members, 111 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)
60
1,463 members, 51 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)
61
1,345 members, 151 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)
62
1,300 members, 99 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)
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1,227 members, 24 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: aulsmith, jain, Euryale

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1,120 members, 102 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
66
1,022 members, 39 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)
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956 members, 19 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)
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865 members, 32 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Explanations:

Euryale (24): As with any collection, there is some variance in quality, but some of these are classics, and for good reason.

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834 members, 100 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)
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653 members, 47 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)
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623 members, 18 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)
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585 members, 21 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

Explanations:

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

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582 members, 41 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)
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508 members, 26 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
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442 members, 15 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)
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420 members, 37 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)
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403 members, 31 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)
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344 members, 16 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)
79
8,823 members, 197 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Explanations:

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

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6,760 members, 112 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy, Dilara86

Thumbs down: sturlington

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4,028 members, 49 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy, merrystar

Thumbs down: sturlington

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2,767 members, 62 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: vwinsloe, Dilara86

Thumbs down: sturlington

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2,638 members, 148 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Lists: Euryale, jain

Thumbs down: sturlington

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2,300 members, 93 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: merrystar, trollsdotter

Thumbs down: sturlington

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2,187 members, 54 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: aulsmith, hailelib

Thumbs down: sturlington

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2,134 members, 74 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: merrystar, jain

Thumbs down: sturlington

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2,079 members, 113 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: lorax, sturlington

Thumbs down: KingRat

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2,050 members, 56 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: aulsmith, Dilara86

Thumbs down: sturlington

Explanations:

sturlington (0): Also in Lilith's Brood

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

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1,990 members, 40 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)
90
1,875 members, 38 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)
91
1,789 members, 45 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)
92
1,704 members, 62 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: merrystar, jain

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,419 members, 26 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)
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1,330 members, 100 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: Euryale, jain

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,289 members, 90 reviews
3.35 stars (3.35 stars)

Lists: KingRat, Euryale

Thumbs down: sturlington

Explanations:

sturlington (0): I couldn't finish it, my husband loved it. It does belong here.

Euryale (50): My feelings about this one are ambivalent, but I figured it may as well be on the list.

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1,285 members, 51 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: pwaites, aulsmith

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,261 members, 21 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: inge87, ahef1963

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,244 members, 113 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: trollsdotter, Euryale

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,224 members, 42 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)
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1,220 members, 79 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: Dilara86, Euryale

Thumbs down: sturlington

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Started by: sturlington (September 2014)

Type: Unnumbered

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