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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)

All members' list: [1] 2 3Sort: Score | Title | Author | Date
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10,804 members, 265 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Explanations:

sturlington (1): Completed for SFFCat

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29,114 members, 527 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)
5
3,178 members, 239 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)
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1,047 members, 34 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)
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5,985 members, 330 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)
11
13,514 members, 422 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
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6,285 members, 293 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)
13
5,427 members, 241 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)
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747 members, 37 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)
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22,121 members, 674 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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13,635 members, 335 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)
18
10,983 members, 988 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)
19
5,574 members, 476 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)
20
4,530 members, 207 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)
21
4,495 members, 172 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)
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2,201 members, 205 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Explanations:

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

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1,784 members, 50 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)
25
1,734 members, 41 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)
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1,408 members, 36 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)
27
1,194 members, 27 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)
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663 members, 40 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)
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17,239 members, 785 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)
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5,598 members, 315 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)
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4,451 members, 118 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)
32
3,773 members, 131 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)
33
2,957 members, 222 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)
34
2,028 members, 57 reviews
3.42 stars (3.42 stars)
35
1,774 members, 55 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)
36
1,599 members, 17 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)
37
1,426 members, 55 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)
38
1,158 members, 62 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)
39
371 members, 13 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)
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290 members, 16 reviews
3.41 stars (3.41 stars)
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16,830 members, 304 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy, ahef1963, jain

Thumbs down: sturlington

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6,220 members, 309 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee, electrice, jain

Thumbs down: sturlington

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5,807 members, 469 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)
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4,857 members, 222 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)
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4,460 members, 66 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Explanations:

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

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3,966 members, 106 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: Euryale, inge87, sturlington

Thumbs down: sidiki

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2,748 members, 148 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: lorax, Euryale, Dilara86

Thumbs down: sturlington

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2,637 members, 41 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)
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2,548 members, 78 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)
50
2,254 members, 128 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
51
2,252 members, 89 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: merrystar, ahef1963, aulsmith

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,877 members, 35 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)
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1,758 members, 135 reviews
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)

Lists: electrice, KingRat, Euryale

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,668 members, 26 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: jain, andomck, Euryale

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,589 members, 101 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)
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1,564 members, 39 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)
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1,526 members, 105 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)
58
1,456 members, 50 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)
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1,354 members, 148 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)
60
1,341 members, 98 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)
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1,237 members, 24 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: aulsmith, jain, Euryale

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,087 members, 93 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
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1,026 members, 40 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)
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979 members, 19 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)
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856 members, 31 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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824 members, 98 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)
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673 members, 46 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)
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623 members, 18 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 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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487 members, 25 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
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441 members, 14 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)
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393 members, 30 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)
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385 members, 34 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)
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340 members, 15 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)
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8,733 members, 194 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Explanations:

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

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6,709 members, 112 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy, Dilara86

Thumbs down: sturlington

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4,020 members, 50 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy, merrystar

Thumbs down: sturlington

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2,741 members, 61 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: vwinsloe, Dilara86

Thumbs down: sturlington

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2,472 members, 138 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: Euryale, jain

Thumbs down: sturlington

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2,328 members, 93 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: merrystar, trollsdotter

Thumbs down: sturlington

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2,185 members, 54 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: aulsmith, hailelib

Thumbs down: sturlington

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2,176 members, 73 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: merrystar, jain

Thumbs down: sturlington

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2,046 members, 111 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: lorax, sturlington

Thumbs down: KingRat

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2,043 members, 54 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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1,998 members, 39 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)
87
1,870 members, 38 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)
88
1,809 members, 44 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)
89
1,725 members, 61 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: merrystar, jain

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,416 members, 26 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)
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1,372 members, 88 reviews
3.34 stars (3.34 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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1,352 members, 113 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: trollsdotter, Euryale

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,281 members, 51 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: pwaites, aulsmith

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,279 members, 98 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: Euryale, jain

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,273 members, 21 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: inge87, ahef1963

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,229 members, 42 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)
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1,184 members, 76 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: Dilara86, Euryale

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,175 members, 89 reviews
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: inge87, pwaites

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,111 members, 69 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: pwaites, aulsmith

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,093 members, 36 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: trollsdotter, merrystar

Thumbs down: sturlington

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Started by: sturlington (September 2014)

Type: Unnumbered

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