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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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10,969 members, 269 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Explanations:

sturlington (1): Completed for SFFCat

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29,544 members, 533 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)
5
3,252 members, 242 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)
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1,044 members, 34 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)
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6,041 members, 330 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)
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13,610 members, 428 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
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6,258 members, 294 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)
13
5,475 members, 244 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)
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770 members, 38 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)
16
22,291 members, 673 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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13,757 members, 336 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)
18
11,083 members, 995 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)
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5,734 members, 482 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)
20
4,650 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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2,240 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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1,819 members, 52 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)
25
1,772 members, 43 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)
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1,427 members, 36 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)
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1,218 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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17,407 members, 792 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)
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5,651 members, 317 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)
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4,493 members, 124 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)
32
3,803 members, 131 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)
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3,156 members, 236 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)
34
2,033 members, 61 reviews
3.42 stars (3.42 stars)
35
1,804 members, 56 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)
36
1,602 members, 17 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)
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1,381 members, 56 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)
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1,195 members, 65 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)
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985 members, 73 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)
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371 members, 13 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)
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296 members, 16 reviews
3.43 stars (3.43 stars)
42
16,988 members, 308 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy, ahef1963, jain

Thumbs down: sturlington

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6,213 members, 311 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee, electrice, jain

Thumbs down: sturlington

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5,914 members, 475 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)
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4,843 members, 223 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)
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4,503 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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3,970 members, 110 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: Euryale, inge87, sturlington

Thumbs down: sidiki

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3,087 members, 225 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)
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2,861 members, 156 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: lorax, Euryale, Dilara86

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2,663 members, 40 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)
51
2,548 members, 78 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)
52
2,310 members, 132 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)
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2,240 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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1,675 members, 135 reviews
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)

Lists: electrice, KingRat, Euryale

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,660 members, 26 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: jain, andomck, Euryale

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,638 members, 105 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
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1,587 members, 40 reviews
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)
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1,580 members, 111 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)
60
1,464 members, 51 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)
61
1,349 members, 151 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)
62
1,301 members, 99 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)
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1,229 members, 24 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: aulsmith, jain, Euryale

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1,126 members, 102 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
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1,025 members, 39 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 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)

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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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835 members, 100 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)
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652 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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587 members, 21 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

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

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587 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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421 members, 37 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)
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407 members, 33 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)
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344 members, 16 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)
79
8,834 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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6,765 members, 112 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy, Dilara86

Thumbs down: sturlington

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4,034 members, 49 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy, merrystar

Thumbs down: sturlington

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2,768 members, 62 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: vwinsloe, Dilara86

Thumbs down: sturlington

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2,648 members, 150 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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2,189 members, 54 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: aulsmith, hailelib

Thumbs down: sturlington

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2,135 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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2,053 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
1,877 members, 38 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)
91
1,791 members, 45 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)
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1,707 members, 62 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: merrystar, jain

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1,420 members, 26 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)
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1,333 members, 100 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: Euryale, jain

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,294 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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1,262 members, 21 reviews
3.8 stars (3.8 stars)

Lists: inge87, ahef1963

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,247 members, 113 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: trollsdotter, Euryale

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,225 members, 42 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)
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1,222 members, 79 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: Dilara86, Euryale

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Started by: sturlington (September 2014)

Type: Unnumbered

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