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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.

Members: 31 participating members (show all)

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32,134 members, 588 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)
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1,124 members, 37 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)
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6,502 members, 347 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)
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14,383 members, 458 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
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6,652 members, 313 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)
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5,753 members, 252 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)
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1,541 members, 39 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
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883 members, 39 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)
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23,258 members, 691 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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18,430 members, 824 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)
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14,324 members, 347 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)
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12,513 members, 1,061 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)
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6,892 members, 557 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)
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5,221 members, 238 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)
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4,905 members, 140 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)
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4,845 members, 181 reviews
3.56 stars (3.56 stars)
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4,070 members, 136 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)
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4,033 members, 225 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)
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2,437 members, 219 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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2,008 members, 57 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)
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1,965 members, 47 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)
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1,287 members, 29 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)
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677 members, 41 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)
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316 members, 17 reviews
3.48 stars (3.48 stars)
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7,218 members, 120 reviews
4.01 stars (4.01 stars)
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6,551 members, 324 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)
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6,532 members, 505 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)
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6,041 members, 329 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)
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5,023 members, 229 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)
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4,807 members, 76 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Explanations:

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

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4,017 members, 280 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)
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2,863 members, 42 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)
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2,318 members, 96 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)
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2,166 members, 60 reviews
3.42 stars (3.42 stars)
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2,003 members, 58 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)
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1,848 members, 132 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)
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1,778 members, 29 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)
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1,694 members, 19 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)
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1,474 members, 75 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)
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1,469 members, 57 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)
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1,304 members, 25 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)
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1,152 members, 50 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)
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1,027 members, 30 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)
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653 members, 18 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)
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635 members, 23 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)

Explanations:

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

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19,225 members, 280 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)
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18,146 members, 343 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: kara.shamy, ahef1963, jain

Thumbs down: sturlington

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9,637 members, 221 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Explanations:

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

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4,304 members, 121 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: Euryale, inge87, sturlington

Thumbs down: sidiki

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4,294 members, 55 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)
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3,863 members, 271 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)
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2,981 members, 65 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)
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2,699 members, 86 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)
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2,589 members, 140 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)
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2,400 members, 92 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)
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2,319 members, 59 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)
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2,263 members, 76 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: merrystar, jain

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2,030 members, 38 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)
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2,009 members, 125 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)
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1,923 members, 128 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)
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1,905 members, 151 reviews
3.54 stars (3.54 stars)

Lists: electrice, KingRat, Euryale

Thumbs down: sturlington

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1,764 members, 65 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: merrystar, jain

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1,733 members, 44 reviews
3.53 stars (3.53 stars)
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1,570 members, 137 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)
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1,561 members, 53 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)
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1,461 members, 152 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)
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1,439 members, 121 reviews
3.51 stars (3.51 stars)
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1,406 members, 102 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)
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1,365 members, 105 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: inge87, pwaites

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1,346 members, 54 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)
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1,314 members, 23 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)
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1,216 members, 75 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)
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1,176 members, 71 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: Euryale, jain

Explanations:

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

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1,160 members, 18 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: jain, Dilara86

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1,128 members, 42 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)
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1,110 members, 79 reviews
3.62 stars (3.62 stars)

Lists: inge87, Euryale

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1,037 members, 32 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)
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1,004 members, 44 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)
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998 members, 20 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)
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959 members, 33 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 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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900 members, 100 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)
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870 members, 23 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)
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846 members, 57 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)
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794 members, 37 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)
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779 members, 40 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: pwaites, jain

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757 members, 50 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)
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654 members, 49 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)
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534 members, 20 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)
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510 members, 38 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)
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510 members, 34 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)
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Started by: sturlington (September 2014)

Type: Unnumbered

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