Here's a thread for recommending & discussing diverse SFF books! I would really like the focus for this thread to be on friendly recommendation & discussing what you enjoyed--what awesome diverse SFF have you found, what would you like recommendations for? I'm part of several diverse literature communities online and spend a lot of time discussing representation in books. I love rec'ing books (I'm first a reader, then a writer, always have been), and sometimes just reading something done well is much more valuable than the debates & contention that frequently surround this topic. So let's talk about some great books! What do I mean by "diverse SFF"? Representation of marginalized identities in science fiction and fantasy. In simplified bullet format: - PoC characters - LGBTQIA+ characters - disabled characters - books by authors who fall into one or more of these groups - lots more! These are just the main ones usually discussed. You may never have heard of a scifi book with a disabled main character, or fantasy book with a trans main character, or futuristic alien first-contact novel set in Nigeria. But the awesome thing is they're all out there, often in numbers. Here's a few recs to start off! Intense epic fantasy, with an unusual dream-based magic system (and religion), that tackles the themes of brotherhood, sacrifice, corruption, where nearly every character is black & LGBT+ relationships are casually included? The Killing Moon by NK Jemisin. This is one of those fantasy books that stays with you for a long time. Incredible. Aforementioned futuristic alien first-contact book? Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor. Another really intense book. Fantasy about duellists with beautiful prose and LGBT+ main characters? Ellen Kushner's Swords of Riverside series. I really enjoyed Swordspoint, but Privilege of the Sword, book #2, is supposed to be much much better. Apocalyptic sci-fi anthology where every story features a disabled main character? Defying Doomsday. I need this! Recently published. I have to mention this book even though it's not out yet and will be published in early September. Necrotech by K.C. Alexander is one of the best scifi books I've ever read. Incredibly fast-pased thrill ride with a bisexual main character who has a prosthetic arm. I loved it so much I'm going to shove it in everyone's faces once it gets published. This book is pure ACTION. I have TONS of recs for YA (Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho is amazing) too but I stuck to adult-marketed SFF above. What diverse SFF have you read that you really enjoyed? What are you looking for?