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list: sci-fi, fantasy, magical realism, & speculative fiction by & about WOC &/or trans/queer people

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A list of authors and the first book by them that I want to read:


WOC writers w women & girls of color as main characters:

Nisi Shawl -- Filter House (anthology; magical realism & sci-fi short stories)

Silvia Moreno-Garcia -- Signal to Noise (magical realism, magic & music in Mexico City)

Nalo Hopkinson -- Midnight Robber (sci-fi & mythology, Caribbean-colonized planets)

Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu -- Zahrah the Windseeker (fantasy; girl with plant-symbiosis dreadlocks & magical powers)

Olivia Boler -- The Flower Bowl Spell (magical realism; Chinese American woman doing Wiccan magic)

Ana Castillo -- So Far from God (magical realism, politics & spirituality, a family of 5 Chicana women in New Mexico)

Lisa M. Bradley -- The Haunted Girl (anthology; fantasy & paranormal short stories & poems)

Jewelle Gomez -- The Gilda Stories (paranormal; multiracial feminist lesbian vampire romance fantasy)

N. K. Jemisin -- The Inheritance Trilogy (fantasy; enslaved gods; political power struggle with family)

Larissa Lai -- When Fox is a Thousand (magical realism, Chinese mythology, modern Vancouver)

Sabrina Vourvoulias -- Ink (speculative magical realism; biometric tattoo used to classify, dehumanize, institutionalize immigrants)

Guadalupe Garcia McCall -- Summer of the Mariposas (magical realism & paranormal; 5 Mexican-American sisters; witches, goddesses, & mythological beasts; Odyssey retelling)

Andrea Hairston -- Will Do Magic for Small Change (magical realism & mythology; girl inherits book of magic; West Africa's Orishas; aliens)

Daína Chaviano -- The Island of Eternal Love (magical realism / historical fiction; framed set of stories of Spanish, Chinese, and African history that come together in Cuba)

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Women writers w queer &/or trans main characters:

M.C.A. Hogarth -- Mindtouch (sci-fi; passionate friendship/asexual romance; many sentient species)

Jennifer Pelland -- Machine (sci-fi, cyborg as transitioned body)

L. A. Witt -- Static (sci-fi; gender-shifter stuck in one gender; religious enforcement of gender roles)

Mary Gentle -- Ilario: The Lion's Eye (fantasy; intersex main character passionately in love with art)

Dana De Young -- The Butterfly and the Flame (sci-fi / speculative; trans girl vs Dominion of Divinity 1984 style)

Julie E. Czerneda -- Beholder's Eye (sci-fi; first contact; shapeshifter agender aliens)

Phyllis Gotlieb -- Flesh and Gold (sci-fi, telepathic female judge finds an amphibious human enslaved, sets out to free them. many interesting races.)

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Anthologies:

Walidah Imarisha -- Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements

Athena Andreadis, Kay T. Holt -- The Other Half of the Sky

Sofia Samatar -- Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History

Barbara Krasnoff -- Such A Pretty Face

Thoraiya Dyer -- Cranky Ladies of History

Minal Hajratwala -- How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens
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