July 7, 2013


this list has been brewing for a few weeks and now is as good a time as any to post it. although it’s by no means comprehensive and is really only the tip of the iceberg, here are (in no particular order) 30 speculative fiction (sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian) books written by women of color

  1. Dawn by Octavia Butler
  2. Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
  3. Wind Follower by Carole McDonnell
  4. Mindscape by Andrea Hairston
  5. Racing the Dark by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  6. Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara
  7. The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi
  8. Salt Fish Girl by Larissa Lai
  9. Half World by Hiromi Goto
  10. Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
  11. Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi
  12. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  13. The Iron King by Julie Kawaga
  14. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
  15. Hammer of Witches by Shana Mlawski
  16. Ico: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe
  17. Orleans by Sherri L. Smith
  18. Dualed by Elsie Chapman
  19. The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
  20. What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang
  21. Filter House (short stories) by Nisi Shawl
  22. Huntress by Malinda Lo
  23. Legend by Marie Lu
  24. Signal Red by Rimi B. Chatterjee
  25. The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  26. The Island of Eternal Love by Daína Chaviano
  27. My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
  28. Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara
  29. Ascension by Kara Dalkey

update: kate elliot is not actually a woman of color and i’m confused as to how she ended up on this list :(

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June 25, 2013
"The Supreme Court has effectively gutted one of the nation’s most important and effective civil rights laws. Minority voters in places with a record of discrimination are now at greater risk of being disenfranchised than they have been in decades. Today’s decision is a blow to democracy. Jurisdictions will be able to enact policies which prevent minorities from voting, and the only recourse these citizens will have will be expensive and time-consuming litigation."

— Jon Greenbaum, chief counsel for the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights Under Law, statement on the SCOTUS decision to declare Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act Unconstitutional (via marthaq)

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April 3, 2013
PoC Appreciation** Blogs Masterpost

February 16, 2013


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January 5, 2013


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January 1, 2013
Sci-fi/Fantasy books written by POC authors or with POC characters


So, having just finished my latest fantasy book series, I went looking for something else to read.  Normally I don’t really have any one parameter that I started with, I usually go on Amazon and look at reviews and lists and stuff until I land on something that looks fun.

I thought this time, well, why don’t I do something totally different?  I’m going to search the internet for titles of fantasy books that have non-white protagonists.  That’d be AWESOME because for as long as I have been reading sci-fi and fantasy books (namely my entire life) I have never read a fantasy book with a protagonist that wasn’t white!  So I’m like, I wanna see what kinds of books are out there with a POC protagonist.

I actually found a lot of cool resources!  A lot of these authors I’d never heard of before, but looking at reviews and stuff a lot of these people are like all Hugo-nominated and stuff.  Like, kind of a big deal.  I’ve found several titles already that I’m really interested in, but I thought I would drop off a couple of links here in case anybody was interested in reading these books or looking up these authors.

Recommended Reading:  People of Color in Fantasy Literature

POC Authors and Protagonists in Science Fiction & Fantasy

POC in Fantasy/Sci-Fi Novels

Diversity Roll Call Roundup:  POC in Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Popular Fantasy With POC Protagonist Books

I think that’s good for a start.  I’ve only just started digging into this so if you guys have any specific book/author recommendations for me I’d love to hear about them!

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