20 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books with LGBTQ Representation

We're a big fan of lists, science fiction / fantasy books, and queer representation, so we have combined all three in this blog post. We have divided it into young adult and adult sections, so there’s something for everyone no matter what genre (and gender) you prefer.

Young Adult / YA Books

  • Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (Fantasy)
  • Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It's the highest honour they could hope for...and the most demeaning. This year, there's a ninth. And instead of paper, she's made of fire.”

  • Bonds of Brass by Emily Strutskie (Sci-fi)
  • “A young pilot risks everything to save his best friend--the man he trusts most and might even love--only to learn that his friend is secretly the heir to a brutal galactic empire.”

  • Iron Widow by Xiran Jay (Sci-fi Fantasy)
  • “Science fiction and East Asian myth combine in this dazzling retelling of the rise of Wu Zetian, the only female emperor in Chinese history.”

  • The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski (Fantasy)
  • “Set in the world of the Winner's Trilogy, The Midnight Lie is an epic LGBTQ+ fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us - and the lies we tell ourselves.”

  • The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon
  • “To save a fae kingdom, a trans witch must face his traumatic past and the royal fiancé he left behind.”

  • The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow (Fantasy)
  • In 1893, there's no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box. But when the three Eastwood sisters join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten ways that might turn the women's movement into the witch's movement.”

  • Master of One by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett (Fantasy)
  • A distractingly handsome Fae prince. A too-honorable Queensguard deserter. A scrappy daughter of a disgraced noble family. A deceptively sweet-natured prince. A bona fide member of the Resistance. And him. Rags. They may all be captives in the sorcerer’s terrible scheme, but that won’t stop them from fighting back.”

  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (Fantasy)
  • “Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.”

  • Fragile Remedy by Maria Ingrande Mora (Sci-fi Fantasy)
  • Sixteen-year-old Nate is a Gem--a Genetically Engineered Medical Surrogate--created by Gathos City scientists as a cure for the elite from the fatal lung rot ravaging the population.”

  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas (Fantasy)
  • “Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him. When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.” 

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    New Adult/Adult Books

  • Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (Sci-fi Fantasy)
  • Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers.”

  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (Sci-fi)
  • When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that's seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past. But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer.”

  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (Fantasy)
  • The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction - but assassins are getting closer to her door.”

  • A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske (Fantasy)
  • “Set in an alternative Edwardian England, this is a comedy of manners, manor houses and hedge mazes: including a magic-infused murder mystery and a delightful queer romance.”

  • The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer (Sci-fi)
  • Two boys, alone in space. Sworn enemies sent on the same rescue mission.”

  • The Last Sun (#1 in The Tarot Sequence) by KD Edwards (Fantasy)
  • Rune Saint John, the last child of the fallen Sun Court, is hired to search for Lady Judgment's missing son, Addam, on New Atlantis, the island city where the Atlanteans moved after ordinary humans destroyed their original home.

  • Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant (Sci-fi Fantasy)
  • Seven years ago the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a tragedy. Now a new crew has been assembled. But this time they're not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life's work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart, this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.”

  • The Sol Majestic by Ferrett Steinmetz (Sci-fi)
  • Kenna, an aspirational teen guru, wanders destitute across the stars as he tries to achieve his parents' ambition to advise the celestial elite. Everything changes when Kenna wins a free dinner at The Sol Majestic, the galaxy's most renowned restaurant, giving him access to the cosmos's one-percent. His dream is jeopardized, however, when he learns his highly-publicized free meal risks putting The Sol Majestic into financial ruin.”

  • The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri (Fantasy)
  • “One is a vengeful princess seeking to depose her brother from his throne. The other is a priestess searching for her family. Together, they will change the fate of an empire.”

  • She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker (Fantasy)
  • “An absorbing historical fantasy, She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan reimagines the rise to power of the Ming Dynasty’s founding emperor.”

    This blog post was written by Lauren S. You can follow her reviews on Instagram @hobbitsbooksandbeyond

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