Best Queer Science Fiction

By Ry Herman

By Ry Herman
Some of my top picks for excellent LGBTQI+ sci-fi!

Afterparty

Daryl Gregory

£7.99 £7.43

If you could really hack someone's mind with designer drugs, the result would be this disturbing dystopia. Unless it's secretly a utopia. Maybe it's both. Really, really excellent book, with a great story guaranteed to provoke uncomfortable thoughts.

The Psychology of Time Travel

Kate Mascarenhas

£8.99 £8.36

Well, this was a delight. A locked-room murder mystery, a love story, and a deep look at how time travel might seriously mess with your mind.

This is How You Lose the Time War: An epic time-travelling love story, winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novella

Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

£10.00 £9.30

Well, this was fantastic. Both a great time travel story AND a great romance story. I'm also a sucker for epistolary writing, so that was a nice bonus for me.

A Memory Called Empire: Winner of the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novel

Arkady Martine

£8.99 £8.36

A stunning blending of palace intrigue, murder mystery, and space opera with a riveting setting and great characters.

The Rift

Nina Allan

£7.99 £7.43

Don't read this one expecting a traditional science-fiction novel. I had no idea where it was going when I started it, and found it to be an odd, lyrical book about the blurry line between reality and fiction, truth and fantasy, trust and doubt. It provides no easy answers and makes no obvious statements. And I liked it. A lot.

Slow River

Nicola Griffith

£9.99 £9.29

One of the true greats of science fiction. An heiress’ life changes dramatically after she is kidnapped. The SF aspects are truly fascinating (and unusual) without ever overshadowing the human story. This is the gripping story of love, drugs, abuse, and sewage treatment you never knew you wanted. But did.

The Child Garden

Geoff Ryman

£8.99 £8.36

Set in the relatively far future, it’s about a theater artist who does not fit into the world around her (and the genetically modified polar bear person she loves.) It’s odd, and fine, and like drinking a shot of concentrated clinical depression. I highly recommend it.

Architects of Memory

Karen Osborne

£13.99 £13.01

I have a definite weakness for science fiction books that drop the readers in the middle of a complex world without explanation and trust them to figure it out.

Gideon the Ninth

Tamsyn Muir

£13.99 £13.01

If there's one thing I love, it's SFF novels that drop you into the middle of a fascinating world with minimal explanation or exposition. And when that fascinating world can be described as "queer space necromancers", well, I'm pretty much sold.

The Prey of Gods

Nicky Drayden

£9.99 £9.29

This book was pretty wild. It was messy in many ways, but it was kind of a glorious mess. I liked it.

Adaptation

Malinda Lo

£6.99 £6.50

Catfishing On Catnet: A Novel

Naomi Kritzer

£13.99 £13.01

The story this book is based on was charming; the book itself has more plot and more action (as books do), but still retains much of the charm, while adding a cavalcade of interesting characters.

Love Minus Eighty

Will McIntosh

£7.99 £7.43

The Stone Gods

Jeanette Winterson

£8.99 £8.36

The Stars Are Legion

Kameron Hurley

£10.99 £10.22

If there's one thing Kameron Hurley is expert at delivering, it's a world where the technology is as fascinating as it is completely disgusting. That's a compliment. The grotesquely organic worldships in this book are a vivid and imaginative setting.

84K: 'An eerily plausible dystopian masterpiece' Emily St John Mandel

Claire North

£8.99 £8.36

For anyone who has heard noises being made about "government being run more like a business", this book is a chilling look at what that would probably entail: a society in which everything has a price and therefore nothing has a value, including -- perhaps especially -- human life. But like most of the best SFF, it's also a look at our own, current society and values. It's set in a world where those who are comfortable do their best to ignore the fact that somewhere, unseen people are starving, dying, or worse. Sound familiar?

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: Wayfarers 1

Becky Chambers

£8.99 £8.36

A charming book about a civilian starship crew on a long mission to do a job, with a focus on interpersonal and interspecies relationships, understanding, and misunderstanding. I liked it a good deal.

Planetfall

Emma Newman

£9.99 £9.29

I’m going to start with a compliment that may not be a common one — I was very impressed by the structure of this book. The pace at which information is revealed, the interplay between past and present, are beautifully handled. Also, the narrative voice was engrossing.

The Gracekeepers

Kirsty Logan

£8.99 £8.36

Space Opera: HUGO AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST NOVEL 2019

Catherynne M. Valente

£8.99 £8.36

Pretty delightful. Fun, silly, and inventive, with a more-than-occasional bite that gives the humor some sharp teeth.