ReadOUT 2021 Speculative Fiction Guide

Lesbian Speculative Fiction

Recommendations by Tenea D. Johnson. For more info, visit:

  1. Carmela by Sheridan Le Fanu (1872) lesbian protagonist (not author)
  2. The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez
  3. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  4. The Female Man by Joanna Russ
  5. Xenogenesis Trilogy by Octavia Butler
  6. Slow River, Ammonite, Bending the Landscape (anthology) by Nicola Griffith
  7. Heiress of Russ 2013 (anthology) coedited by Tenea Johnson
  8. Ash, Last Night at the Telegraph Club, “one true love” by Malinda Lo
  9. An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
  10. The Salt Roads, Falling in Love with Hominids by Nalo Hopkinson
  11. Catherine Lundoff (no specific book)
  12. Ever Fair by Nisi Shawl
  13. Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks
  14. Ginn Hale (bisexual or queer)
  15. When Fox is a Thousand by Larisa Lai
  16. Smoketown, R/Evolution, Blueprints for Better Worlds by Tenea D. Johnson
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