Indigenous and POC Authors of Speculative Fiction

(Updated 25 October 2016)


Indigenous Writers of Speculative Fiction


*Nathan Adler, Ojibwe

-Wrist: An Indigenous Monster Story


*Zainab Amadahy, Tslagi

-Moons of Palmares

-Alien Night


*Sherman Alexie, Coeur d’Alene/Spokane



Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

-This Accident of Being Lost


*D.L. Birchfield, Choctaw

-Field of Honor


*Aaron Albert Carr, Laguna Pueblo/Navajo

-The Eye Killers


*Jon Allis Clark, Comanche



*Martin Cruz Smith, Senecu Del Sur Pueblo, Yaqui

-The Indians Won


*Cherie Dimeline, Ojibwe/Metis

-The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy


*Anita Endrezze, Yaqui

-Butterfly Moon


*Stephen Graham Jones, Blackfeet

-The Fast Red Road: A Plainsong

-The Bird is Gone: A Manifesto

-The Night Cyclist


*Jewelle Gomez, Ioway/Wampanoag

-The Gilda Stories


*Blake Hausman, Cherokee

-Riding the Trail of Tears


*Drew Hayden Taylor, Ojibwe

-Motorcycles and Sweetgrass

-The Night Wanderer

-Take Us to Your Chief


*Daniel Heath Justice, Cherokee

-The Way of Thorn and Thunder: The Kynship Chronicles


*Ernest Hogan, Aztec/Chicano

-Smoking Mirror Blues

-High Aztec

-Cortez on Jupiter


*Nalo Hopkinson Taino/Arawak

-Midnight Robber

-Skin Folk

-The New Moon’s Arms (Outstanding performance by reader on audiobook)


*Catherine Knutsson, Anishinabe/Metis

-Shadows Cast By Stars


*Ambelin Kwaymullina, Palyku, Pilbara region, Australia

-The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf


*Misha Nogha, Metis

RedSpider, White Web


*Aaron Paquette, Metis



*William S. Penn, Nez Perce

-The Absence of Angels

-Killing Time with Strangers


*Pamela Rentz, Karok

-Red Tape Stories from Indian Country


*William Sanders, Cherokee

-East of the Sun, West of Fort Smith


*Gerald Vizenor, Anishinabe

– Bearheart: The Heirship Chronicles


-Dead Voices:  Natural Agonies in the  New World

-The Heirs of Columbus

-Treaty Shirts, October 2034_A Familiar Treatise on the White Earth Nation


*Archie Weller, Indigenous Australian

-Land of the Golden Clouds


*Gerry William, Spallumcheen

-The Black Ship


*Daniel H. Willson, Cherokee




*Erzebet Yellowboy

(pen name: Eva Swan)

-The Bone Whistle



Anthologies by Indigenous Editors/Authors


*Grace Dillon, Anishinabe (editor)

-Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction


*Hope Nicholson (editor)

Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time (a collection of indigenous science fiction and urban fantasy focusing on LGBT and two-spirit characters)


POC Writers of Speculative Fiction


*Basma Abdel

-The Queue


*Kathleen Acala

-Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist


*Tanwa Adanlawo

-Phantom Rose


*Linda Addison

-Animated Objects


*Saladin Ahmed

-Throne of the Crescent Moon


*Gregory Bernard Banks

-Phoenix Tales: Stories of Death and Life


*L.A. Banks

-The Cursed (Vampire Huntress Legends series)


*Elia Barceló

-Heart of Tango

-The Goldsmith’s Secret


*Steven Barnes


– Lion’s Blood


*Igoni Barrett



*Samit Basu


-The Simoqin Prophecy


Lashonda Beauregard

-The Mirror in My Dorm Room


*Ven Begamudré

-The Phantom Queen


*Derrick Bell

-Afrolanta Legacies

-Faces at the Bottom of the Well


*David Bowles

-Lords of the Earth: A Kaiju Novel


*Lisa M. Bradley

-The Haunted Girl


*Giannina Braschi

-United States of Banana


*Pablo Brescia


*Maurice Broaddus

-King Maker (The Knights of Breton Court series)


*LeVar Burton



*Octavia Butler


*Jeff Carroll

-Thug Angel: The Rebirth of a Gargoyle


*Daiana Chaviano

-The Island of Eternal Love


*Ted Chiang

-Stories of Your Life and Others

-The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate


Joyce Chng (a.k.a. J. Damask)

-The Wolf at the Door

-Heart of Fire


*Zen Cho

-Spirits Abroad

-Sorcerer to the Crown



-Panther in the Hive


*Wayde Compton

-The Outer Harbour


*M.L. Cooper

– Dark Side of Grace


*Violet Coopersmith

– The Fragipani Hotel


*Zoraida Córdova

-The Vicious Deep

-The Savage Blue


*Indra Das

-The Devourers


*Samuel Delany


*Sandra Y. Desjardins


-Sleeper Cell


*Dilman Dila

-A Killing in the Sun


*Chitra Divakaruni

– The Palace of Illusions

-The Mistress of Spices

-The Conch Bearer



*Tananarive Due

-My Soul to Keep

-The Living Blood

-The Between


*David Anthony Durham

-Acacia: The War with the Mien

-The Other Lands

-The Sacred Band


*Rich Ejire

– Oyala’s Era


*Ahmed Fagih

-Homeless Rats


*Minister Faust

-The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad


*Robert Fleming

Havoc After Dark


*Rhonda (R.S.A.) Garcia

-Lex Talionis


*Rudy Garcia

-The Closet of Discarded Dreams


*R. Garcia y Robertson

-Knight Errant


*Craig Laurance Gidney

-Skin Deep Magic


*Lee Gimenez

-Azul 7

-Virtual Mindstream


*Manuel Gonzales

-The Miniature Wife and Other Stories

-The Regional Office Is Under Attack


*Angélica Gorodischer

-Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire That Never Was


*Amitav Gosh

-Calcutta Chromosome


*Hiromi Goto

-The Kappa Child

-Half World


*Sutton E. Griggs

– Imperium in Imperio


*Andrea Hairston


-Redwoods and Wildfire


*Carlos Hernandez

-The Assimilated Cubans’ Guide to Quantum Santeria


*Yuri Herrera

-Signs Preceding the End of the World


*M.C.A. Hogarth

-The Stone Moon trilogy

-The Her Instruments trilogy

-The Blood Ladders trilogy


*S.L. Huang

-Zero Sum Game


*Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain

-Sultana’s Dream


* Kazuo Ishiguro

-The Buried Giant

-The Unconsoled


*Valjeanne Jeffers

-The Switch II: Clockwork

-The Immortal Series

-Mona Livelong: Paranormal Detective


* N.K. Jemisin

-The Inheritance trilogy

-The Dreamblood duology

-The Fifth Season

-The Obelisk Gate


*Sibley H. John



*Tenea D. Johnson



*Minsoo Kang

-Of Tales and Enigmas


*Intisar Khanani



*Natsuo Kirino

-The Goddess Chronicle


*Jacqueline Koyanagi



*Larissa Lai

-When Fox is a Thousand

-The Salt Fish Girl


*Victor LaValle

-Big Machine

-The Devil in Silver


*Kiese Laymon

-Long Division


*Chang-Rae Lee

-On Such a Full Sea


*Tosca Lee

-Demon: A Memoir


*Yoon Ha Lee

– Conservation of Shadows


*Maria Lima

-Matters of the Blood


*Cixin Liu

-The Three-Body Problem


*Ken Liu

-The Grace of Kings


*Liana Liu

-The Memory Key


* Marjorie M. Liu

-Tiger Eye


*Karen Lord

-Redemption in Indigo


*Lucian of Samosata

-True History


*Carmen Maria Machado

– Her Body and Other Parties


*Sangu Mandanna

-The Lost Girl


*Carole McDonnell

-Wind Follower


*Brandon Massey



*Adrian Mendoza

-Kaleidoscope series


*Suki Michelle & Carlyle Clark

-The Apocalypse Gene


*Miyuki Miyabe

-Brave Story

-The Book of Heroes


*Mary Anne Mohanraj

-The Stars Change


* B. Sharise Moore



*Alejandro Morales

– The Rag Doll Plagues


*Sylvia Moreno-Garcia

-Signal to Noise

-Certain Dark Things


*Walter Mosley

-The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


-The Wave

-Blue Light


*Marie Ndiaye



*Nichelle Nichols

-Saturn’s Child


*Silvina Ocampo

-Thus Were Their Faces


*Ellen Oh




*Balogun Ojetade

-Moses: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman


*Dwight Okita

-The Prospect of My Arrival


*Nnedi Okorofor


-Who Fears Death (I recommend the audiobook. Great reader/performer!)



*Ben Okri

-The Famished Road


*Daniel José Older

-Salsa Nocturna

-The Half-Resurrection Blues, Bone Street Rumba novel #1

-Midnight Taxi Tango, Bone Street Rumba novel #2


*Deji Bryce Olukotum

-Nigerians in Space


*Helen Oyeyemi

-Mr. Fox

-The Icarus Girl

-What is Not Yours, Is Not Yours


Jewell Parker Rhodes





* Edmundo Paz Soldán



*Rasheedah Phillips

-Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales)


*Chris J. Randolph

-Biotech Legacy: Stars Rain Down


*Evie Rhodes


-Criss Cross


*Augustin de Rojas

-Legends of the Future


*Shawna Yang Ryan

-Lock 1928 (reissued as Water Ghosts)


*Ahmed Saadawi

-Frankenstein in Baghdad


*S.F. Said



* Kiini Ibura Salaam

-Ancient, Ancient


*Sofia Samatar

-A Stranger in Olondria

-The Winged Histories


*Stephanie Saulter



*Charles Saunders



*Nisi Shawl


-Filter House (stories)


*Nalini Singh

-Slaves to Sensation (Psy-Changeling Book 1)


*Nikhil Singh

-Taty Went West


*Vandana Singh

-The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet


*Sherri L. Smith



*Sandy Tan

-The Black Isle


*Ahmed Towfik



* Ibn Tufail

-Hayy ibn Yaqdhan


*Charlie Vasquez



*Sabrina Vourvoulias



*Abdourahman Waberi

-The United States of Africa


*Cecil Washington

-Badlands: An Underground Science Fiction Novel


*Colson Whitehead

-The Intuitionist

-Zone One


*Kai Ashante Wilson

-The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps


*Alyssa Wong

-The Fisher Queen


*Karen Tei Yamashita

-Through the Arc of the Rain Forest


*Sukanya Vekatraghavan

-Dark Things


*Yoss (a.k.a. José Miguel Sanchez Gomez)

-Planet for Rent


*Charles Yu

-How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe



Young Adult/Teen Speculative Fiction


*Noura al Noman



*Samit Basu

-Terror on the Titanic


*David Bowles

-Smoking Mirror (Garza Twins #1)

-A Kingdom Beneath the Sea (Garza Twins #2)


*Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki

-The Skeleton Man


*Teagan Chilcott, Kamilaroi (Australia)

-Rise of the Fallen


*Coraida Cordova

-Labyrinth Lost


*Alaya Dawn Johnson

-The Summer Prince

-Love is the Drug


*C.B. Lee

-Not Your Sidekick


*Cynthia Leitich Smith, Muscogee Creek

-Feral Nights

-Sanguini’s Store


*Grace Lin

-Where the Mountain Meets the Moon


*Malinda Lo



*Marie Lu



*Guadalupe Garcia McCall

-Summer of the Mariposas


*Anil Menon

-The Beast with Nine Billion Feet


*Walter Mosely



*Nnedi Okorofor

-Akata Witch

-Zahrah the Windseeker


*Balogun Ojetade

-The Keys


*Daniel José Older



*Kelly Parra

-Supernatural Hunters


*Cindy Pon

-Silver Phoenix

-Fury of the Phoenix



*Armando Rendon

-Noldo and His Magical Scooter


*Jewell Parker Rhodes

-Bayou Magic


*Sherri L. Smith

-Lucy the Giant


*Yasutaka Tsutsui

-The Girl Who Leapt Through Time


*Kat Zhang

What’s Left of Me (Hybrid Chronicles Book 1)




Anthologies by POC Editors/Authors


*Linda Addison, Kinitra Brooks, Ph.D., and Susana Morris (editors)

-Sycorax’s Daughters


*Angela C. Allen (editor)

-Dark Thirst


*Ayodele Arigbabu (editor)

-Lagos_2060: Exciting Sci-Fi Stories from Nigeria


*Djibril al-Ayad and Fabio Fernandes (editors)

-We See a Different Frontier: A Post-Colonial Speculative Fiction


*Charlotte Bailey and Florence Okoye (editors)

-The Future of Us: An Anthology, published by Afrofutures_UK


*L.A. Banks, Tananarive Due and Brandon Massey (authors)

-The Ancestors


*Andrea L. Bell and Yolanda Molina Gavilan (editors)

-Cosmos Latinos: An Anthology of Science Fiction from Latin America and Spain


*Adrienne Maree Brown (editor)

-Octavia’s Brood


* Bill Campbell and Edward Austin Hall (editors)

-Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond


*Joyce Chng (editor)

-The Sea is Ours: Tales from Steampunk Southeast Asia (edited with Jaymee Goh)

-Ayam Curtain, a Singaporean anthology of SFF micro fiction (edited with J.Y. Yang)


*Zen Cho (editor)

-Cyberpunk Malaysia


*Milton Davis (editor)

-Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology

-Griots: Sisters of the Spear (edited with Charles Saunders)

-Steamfunk! (edited with Balogun Ojetade)

-Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction (edited with Jarvis Sheffield)


*Nerine Dorman (editor)

-Terra Incognita: New Short Speculative Stories from Africa


*Rose Fox and Daniel José Older (editors)

-Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History


*Matthew Goodwin (editor)

-Latin@ Rising


*Eduardo Jiménez-Mayo (editor)

-Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic


*Mikki Kendall and Sofia Samatar (editors)

-Hidden Youth: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History


*Iver W. Hartman (editor)

-AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers


* Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan (editors)

-So Long Been Dreaming


*Walidah Imarisha (editor)

-Octavia’s Brood


*Brandon Massey (editor)

-Dark Dreams


*Anil Menon and Vandana Singh (editors)

-Breaking the Bough: Speculative Fiction Inspired by the Ramayana


Balogun Ojetade (editor)

-Rococoa (Afrocentric Rococopunk)


*Nisi Shawl (editor)

-Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars

-Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel Delaney


*Jarvis Sheffield (editor)

-Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction, Volume 2


*Vincent Michael Simbulan (editor)

-A Time for Dragons: An Anthology of Philipine Draconic Fiction


*Charles Tan (editor)

-Lauriat: A Filipino-Chinese Speculative Fiction Anthology


*Sheree Renee Thomas (editor)

-Dark Matter

-Dark Matter: Reading the Bones





*Sandra Jackson

-The Black Imagination: Science Fiction, Futurism, and the Speculative


*Ytasha L. Womack

-Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture


*Marleen S. Barr (editor)

-Afro-Future Females: Black Writers Chart Science Fiction’s Newest New-Wave Trajectory


*Isiah Lavender III (editor)

Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction


*Rasheedah Phillips (editor)

-Black Quantum Futurism: Theory & Practice, Vol.1.


Short Story Authors


*Derrick A. Bell

-The Space Traders


*Stephani Maari Booker

-A Way of Knowing

-Secret Insurrection (1st novel excerpt,

-Secret Insurrection: Blood bonds, Memory binds (2nd novel excerpt, in The Future of Us: An Anthology, published by Afrofutures_UK)


*K. Tempest Bradford

-See Wikipedia for a list of her short stories.


*Donna Hill (

-The Touch (in Dark Thirst)


*Jose Iriarte (

-Cupid and Psyche at the Café Sol y Mar (


*Darcy Little Badger, Lippan Apache (

-The Sea Under Texas


*Carmen Maria Machado (

-The Husband Stitch

-Please Help Me Follow My Sister into the Land of the Dead


*Amal el-Mohtar (

-The Green Book


*Chris Nakashima-Brown (

-The Sun Also Explodes


*Daniel Olivas (

-How to Date a Flying Mexican


*Bao Phi (

-Revolution Shuffle (in Octavia’s Brood)


*Julia Rios (

-Search Amazon for a list of anthologies her short stories appear in.


*Eden Robinson, Haisla/Heiltsuk (

-Terminal Avenue


*Julie Rodriguez (

-The Crater Maiden


*Gina Ruiz (

-Chanclas & Aliens


*Robert Sullivan, Maori (

-Star Waka (poems)


*Rajnar Vajra (

-The Triple Sun (

-See Analog magazine and for his other short stories.


*Alberto Yáñez (

-The Coffin Makers’ Love






*Noura al Noman (





*Kathleen Acalá (

*Daína Chaviano (

*Angélica Gorodischer (



Unpublished/Forthcoming Books


Secret Insurrection by Stephani Maari Booker


Untitled novel by Junot Díaz


KE KAUPU HEHI ALE— Nets for Snaring the Sun: Speculative Work from the Hawai’i and the Pacific (call for submissions at


People of Colour Destroy Fantasy! — Fantasy Magazine Special Issue




The Possibilities (and Problems) of Indigenizing SF


Putting the I in Speculative: Looking at U.S. Latino/a Writers and Stories


Haint Stories Rooted in Conjure Science: Indigenous Scientific Literacies in Andrea Hairston’s Redwood and Wildfire By Grace Dillon


Mindblowing SF by Women and People of Color –


Move over HP Lovecraft, fantasy writers of colour are … by Daniel José Older


Lao Science Fiction on the Rise by Little Laos on the Prairie


Six Essential Fantasy and Science Fiction Books Written By Black Authors by Troy Wiggins


The Space NDN’s Star Map by Lou Catherine Cornum


How I Accidentally Created Chicano Sci-Fi by Ernest Hogan


The Surprising Intersection of Islam and Scifi





Writing While Black/Writing While Indigenous: Two Voices Speak on Literature, Representation, and Justice


Science Fiction & Blackness: A Conversation with Raimi Gbadamosi on African Futures



Academic papers


Haint Stories Rooted in Conjure Science: Indigenous Scientific Literacies in Andrea Hairston’s Redwood and Wildfire by Grace L. Dillon (Anishinaabe)



Facebook pages and groups

(Search Facebook for these pages)


Metis in Space


Imagining Indigenous Futurisms


Wildseeds: The New Orleans Octavia Butler Emergent Strategy Collective


Black Girl Nerds


The Black Science Fiction Society


Mothership Connections Black Sci-Fi Club


Indian Science Fiction Readers


A Tribe Called Geek, “Indigenerdity for the geek at the powwow in a Dr. Who shirt.”


El Fin Esta Cerca: Sci-Fi & Horror en Latinoamerica (Sci-Fi cinema posts in Spanish)


Carl Brandon Society


Scifi Latino/a


Latino/a Arising


The State of Black Science Fiction




Metis in Space


Black Tribbles – Too cool to be geeks, too cute to be nerds





See Daniel José Older’s blog for a great list of urban fantasy writers of color. There are links to author pages on his blog.


  1. Tempest Bradford blog


Bryan Thao Worra’s blog


Grace Dillon’s webpage (Anishinaabe)


Rocket Kapre – Fantastic Filipino Speculative Fiction


The Mixedblood Review of Books, a blog by Lindsey Catherine Cornum (Navajo)


La Bloga: A Day of Latino Science Fiction


Overcoming the Noble Savage & the Sexy Squaw: Native Steampunk


98 Musing about Native Steampunk


Aboriginal Characters in the Fantasy Genre: Noble, No More by Gwen Benaway…/aboriginal-characters-in-the-fanta


Other Resources


Multicultural Speculative Fiction list by Carole McDonnell


Colorlines magazine’s The Ultimate 21st Century People of Color Sci-Fi List


Reviews of Multicultural Speculative Fiction for kids and teens


Speculative Literature Foundation | Mission: To promote literary quality in speculative fiction


Shattered Prism Magazine, edited by Carmelo Rafala and Amir Naaman


Islam and Science Fiction

UPDATED List: 150+ Asian Speculative Fiction Authors (with links)


Black Inspiring Your Imagination


Magazine Special Issues

Jalada 02: Afrofuture(s)


Extrapolation special issue on Indigenous Futurisms!

Extrapolation: Vol 57, No 1-2


People of Colour Destroy SF!

Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 73 (June 2016, People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction! Special Issue)


People of Colour Destroy Horror!

Nightmare Magazine, Issue 49 (October 2016, People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror! Special Issue)




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