gay couple sitting in bed and reading books in the morning

Reading LGBTQ+ fantasy novels can bring a unique take on typical sci-fi themes while also providing representation for LGBTQ+ people who are frequently underrepresented in mainstream media. These books can also be used to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community and their experiences.

Furthermore, LGBTQ+ sci-fi novels can be as engrossing and well-written as any other sci-fi story, delivering a delightful reading experience for all readers. So I’ve compiled a short list of some of my favorite LGBTQ+ sci-fi reads and so-to-be reads!

woman in a spacesuit with blue helmet
Photo by Mikhail Nilov on

Science fiction has always been a genre that explores the unknown and challenges our understanding of the world around us. For members of the LGBTQ+ community, science fiction can be a space to explore identity and the intersections of sexuality and gender with technology and the future. Here are five LGBTQ+ sci-fi novels you should read:

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin – This classic novel explores a world where gender is fluid and individuals can shift between male and female. It’s a groundbreaking exploration of gender and identity.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie – In this novel, the main character is a spaceship AI who has been fragmented into multiple bodies, some of which are male and some of which are female. It’s a unique exploration of gender and identity in a futuristic setting.

The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz – This novel follows two groups of time travelers as they fight over the fate of the past and future. It’s a thrilling exploration of the possibilities of time travel and features a diverse cast of LGBTQ+ characters!

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – This novel follows a diverse crew of characters on a spaceship as they travel through space and encounter new cultures. It’s a heartwarming exploration of humanity and the importance of acceptance!

Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany – This novel is a complex exploration of sexuality, race, and identity set in a post-apocalyptic city. It’s a challenging read but one that is rewarding for those who stick with it!

Thanks for reading, and remember:

Live. Laugh. Love.

Submit Yourself for An Interview

Join over 100 authors!


Similar Posts