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If you know me, you know I’m all about them queer books and science fiction, so what better way to dive into this year’s scifi month than to tell you my top ten favorite queer scifi books, released in 2020.
There have been an amazing amount of queer (adult) science fiction books this year. So many new releases that I have yet to read all the ones I have been interested in. From alternate realities, over sentient space ships, to evil corporations, there have been many awesome stories newly published just this year, and all of them featuring characters of different queer identities.
The list features quite a few sequels because we’ve been blessed with many amazing books in 2019, so I highly recommend checking out the series overall, but especially the first book as well, if you haven’t yet.
A Pale Light in the Black (NeoG #1) by K.B. WagersThis space opera is the feel-good book 2020 desperately needed, featuring a queer AF space crew (or might as well call them family), either being busy saving lives in space (fights with swords included) or giving their best at the annual sports competition.
Finna by Nino CipriEveryone who has been to IKEA would agree that suddenly being confronted with a way to an alternate reality doesn’t seem that far-fetched but imagine having to enter it to find a lost customer, and with you ex at your side at that. Finna features one hell of an adventure, where the relationship between the main characters is just one of many interesting aspects.
Harrow the Ninth (Locked Tomb #2) by Tamsyn MuirLesbian necromancers in space… who hasn’t heard of them yet? Gideon was an absolute favorite last year and Harrow was in no way inferior to it. This series just keeps on giving, blowing my mind with its twists and unusual way of story telling. Muir sure is a genius.
Chaos Vector (The Protectorate #2) by Megan E. O’KeefeVelocity Weapon, the first book in the series, has one of the most amazing plot twists I have ever read, and its sequel is equally amazing. This space opera series includes a rogue AI space ship, epic space battles, siblings, and much more, plus pretty much everyone is queer.
Prime Deceptions (Chilling Effect #2) byThe psychic cats might not be the main focus of this series, but they are definitely a prime example of how fun these books are. This ownvoice latinx space opera features fun alien races, found family, and lots of exciting (for the reader, dangerous for the characters) missions throughout space, that will both keep you on the edge of your seat as well as make you laugh.
Architects of Memory (The Memory War #1) by Karen OsborneEvil corporations and alien weapons always make for a good conspiracy and the main character of this space opera uncovers one of epic proportions. That she’s also terminally ill only makes this that much more of a mind-fuck.
Repo Virtual by Corey J. WhiteWhite’s debut novel is just as good as his novella series (the Voidwitch Saga). This cyberpunk features a sentient AI which is really all I need, but there is also many great characters, who signed up for a heist and got a lot more than they bargained for, trouble and action guaranteed.
Docile by K.M. SzparaSaying “I enjoyed this book” always feels weird considering its content: its main character having no other option but “willingly” becoming a sex slave of sort, as he lives in a society where this is how you pay off your debts. But I did love how this book tackles the concept of consent and sketches a not so unrealistic future. It sure is brutal, especially considering that you are also reading from the other “owner’s” POV, but it’s a story worth reading.
Seven Devils by Laura Lam, Elizabeth MayA spaceship full of queer ladies fighting the good fight!? Hell yes! But wait, there is more! An evil space prince, a mind manipulating AI and in the midst of it, our ladies, trying to topple the Empire.
The First Sister by Linden A. LewisLook, do the whole “linked minds” thing (think Pacific Rim) and you’ve got me. Not only is the technology exciting in itself but it also makes for interesting relationships and the unlike pair in The First Sister is no different. While depicting a far future and being set in space, its broken society and its characters wanting to do something about it while finding their own place, it very much mirrors our own time.
(Adult) science fiction books are more queer than ever and because there were so many, I didn’t manage to read them all. If you want a longer list / need more queer books, check out my queer releases list of 2020.