Book RecsMar 31, 2024

48 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books By Trans Authors You Should Not Miss

Note: this post uses trans the umbrella term and includes not only trans masc/fem authors but covers the whole spectrum of gender-queer identities.

Reading stories by and about trans/genderqueer voices is incredibly important to me and so I’ve already made multiple lists both here on the blog and over on Instagram to highlight books by trans authors but a newer, updated one is long overdue. On this year’s International Transgender Day of Visibility though I want to specifically highlight those who are… less visible. Books that aren’t seen as much on social media as others.

It’s great to see the amount of books by genderqueer authors increasing and some authors seem to have become well known names, but there are also many who are criminally underhyped. Most books are on this list simply because they have (a lot) less than 200 ratings on Goodreads and truly deserve to find more readers, and some others which might have some more, but still seem to often be missing from regular recommendation lists and just maybe I sneaked in a favorite or two I just want to push on everyone a little more.

Underhyped (adult) SFF Books by Trans Authors

Yours Celestially by Al Hess

Bang Bang Bodhisattva by Aubrey Wood

The Erstwhile Tyler Kyle by Steve Hugh Westenra

The Fealty of Monsters, Vol. 1 by Ladz

The Bayou by Arden Powell

Dead Collections by Isaac Fellman

Flotsam by R.J. Theodore

The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A.J. Fitzwater

Empire of Light by Alex Harrow

The Undetectables by Courtney Smyth

Be the Sea by Clara Ward

Hamlet, Prince of Robots by M. Darusha Wehm

The Trans Space Octopus Congregation: Stories by Bogi Takács

These Fragile Graces, This Fugitive Heart by Izzy Wasserstein

The Unbalancing by R.B. Lemberg

Pluralities by Avi Silver

Station Six by S.J. Klapecki

Depart, Depart! by Sim Kern

Mercy by Ian Haramaki

Jack of Thorns by A.K. Faulkner

The Southern Magicks by Ashton K. Rose

Stray Dogs by Freya Faust

Queen by J.S. Fields

Queens of Noise by Leigh Harlen

Sanctuary by Andi C. Buchanan

Unwieldy Creatures by Addie Brook Tsai

The Fall That Saved Us by Tamara Jerée

Unity by Elly Bangs

Scatter by Molly J. Bragg

From the Dark We Came by J. Emery

Gamechanger by L.X. Beckett

The Infinite Miles by Hannah Fergesen

Killing Gravity by Corey J. White

Burn the Dark by S.A. Hunt

Everyone on the Moon Is Essential Personnel by Julian K. Jarboe

If Found, Return to Hell by Em X. Liu

Warped State by Jo Miles

Your Shadow Half Remains by Sunny Moraine

Annihilation Aria by Michael R. Underwood

The Wingspan of Severed Hands by Joe Koch

A Light Most Hateful by Hailey Piper

The Child of Hameln by Max Turner

The Reanimator’s Heart by Kara Jorgensen

Junker Seven by Olive J. Kelley

The Stones Stay Silent by Danny Ride

Proud Pink Sky by Redfern Jon Barrett

Guns Above by Robyn Bennis

Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells

I really hope everyone checks out a few if not all of these titles and finds something new to read by trans authors. And while this list already has a decent number of books, there’s lots more I would love to hype up and I’ll make sure to be back with more lists for this year’s Pride Month and highlight more underhyped books by genderqueer authors.

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