Queer SFF releases 2021

The list of queer (adult) SFF gets longer and longer every year and I thought it was handy to have the full list in one place, not just for myself, but for others to find even more queer book releases as well.

Below you’ll find a list of queer adult science fiction and fantasy titles, and if known to me, details on queer identities they include. (even if no details are given, there is always at least one main character who is queer. I’m adding books based on what authors themself identified as a queer book or assumed based on previous books in a series)

The list is in no way meant to be complete but it’s all the queer titles I found matching my personal interests.

You can also find my list of 2020’s releases here.

Note: Release dates are always subject to change and I can’t guarantee that this list is always accurate, but I’ll always be looking out for newly announced release dates, especially for those books that have no date yet as of me adding them to the list. All covers link to a book page with a full summary (blurbs are from authors or their publishers, not written by me).

(this list is a work in progress as of now and constantly updated, so excuse the occasional chaos and missing data)

January

05
Persephone Station by Stina Leicht
  • space opera
  • non-binary MC
  • pan MC
  • sapphic MC
A semi-organized band of beneficent criminals, wayward assassins, and washed up mercenaries with a penchant for doing the honorable thing.
12
The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry by C.M. Waggoner
  • historical fantasy
  • sapphic
  • ff
A down-and-out fire witch and a young gentlewoman join forces against a deadly conspiracy.
21
The Mask of Mirrors (Rook & Rose #1) by M.A. Carrick
  • (epic) fantasy
  • queernorm world
  • queer MCs
In Nadežra, known as the City of Dreams, a con artist tries to pull off the ultimate scheme.
(behind Carrick is the author team of Marie Brennan and Alyc Helms!)
26
Dealbreaker (The Bounceback #2) by L.X. Beckett
  • scifi
  • lesbian MC
About the Bounceback Generation, the first to be raised free of the troubles of the late twenty-first century.

February

02
Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell
  • scifi
  • mm
In an unforgiving empire, a scandal-prone prince and a dutiful scholar, who are forced into a political marriage, try to prevent an interplanetary war.
09
Engines of Oblivion (The Memory War #2) by Karen Osborne
  • scifi
  • bi MC
  • ff
Corporations running the galaxy are about to learn not everyone can be bought.
Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard
  • fantasy
  • ff
F/f The Goblin Emperor meets Howl’s Moving Castle in a precolonial Vietnamese inspired universe.
16
Soulstar (Witchmark #3) by C.L. Polk
  • historical fantasy
Assassinations, deadly storms, and long-lost love.
18
The Galaxy, and the Ground Within (Wayfarers #4) Becky Chambers
  • space opera
  • queernorm world
When a freak technological failure halts traffic to and from the planet Gora, three strangers are thrown together unexpectedly, with seemingly nothing to do but wait.
23
Out Past the Stars (Farian War #3) by K.B. Wagers
  • scifi
  • bi MC
Gunrunner empress Hail Bristol must navigate alien politics and deadly plots to prevent an interspecies war.
Escaping Exodus: Symbiosis by Nicky Drayden
  • scifi
  • queernorm world
A society lives in the belly of a beast—and an entire civilization’s survival depends on a pair of uneasy allies who must come together for one epic battle.

March

02
A Desolation Called Peace (Teixcalaan #2) by Arkady Martine
  • scifi
  • ff
An alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with it, no one can destroy it, and Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus is running out of options.
23
The Unbroken (Magic of the Lost #1) by C.L. Clark
  • fantasy
  • sapphic
A tale of rebellion, espionage, and military might on the far outreaches of a crumbling desert empire.

April

06
First, Become Ashes by K.M. Szpara
  • fantasy
  • gay MC
The Fellowship raised Lark to kill monsters. But were those monsters ever real? (NOTE: contains explicit sadomasochism and sexual content, including rape)
13
Malice by Heather Walter
  • (epic) fantasy
  • sapphic
A princess isn’t supposed to fall for an evil sorceress. But in this darkly magical retelling of “Sleeping Beauty,” true love is more than a simple fairy tale.
Gifting Fire (Stealing Thunder #2) by Alina Boyden
  • (epic) fantasy
  • trans(fem) MC
15
Sistersong by Lucy Holland
  • historical fantasy
  • GNC MC
A tale of three siblings and three deadly sins.

May

04
Firebreak by  Nicole Kornher-Stace
  • scifi
  • aroace MC
One young woman faces down an all-powerful corporation.
Cover to be revealed
Oaths of Legacy (The Bloodright Trilogy #2) by Emily Skrutskie
  • space opera
  • mm
11
We are Satellites by Sarah Pinsker
  • scifi / literary fiction
  • ff
About one (queer) family and the technology that divides them.
Cover to be revealed
The House of Always (A Chorus of Dragons #4) by Jenn Lyons
  • (epic) fantasy
  • bi MC
What if you were imprisoned for all eternity?
A Master of Djinn (Fatma el-Sha’arawi #3) by P. Djèlí Clark
  • fantasy
  • sapphic MC
When someone murders a secret brotherhood dedicated to one of the most famous men in history, al-Jahiz, Agent Fatma is called onto the case.
18
The Lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis
  • (historical) fantasy
  • bi MC (m/f relationship)
In the quiet streets of Prague all manner of otherworldly creatures lurk in the shadows. Unbeknownst to its citizens, their only hope against the tide of predators are the dauntless lamplighters – secret elite of monster hunters.
25
Cover to be revealed
Hard Reboot by Django Wexler
  • scifi
  • ff
Giant mech arena battles and intergalactic diplomacy. When did academia get to be so complicated?

June

08
The Jasmine Throne (Burning Kingdoms #1) by Tasha Suri
  • (epic) fantasy
  • ff
A long-imprisoned princess and a maidservant in possession of forbidden magic come together to rewrite the fate of an empire.
22
The All-Consuming World by Cassandra Khaw
  • scifi
  • queer women
Queer women of color pulling a heist off against the AI gods that run the galaxy.

July

08
Cover to be revealed
Blood of the Chosen (Burningblade and Silvereye #2) by Django Wexler
  • (epic) fantasy
  • mm
  • ff
Long ago a great war wreaked devastation, destroying an empire and leaving a new republic in its wake. Now a new civil war has begun.
13
Cover to be revealed
Catalyst Gate (The Protectorate #3) by Megan E. O’Keefe
  • scifi
  • bi/pan MC
The universe is under threat and an ancient alien intelligence threatens to bring humanity down.
20
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
  • fantasy
  • genderqueer MC
  • trans MC
Mulan meets The Song of Achilles in this reimagining of the rise of the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty.
22
A Desert Torn Asunder (The Song of the Shattered Sands #6) by Bradley P. Beaulieu
  • (epic) fantasy
  • bi MC
The twelve kings of Sharakai tried to bury their secrets in the sand. But no matter how deeply they are buried, secrets want to be found.
27
Hold Fast Through the Fire (NeoG #2) by K.B. Wagers
  • space opera
  • pan MC
  • ace MC
  • non-binary MC
The crew of Zuma’s Ghost must contend with personnel changes and a powerful cabal hellbent on dominating the trade lanes.

August

24
The Second Rebel (The First Sister #2) by Linden A. Lewis
  • scifi
  • bi MC
  • non-binary MC
26
Cover to be revealed
The Quicksilver Court (The Gate of Secrets #2) by Melissa Caruso
  • (epic) fantasy
  • bi MC
31
Cover to be revealed
The Devil You Know (Mercenary Librarians #2) by Kit Rocha
  • Dystopian
  • romance
  • bi MC
Cover to be revealed
In the Watchful City by S. Qiouyi Lu
  • fantasy
  • non-binary MC
A lyrical, intimate novella set in a remote, fantastical city that uses a complex living network to watch over its inhabitants and visitors.

September

01
The Furious Heaven (The Sun Chronicles #2) by Kate Elliot
  • scifi
  • sapphic
09
Cover to be revealed
The Bone Shard Emperor (The Drowning Empire #2) by Andrea Stewart
  • fantasy
  • sapphic MC
  • ff

October

21
Cover to be revealed
Azura Ghost (The Graven #2) by Essa Hansen
  • space opera
  • ace MC

No release date yet

Cover to be revealed
Alecto the Ninth (Locked Tomb #3) by Tamsyn Muir
  • space opera
  • fantasy
  • lesbian MC
Lesbian necromancers in space! This is the conclusion to the series.
Cover to be revealed
Among Thieves by M.J. Kuhn
  • fantasy
  • ff
A team of queer criminals who are the best at what they do come together to pull off an impossible job and against all odds start to care about each other, all while scheming to betray each other.

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