2022 is yet another year full of amazing queer (adult) science fiction and fantasy releases. From debuts, over sequels, to series conclusions, and standalones in between, there is something for everyone.
While these lists get longer every year, people still seem to think adult SFF doesn’t have a lot to offer, which is why I put in all the work for these lists.
These are all stories that feature (main) characters who are queer. That’s all. It doesn’t have to be stories about being queer. We just want to exist and have adventures too.
2022’s queer SFF releases
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.
(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 missing data.
This is just one person’s work and mistakes might easily be made. If you know any labels to be wrong or of any missing ones, please let me know!
Quantum of Nightmares (Dead Lies Dreaming #2) by Charles Stross
he avuncular Prime Minister is an ancient eldritch god of unimaginable power. Crime is plummeting as almost every offense is punishable by death. And everywhere you look, there are people with strange powers, some of which they can control, and some, not so much.
All the White Spaces by Ally Wilkes
- trans MC
In the wake of the First World War, Jonathan Morgan stows away on an Antarctic expedition, determined to find his rightful place in the world of men. Aboard the expeditionary ship of his hero, Jonathan may live as his true self—and true gender—and have the adventures he has always been denied. But not all is smooth sailing: the war casts its long shadow over them all, and grief, guilt, and mistrust skulk among the explorers.
Goliath by Tochi Onyebuchi
- achillean mc
In the 2050s, Earth has begun to empty. Those with the means and the privilege have departed the great cities of the United States for the more comfortable confines of space colonies. Those left behind salvage what they can from the collapsing infrastructure. As they eke out an existence, their neighborhoods are being cannibalized. Brick by brick, their houses are sent to the colonies, what was once a home now a quaint reminder for the colonists of the world that they wrecked.
Light Years From Home by Mike Chen
- sapphic MC
Every family has issues. Most can’t blame them on extraterrestrials.
Evie Shao and her sister, Kass, aren’t on speaking terms. Fifteen years ago on a family camping trip, their father and brother vanished. Their dad turned up days later, dehydrated and confused—and convinced he’d been abducted by aliens.
Some by Virtue Fall by Alexandra Rowland
- lesbian MC
- (All queer)
By the King’s Edict, men have been banned from performing on stage. Everyone else is still out for blood.
Sabajan Hollant, director and co-founder of the celebrated Lord Chancellor’s Players, has one resolution: This time they’re going to do it right. No accidents, no rising to other troupes’ provocations and taunts, and certainly no more duelling in the streets.
But their arch-rivals have different plans, and soon enough, Saba and her troupe are caught up once again in an escalating drama of revenge, betrayal, and outright sabotage.
The Magic Between by Stephanie Hoyt
- BI MC
In a world where everyone has magic coursing through them, legend says magic itself craves a mate. Legend says those with opposite magics have the greatest chance of forming the unbreakable Bond it desires.
Legend never said anything about what to do when sparks fly between two people opposite in more ways than just magic.
Dead Collections by Isaac Fellman
- trans (masc) MC
When archivist Sol meets Elsie, the larger than life widow of a moderately famous television writer who’s come to donate her wife’s papers, there’s an instant spark. But Sol has a secret: he suffers from an illness called vampirism, and hides from the sun by living in his basement office.
The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories
A short story collection written, edited, and translated by a female and non-binary team.
In The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories, you can dine at a restaurant at the end of the universe, cultivate to immortality in the high mountains, watch roses perform Shakespeare, or arrive at the island of the gods on the backs of giant fish to ensure that the world can bloom.
The City of Dusk (The Dark Gods #1) by Tara Sim
- bi MC
The Four Realms-Life, Death, Light, and Darkness-all converge on the city of dusk. For each realm there is a god, and for each god there is an heir.
But the gods have withdrawn their favor from the once vibrant and thriving city. And without it, all the realms are dying.
Sanctuary by Andi C. Buchanan
- nb MC
Morgan’s home is a sanctuary for ghosts.
The once-grand, now dilapidated old house they live in has become a refuge for their found family. In a world that wasn’t built for their queer, neurodivergent selves, they’ve made it into a place they belong.
When a collection of ghosts trapped in old bottles are delivered to their door, something from the past is unleashed
Spear by Nicola Griffith
The girl knows she has a destiny before she even knows her name. She grows up in the wild, in a cave with her mother, but visions of a faraway lake come to her on the spring breeze, and when she hears a traveler speak of Artos, king of Caer Leon, she knows that her future lies at his court.
The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
Exploring how different threads of liberation—queerness, race, gender plurality, and love—become tangled with future possibilities of memory and time in such a totalitarian landscape…and what the costs might be when trying to unravel and weave them into freedoms.
The Southern Magicks by Ashton K. Rose
- bi mc
How do you prove your innocence when you don’t even remember whether you did it or not?
After a demon attack reveals Dexter’s secret – that his Gran taught him magic – the twenty-three-year-old librarian is forced to work for the local magical law enforcement agency in order to prove his loyalty.
Under Unfortunate Stars by Ren Hutchings
Fleeing the final days of the generations-long war, smuggler Jereth Keeven’s freighter the Jonah breaks down in a strange rift in deep space, with little chance of rescue—until they encounter the research vessel which claims to be from 152 years in the future
The Legacy of Molly Southbourne (Molly Southbourne #3) by Tade Thompson
Whenever Molly Southbourne bled, a murderer was born. Deadly copies, drawn to destroy their creator, bound by a legacy of death. With the original Molly Southbourne gone, her remnants drew together, seeking safety and a chance for peace. The last Molly and her sisters built a home together, and thought they could escape the murder that marked their past.
But secrets squirm in Molly Southbourne’s blood…
Uncommon Charm by Emily Bergslien and Kat Weaver
- gothic comedy
In the 1920s, bright young socialite Julia and shy Jewish magician Simon decide they aren’t beholden to their families’ unhappy history. Together they confront such horrors as murdered ghosts, alive children, magic philosophy, a milieu that slides far too easily into surrealist metaphor, and, worst of all, serious adult conversation.
The Reinvented Heart, edited by Cat Rambo, Jennifer Brozek
What happens when emotions like love and friendship span vast distances — in space, in time, and in the heart? The Reinvented Heart presents stories that complicate sex and gender by showing how shifting technology may affect social attitudes and practices, stories that include relationships with communities and social groups, stories that reinvent traditional romance tropes.
Her Majesty’s Royal Coven by Juno Dawson
Her Majesty’s Royal Coven, established by Queen Elizabeth I as a covert government department based in Manchester. However, when the genocide of all witches is foreseen by the agency’s oracles, consensus on how to tackle the prophecy threatens to tear apart a group of lifelong friends.
Of Charms, Ghosts and Grievances (Dragons and Blades #2) by Aliette de Bodard
It was supposed to be a holiday, with nothing more challenging than babysitting, but when dragon prince Thuan and his ruthless husband Asmodeus find a corpse in a ruined shrine and a hungry ghost who is the only witness to the crime, their holiday goes from restful to high-pressure.
The Origin of Storms (Lotus Kingdoms #3) by Elizabeth Bear
- trans mc
The Lotus Kingdoms are at war, with four claimants to the sorcerous throne of the Alchemical Emperor, fielding three armies between them. Alliances are made, and broken, many times over—but in the end, only one can sit on the throne.
Silk Fire by Zabé Ellor
- bi mc
Set in a planet-sized matriarchal city where magic and technology freely bleed together, a male courtesan’s quest for vengeance against his aristocrat father draws him into an ancient struggle between dragons, necromancers, and his home district’s violent history.
What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher
- nb mc
When Alex Easton, a retired soldier, receives word that their childhood friend Madeline Usher is dying, they race to the ancestral home of the Ushers in the remote countryside of Ruritania.
What they find there is a nightmare of fungal growths and possessed wildlife, surrounding a dark, pulsing lake.
(retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic “The Fall of the House of Usher.”)
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk & Robot #2) by Becky Chambers
- agender mc
After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) and Mosscap (a robot sent on a quest to determine what humanity really needs) turn their attention to the villages and cities of the little moon they call home.
They Drown Our Daughters by Katrina Monroe
- lesbian MC
They say Cape Disappointment is haunted.
That if you can hear the call of the water
It’s already too late…
When Meredith Strand returns to her childhood home on the eve of her divorce, young daughter in tow, the Cape seems more haunted by regret than any malevolent force.
August Kitko and the Mechas from Space by Alex White
- space opera
An alien race of enormous robotic AI have destroyed most of humanity’s outposts. But, on the eve of the Earth’s destruction, a musician makes one last desperate attempt to reach out and convinces one of humanity’s enemies to switch sides. Now, earth just might have a chance to survive…
Fault Tolerance (Captain Eva Innocente #3) by Valerie Valdes
- space opera
- PAN MC
Nothing wrecks Captain Eva Innocente’s vacation plans quite like an anonymous threat to vaporize billions of people. Hundreds of monoliths have suddenly materialized in space, broadcasting the same looped message: surrender or be exterminated. Is the universe being epically spammed?
The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean
- Lesbian MC
Out on the Yorkshire Moors lives a secret line of people for whom books are food, and who retain all of a book’s content after eating it.
Devon is part of The Family, an old and reclusive clan of book eaters, raised on a carefully curated diet of fairytales and cautionary stories.
But real life doesn’t always come with happy endings, as Devon learns when her son is born with a rare and darker kind of hunger—not for books, but for human minds.
The Genesis of Misery (Nullvoid Chronicles #1) by Neon Yang
This is the story of Misery Nomaki (she/they) – a nobody from a nowhere mining planet who possesses the rare stone-working powers of a saint. Unfortunately, these saint-like abilities also manifest in those succumbing to voidmadness.
Into the Riverlands (The Singing Hills Cycle #3) by Nghi Vo
- nb MC
Wandering cleric Chih of the Singing Hills travels to the riverlands to record tales of the notorious near-immortal martial artists who haunt the region. On the road to Betony Docks, they fall in with a pair of young women far from home, and an older couple who are more than they seem. As Chih runs headlong into an ancient feud, they find themselves far more entangled in the history of the riverlands than they ever expected to be.
Ocean’s Echo by Everina Maxwell
- space opera
When Tennal—a rich socialite, inveterate flirt, and walking disaster—is caught using his telepathic powers for illegal activities, the military decides to bind his mind to someone with coercive powers strong enough to control him.
(Set in the same universe as Winter’s Orbit.)
Even Though I Knew the End by C.L. Polk
An exiled augur who sold her soul to save her brother’s life is offered one last job before eternity in hell. When she turns it down, her client sweetens the pot by offering up the one payment she can’t resist—the chance to have a future where she grows old with the woman she loves.