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Listings Are Alphabetical by Author.

The complete Lambda Sci-Fi Recommended Reading List is also available in a downloadable/printable PDF file!


Decarnin, Camilla; Garber, Eric; and Paleo, Lyn (ed.):
Worlds Apart: An Anthology of Lesbian and Gay Science Fiction and Fantasy.

An anthology of 11 short stories with gay and lesbian themes.

Delany, Samuel R:
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand.

A very highbrow intergalactic love story between the sole survivor of a destroyed planet and an industrial diplomat. This is the first novel of a series of two. (The second has not yet been published.)

Dreher, Sarah:
Gray Magic.
A Captive in Time.

Technically, these are mystery novels, part of the "Stoner McTavish Mystery" series; but these two include heavy fantasy elements. Stoner tries hard to be a down-to-earth, skeptical dyke, but nevertheless keeps finding herself involved in spiritual and magical mysteries. In Gray Magic, there's a heavy dose of Native American shamanism and mysticism; and in A Captive in Time, Stoner finds herself unexpectedly time-travelling back to Colorado in the 1870s.

Duane, Diane:
The Door Into Fire.
The Door Into Shadow.
The Door Into Sunset.

High fantasy series in a world where everyone is fundamentally bisexual (main characters are portrayed having relationships with people regardless of gender); contains two strong central female characters and two male lovers as leads.

So You Want To Be A Wizard.
Deep Wizardry.
High Wizardry.

Young adult fantasy series (with minor gay characters) about two teenagers who discover a book instructing them on becoming wizards.

Edelman, Scott:
The Gift.

A gay couple revives a vampire and must deal both with the "gift" of immortality offered by the vampire and with the rampant homophobia in the small town they recently moved into. Interesting comparisons are made between the oppression gays experience and the hatred vampires have always evoked.

Edmonson, Roger:

Gay men are being brutally murdered in the nighttime streets of Seattle. Could there be a gay werewolf on the prowl?

Elliot, Jeffrey M. (ed.):
Kindred Spirits.

An anthology of 12 short stories with gay and lesbian themes. These stories portray same-sex love in all its richness and diversity. A good introduction to gay science fiction.

Flewelling, Lynn:
Luck In The Shadows.
Stalking Darkness.
Traitor's Moon.

Well crafted dark-tinged fantasy, with gods, wild magics, hidden pasts, and romance. Alec is a backwoods young man unaware of his elven heritage. Seregil is a thief and spy who instantly sees in Alec a partner and more. Seregil trains Alec as they attempt to thwart the plans of a dar god's minions.

Flynn, Michael:
In the Country of the Blind.

A black real estate developer and her gay architect friend stumble upon evidence that a clandestine organization has secretly been manipulating historical events since the Civil War - and that this organization is willing to go to any lengths to remain hidden!

Forrest, Katherine V:
Daughters of a Coral Dawn.

Lesbian classic. A race of women (founded by one woman and her daughters) leaves its home to colonize a vacant planet. Men show up and have to be dealt with; but otherwise the story revolves around the struggles of setting up a new world and dealing with attraction and love.


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