Fantastic Writers of Color

I asked for recommendations for writers of color of adventurous SF/F/H who feature the coolest, best, most awesome heroes and heroines of color, and received the following responses (as well as did some research on my own):

  • Sabaa Tahir 
  • N.K. Jemisin
  • Daniel Jose Older
  • Ken Liu
  • Nalo Hopkinson
  • Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • Steven Barnes
  • Justine Larbalestier (Oops!)
  • Nisi Shawl
  • Sofia Samatar
  • Nnedi Okorafor
  • Craig Lawrence Gidney
  • Cixin Liu
  • Samuel R. Delaney
  • Alexandra Duncan (Another oops!)
  • Jacqueline Koyanagi
  • Maurice Broaddus
  • S.L. Huang
  • Mary Anne Mohanraj
  • Charles Yu
  • Erick Setiawan
  • David F. Walker
  • Tananarive Due
  • Thoraiya Dyer
  • Sunny Moraine
  • Octavia Butler
  • Benjamin Parzybok
  • Victor LaValle
  • Sabrina Vourvoulias
  • Linda D. Addison
  • L.A. Banks
  • Jemiah Jefferson
  • Helen Oyeyemi
  • Chesya Burke
  • Dia Reeves
  • L. Marie Wood
  • Pearl Cleage (Just Wanna Testify)
  • Evie Rhodes
  • Sumiko Saulson
  • Darlene Black
  • Andre Duza
  • Walter Mosley (mostly crime, but some SF)
  • Charles Saunders
  • Wrath James White
  • Tobais Buckell
  • Daina Chaviano
  • Karen Lord
  • S.P. Somtow
  • Minister Faust
  • Andrea Hairston
  • Adolfo Bioy Casares
  • Jorge Luis Borges
  • Silvina Ocampo
  • Kathleen Alcala
  • Junot Diaz
  • Ernest Hogan
  • Stephen Graham Jones
  • Owl Goingback
  • Daniel Heath Justice
  • William Sanders
  • Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • Craig Strete
  • Ted Chiang
  • Malinda Lo
  • Marie Lu
  • Vandana Singh
  • Ashok Banker
  • Hiromi Goto
  • Liz Williams
  • Ellen Oh
  • Sangu Mandanna
  • Kat Zhang
  • Sherri L. Smith
  • Grace Lin
  • Zoraida Cordova
  • Miyuke Miyabe
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Natsuo Kirino
  • Kiese Laymon
  • Chang-rae Lee
  • Saladin Ahmed
  • Cindy Pon
  • Amish Tripathi
  • David Anthony Durham
  • Louise Erdrich
  • Leslie Marmon Silko
  • Jewelle Gomez
  • Ana Castillo
  • Larissa Lai
  • L.R. Giles
  • Terence Taylor
  • Brandon Massey
  • Michael Boatman
  • Kiini Ibura Salaam
  • John Cooley
  • Ta-Nehesi Coates
  • Aliette de Bodard
  • Greg van Eekhout
  • Heidi Durrow
  • Danzy Senna
  • Fonda Lee
  • Thomas King
  • Kai Ashante Wilson
  • Ayize Jama-Everett
  • Anita Desai Hidier
  • Lisa See
  • Amal El-Mohtar
  • Koushun Takami
  • Yoon Ha Lee
  • Aaron Paquette
  • Angie Sandro
  • Karin Lowachee
  • Greg Dragon
  • C. Edward Baldwin
  • Dennis Calloway
  • Zen Cho
  • Stephanie Saulter
  • Milton Davis
  • Carole McDonell
  • Usman T. Malik
  • M.C.A. Hogarth
  • Samit Basu
  • Nalini Singh
  • Balogun Ojetade
  • Valjeanne Jeffers
  • Charles W. Chesnutt
  • Pauline Hopkins
  • W.E.B. DuBois
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • George S. Schuyler
  • Henry Dumas
  • Virginia Hamilton
  • Alan Jones
  • Wendy Raven McNair
  • Alicia McCalla
  • Ronald T. Jones
  • Irette Patterson
  • Gerald L. Coleman
  • Jules Rivera
  • Jennifer Marie Brissett
  • Gina Ruis
  • Alyssa Cole
  • Michelle Sagara/West
  • Gene Luen Yang
  • Sonny Liew
  • David Ramirez
  • Yangsze Choo

 

I need a place to add writers of color who write mysteries:

  • Walter Mosley
  • Attica Locke
  • Chester Himes
  • Barbara Neely
  • Valerie Wilson
  • Rachel Howzell Hall
  • Edward P. Jones
  • Charles W. Chestnutt
  • Gar Anthony Haywood
  • Gary Phillips
  • John Ridley
  • JaQuavais Coleman

 

Now, whether these are the writers I’m looking for or not (I haven’t checked whether they’re to my taste or are CRAZY NUTS ADVENTURE! writers, which is what I’m really in the mood for, especially high fantasy), it’s a pretty good list and should keep me busy for a while. Please note that comments about a) how the poster is not white but some shade of pale, ha-ha, b) how the poster never notices anyone’s race when they’re picking out books anyway, and c) NOBODY NEEDS TO NOTICE “PEOPLE OF COLOR” THEY HAVE ALL THE ADVANTAGES!!! will be met with eyerolls, and, if I’m feeling energetic, sarcastic comments.  I am tired of making nice to people who have difficulty with the idea that I, a voracious reader, might be reading books that are not about various shades of pink people from North America and Europe, whether that means offended or just plain feeling awkward because they don’t have a similar reading list themselves.  Nobody pitched a fit or bothered to tell me that they don’t consider genre before picking stories when I started my ongoing horror reading project, which I guarantee you is far more offensive and of questionable taste. Me reading these books will not hurt you, and you not reading these books will not hurt me or make me shoot flames at you.  I promise. Everyone else – let me know if you know of more authors.  Anything published is good, indie or trad. I can’t guarantee I’ll read it, but I’ll check it out.  Thanks!

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4 Comments

  1. Justine Larbalestier

    That is indeed a fantastic list—you’ve listed many of my absolute favourites—and I’m honoured to be on it but I shouldn’t be: I’m white.

    • DeAnna Knippling

      Haha! You had me utterly convinced on your books. Okay, will add your name to the “featuring POCs as heroes/heroines general list” when I get that one going.

  2. Kate Testerman

    I’m afraid you’ll have to move Alexa Duncan to that list with Justine as well, once you have it. Sorry for the confusion!

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