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Welcome to the Science Fiction for Lesbians Website

Over 200 books listed!

What's New

It is 2016 and I've finally started looking at this site again after being distracted for 6 years by backpacking. None of my old software runs on my new machine, so all I will do in the future is add to this What's New list.


May 2017

An Ancient Peace by Tanya Huff (3 stars. Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr is a great character. This book is not the best one about her, though.)


April 2017

Everything Belongs to the Future by Laurie Penny (2 stars. Two trans characters. Writing was sloppy, characters' motivations were unconvincing, plot dull.)

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers (5 stars. Pretty sure author is a lesbian. Excellent and moving book about how personhood is defined.)

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber (5 stars. I couldn't put this one down. The flaws and contradictions of the main character were eloquently revealed. Has one minor lesbian character and one minor gay male character.)

American War by Omar El Akkad (4 stars. Main character's only partner is another woman. Good story about how humans are weaponized for a cause, but it is missing something that I'm having trouble defining. For me, it felt a little flat.)


February 2017

Saturn Run by John Sandford and Ctein (1 star. HARD sci fi. Major character is a lesbian, but they bring up when she is first introduced and then completely drop it. If you really want to give this a shot, the interesting stuff starts at chapter 40, IMHO and you can skip the rest.)


November 2016

Cumulus by Eliot Peper (3 stars. Major character is a lesbian. The book isn't well written, but has good ideas.)

Echopraxia by Peter Watts (4.5 stars. Major character is a lesbian. Takes place in same universe as Blindsight, but you don't have to have read that.)


September 2016

Planetfall by Emma Newman (5 stars. Main character falls in love with other women. Amazing book.)

Company Town by Madeline Ashby (5 stars. Main character (female) is a bad-ass bodyguard. Minor lesbian characters.)

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (4 stars. Another awesome main female character. Minor lesbian and trans characters.)

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (4 stars. An enjoyable space romp. Great female characters. Two major female characters have a relationship.)

The Southern Reach Trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance) by Jeff Vandermeer (5 stars. Mind-bending. Read when you have time to be sucked into this world; I do not think it works as well if you keep leaving it for your regular life. One of the major characters is a lesbian, or at least has a female lover.)

Slow Bullets and Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds (There are no lesbians in these two books, but they do have some of the toughest, grittiest female characters you will ever meet. Revelation Space is one of my all-time favorite novels.)


June 2016

The Steel Seraglio by Mike Carey, Linda Carey, Louise Carey (5 stars. Such clever characters!)

Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, Ancillary Mercy by Anne Lecke (5 stars for Justice, 4 for the other two. Really new ideas, and a society where the female pronoun is the generic.)

Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke (5 stars)

Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman (5 stars, because it really made me think.)

Ghost Spin by Chris Moriarty (5 stars, the 3rd, and best, of the Spin series.)

Girls from Alcyone by Cary Caffrey (4 stars, mostly 'cause I'm a sucker for female assassins.)

The Courier's New Bicycle by Kim Westwood (3 stars, I liked Daughters of Moab more)

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson (2 stars. HARD sci fi; the science bored me, the characters were cardboard, and at the end, he has a society that arose from just seven women that still uses the masculine pronoun as the generic. Really? Major lesbian character.)


January 2010

Jumping off the Planet by David Gerrold (3 stars)

Time Well Bent Connie Wilkins, editor (2 stars)


December 2009

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (4 stars)

The Heart of Valor by Tanya Huff (4 stars)

Valor's Trial by Tanya Huff (4 stars)


October 2009

The Daughters of Moab by Kim Westwood (4 stars)

The Six Directions of Space by Alastair Reynolds (3 stars)

Half Life by Shelley Jackson (4 stars)

Saturn's Children by Charles Stross (3 stars)

Sewer, Gas & Electric by Matt Ruff (3 stars)

The Future is Queer ed. by Richard Labonte & Lawrence Schimel (3 stars)

Also, I recently reread Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge, and it still gets 5 stars.

What is this site about?

This is a list of science fiction books with lesbian characters or by lesbian authors. I use the term lesbian loosely here. The terms "lesbian," "bi," "gay," etc. are only relevant in this cultural moment. In science fiction, which often refers to far futures or alien worlds where cultural norms are different, such terms don't necessarily apply. I use these words as shorthand to refer to characters who either only have sexual relationships with members of their own sex (regardless of species), or who have sexual relationships with members of their own sex and any other sex (there might be more than two). You may notice I'm not mentioning the word fantasy here. That's because the focus of this listing is science fiction. I also don't have any horror or vampire books in the list.

The books are divided up by category. Some books are in more than one category. There's also the option to Show All Books.

Lesbian Authors: Books by avowedly lesbian authors, whether or not there are any lesbian characters, and books by women that I think might be lesbians, usually because of what their "About the Author" blurb says or because they always have gay or lesbian characters in their books.

Lesbian/Bi Female Characters: These are marked as having either main, major, or minor lesbian or bi characters.

Female/Gay Dominated Worlds: These may or may not have lesbian characters. Some of them aren't necessarily even positive about homosexuality. However, I feel that they belong in the collection anyway.

Other Books of Interest: Here's where I list books that I like, whether or not they have gay content.

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How the books are rated

The books are rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being terrible and 5 being awesome. Just remember that everyone likes books for different reasons and I may hate one of your all-time favorites, or vice versa. Use the link to find out what other readers think of the book. For more info on my rating system, click here.

How do you know when I've added a book?

If the What's New section at top doesn't go back far enough, go to Show All Books and sort by Date Added. The most recently added books will be at the top of the list. I find new books to add every few months and often add several at once.

Buying the books

Some books may be purchased from from this site. I get a tiny percentage of the sale if you make a purchase of a new book from here (but only if you don't use one-click). However, you should always consider purchasing from your local feminist bookstore, if you have one, or another small bookseller.

That's enough chatter.... Go look at the books!

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