Ask & Answer: Women of color in science fiction

Over on Tumblr, futurerevolutions asked:

Do you have recs for books with WoC and sci-fi? Or werewolves?

This is an awesome request, especially the werewolf part! The problem is, we only cover YA books, and the only YA book we know of with werewolves and women of color is … a spoiler. So, we’re including it in the following list of YA scifi about women of color. Here you go, in alphabetical order by author name:

  • Naughts and Crosses (series) by Malorie Blackman (Simon and Schuster)
  • Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac (Tu Books)
  • Diverse Energies (anthology of short stories, including many with women of color) edited by Tobias S. Buckell and Joe Monti (Tu Books)
  • The Deep by Zetta Elliott (indie)
  • The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
  • The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Arthur A. Levine Books)
  • Liar by Justine Larbalestier (Bloomsbury)
  • The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna (Balzer + Bray)
  • Tankborn (trilogy) by Karen Sandler (Tu Books)
  • Orleans by Sherri L. Smith (Putnam)
  • Partials (series) by Dan Wells

That should give you somewhere to start. Note: Those are all books published for young adults, but if you’re OK with reading books published for adults too, you should of course check out all of Octavia Butler’s books. Some of them are about young women, but they are definitely adult science fiction novels.