Even before traditional publishing started accepting more books by LGBTQ+ authors, indie and small presses published queer books. Still, it can be hard to find every queer book, particularly Queer SFF (sci-fi and fantasy), as most of them tend to fall under the radar over time. The Queer SFF Book Database provides an accessible resource to search for a variety of Queer SFF books.
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The Queer Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Database, created by Sarah Waites, serves as an archive for both indie and traditionally published Queer SFF books. Added to the database are books with queer protagonists. Each entry includes the work’s synopsis, the queer representation, content warnings, and links to reviews from queer and underrepresented readers. The database reflects the increasing amount of titles about and by queer people over recent years, but underappreciated books do appear there (not just indie). You might discover a book published years ago while browsing through the site.
The site also provides accessibility. You can search alphabetically or through tags (see image below). The “How to Use the Search” page explains further about how to make your experience more convenient. The “Definitions of Select Terms” section on the home page clarifies sexual and gender identities like demisexual and queer platonic. Sarah’s inclusive platform allows visitors to browse through the archive with its available aids.
Currently, the site’s admin is seeking books with intersectional identities/experiences, aro/ace and agender representation, disabled characters, nonbinary protagonists, and more.
If you know of a Queer SFF book not added to the database yet, please send your suggestion here.
If you’re a Queer reviewer and would like to submit your reviews, please contact the admin through this form.
You can support the platform on their Bookshop page.
Author: Brahidaliz Martinez
Brahidaliz (pronounced Bra-da-leez) is a 2019 graduate of American University’s MFA in creative writing program. Their cross-genre chapbook, Coquí’s Song, is forthcoming (2023) from Mason Jar Press.
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