After having read a lot of Queer SFF short fiction over the past several years, I decided to take the chance to recommend some of them. Here you’ll find speculative fiction written by Queer authors.
The mentions/recommendations below are unsponsored. All opinions are my own.
I’m pleased and excited to finally share several of the well-written and awe-inspiring Queer SFF short fiction (flash fiction, short stories, and novelettes). These amazing stories, either written recently or over the past several years, span from various experiences and narratives.
Jen, a shapeshifter, consumes the thoughts and flesh of the people she dates. When she encounters Seo-Yun, another shapeshifter, Jen learns how to channel her hunger through desire. A memorable story about identity and the sense of self.
Benita finally decides to visit the witch’s bog after passing it so many times before. There, she meets Fawn and enjoys coffee and bourbon with her. A.Z.’s lyrical prose emphasizes the cozy feel of the setting.
Nina endures the trauma from the invasion and destruction of her home. Nicole Bade’s prose shows emotion in a small amount of time.
A powerful story about reclaiming histories even when they’ve been erased from the physical archives (in this piece, Palestinians). It’s about how stories change over time depending on who controls the narrative.
A novelette that questions whether consciousness can be replicated via AI after death. Does consciousness linger after its physical embodiment no longer functions? A thought-provoking story about grief and the desire to persuade a passed loved one to return spiritually or emotionally.
Talia finds a sewing machine from the sea following a storm. Haunting and atmospheric, the story navigates loss and renewal.
I’ve recommended Jen Brown’s To Rise, Blown Open in my Queer Speculative Fiction Magazine recs. Her piece for Breathe FIYAH (a flash fiction collaboration between FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction and Tor.com) is just as breathtaking. A gorgeous story involving family reunions and oral storytelling.
A novelette that challenges traditions and the gender binary. An Orthodox Jewish community inhabits a sentient planet that does not accept them. Because of the planet’s immune system, the planet does not recognize its new inhabitants as part of its natural environment. Chani, the manifestation of the planet-mind, identifies as neither male nor female (although uses she/her pronouns). If the colonists continue to reject Chani, the planet’s immune system will attack them.
Content Warning: rape and sexual assault
Sylvia forces the centipedes from escaping her body whenever she’s being intimate or having sex with a partner. A powerful narrative about consent and agency.
I’m a sucker for dinosaurs, and this piece delightfully contains that and a love story that transcends time. A raptor in her first life, the narrator (reincarnated as a human) attempts to resurrect her lover (yes, also a raptor).
2021 Hugo Award Finalist for Best Short Story.
A mermaid named Essarala makes a bargain with the sea witch to travel the stars. This gorgeous, imaginative story compels me from beginning to end every time I read it.
Do you know of Queer SFF short fiction that you’d like to recommend? Feel free to comment below. I love to hear from you!
If you want more short speculative fiction recs, check out my Queer SFF magazines post!
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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