Book Recs: Books Taking Place in Space

Not gonna lie, Charlotte was the one who came up with today’s theme. Bur surprisingly she only helped me choose I think one title? But yes, see, we work together to bring you only the best stuff!!

Anyway, finding sci-fi books that specifically take place in space and not just in the future on a very different Earth… It’s not the easiest thing in the world. Especially, when one needs those books to have LGBT rep. Like one does. Always.

But I hope I did a decent job and you will find something of interest here! Let’s dive in!

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Ascension

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Jacqueline Koyanagi
Goodreads
Rep: Black lesbian mc with a chronic illness, side lesbian characters, polyam relationship, side character with a prosthesis

Alana Quick is the best damned sky surgeon in Heliodor City, but repairing starship engines barely pays the bills. When the desperate crew of a cargo vessel stops by her shipyard looking for her spiritually advanced sister Nova, Alana stows away. Maybe her boldness will land her a long-term gig on the crew. But the Tangled Axon proves to be more than star-watching and plasma coils. The chief engineer thinks he’s a wolf. The pilot fades in and out of existence. The captain is all blond hair, boots, and ego . . . and Alana can’t keep her eyes off her. But there’s little time for romance: Nova’s in danger and someone will do anything–even destroying planets–to get their hands on her.

Why should I read it?

My favourite thing about this book is that there are like maybe two male characters? Everyone who matters at all to the plot is a woman and that’s something so refreshing to read! Also it’s just a really warm story about the power of love, to be honest.

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Space Battle Lunchtime

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Natalie Riess
Goodreads
Rep: sapphic mc & li, interspecies relationship

Collecting the first four issues of Natalie Riess’s delectable series, SPACE BATTLE LUNCHTIME! Earth baker Peony gets the deal of a lifetime when she agrees to be a contestant on the Universe’s hottest reality TV show, Space Battle Lunchtime! But that was before she knew that it shoots on location… on a spaceship… and her alien competitors don’t play nice! Does Peony really have what it takes to be the best cook in the Galaxy? Tune in and find out!

Why should I read it?

It’s a middle grade graphic novel and it’s absolutely adorable. It’s quick and fun, but has some mystery and cool plot-twists and surprising villains… It’s great! Plus, you know, it’s just very gay from the start.

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Barbary Station

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R.E. Stearns
Goodreads
Rep: lesbian couple

Adda and Iridian are newly-minted engineers, but in a solar system wracked by economic collapse after an interplanetary war, an engineering degree isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. Desperate for gainful employment, they hijack a colony ship, planning to join a pirate crew at Barbary Station, an abandoned shipbreaking station in deep space.

But when they arrive at Barbary Station, nothing is as they expected. The pirates aren’t living in luxury — they’re hiding in a makeshift base welded onto the station’s exterior hull. The artificial intelligence controlling the station’s security system has gone mad, trying to kill all station residents. And it shoots down any ship that tries to leave, so there’s no way out.

Adda and Iridian have one chance to earn a place on the pirate crew: destroy the artificial intelligence. The last engineer who went up against the security system suffered explosive decapitation, and the pirates are taking bets on how the newcomers will die. But Adda and Iridian plan to beat the odds.

There’s a glorious future in piracy…if they can survive long enough.

Why should I read it?

Okay, you’ve read the blurb, but let me repeat what it says: lesbian. space. pirates. Yeah. I don’t know about anyone else, but personally? I literally do not need to know anything else to be excited about this book.

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The Disasters

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M.K. England
Goodreads
Rep: Pakistani-American bi mc with anxiety, Black British mlm mc, Khazistani trans girl mc, poc characters

Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices. So it’s not exactly a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four hours.

But Nax’s one-way trip back to Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy. Nax and three other washouts escape—barely—but they’re also the sole witnesses to the biggest crime in the history of space colonization. And the perfect scapegoats.

On the run and framed for atrocities they didn’t commit, Nax and his fellow failures execute a dangerous heist to spread the truth about what happened at the Academy.

They may not be “Academy material,” and they may not get along, but they’re the only ones left to step up and fight.

Why should I read it?

I remember this being pitched as “Breakfast Club meets Firefly” and honestly… Yeah. Listen, a heist? In space? A beautiful found family? Barely anyone in the main cast is white? I don’t know what else you need to read this!

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Failure to Communicate

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Kaia Sønderby
Goodreads
Rep: autistic (ownvoices) bi mc, polyam relationship, poc characters

As one of the only remaining autistics in the universe, Xandri Corelel has faced a lot of hardship, and she’s earned her place as the head of Xeno-Liaisons aboard the first contact ship Carpathia. But her skill at negotiating with alien species is about to be put to the ultimate test.

The Anmerilli, a notoriously reticent and xenophobic people, have invented a powerful weapon that will irrevocably change the face of space combat. Now the Starsystems Alliance has called in Xandri and the crew of the Carpathia to mediate. The Alliance won’t risk the weapon falling into enemy hands, and if Xandri can’t bring the Anmerilli into the fold, the consequences will be dire.

Amidst sabotage, assassination attempts, and rampant cronyism, Xandri struggles to convince the doubtful and ornery Anmerilli. Worse, she’s beginning to suspect that not everyone on her side is really working to make the alliance a success. As tensions rise and tempers threaten to boil over, Xandri must focus all her energy into understanding the one species that has always been beyond her: her own.

Why should I read it?

Sometimes you just really want to read a diverse sci-fi book, you know? We’ve all been there. And frankly… Off the top of my head? I can’t think of a single book more diverse than this and one that makes all the rep just feel natural and like, of course it’s there.

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Ninefox Gambit

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Yoon Ha Lee
Goodreads
TW: implied rape in a flashback scene, implied suicide attempt, suicidal thoughts
Rep: lesbian mc, male bi mc, East-Asian based characters

The first installment of the trilogy, Ninefox Gambit, centers on disgraced captain Kel Cheris, who must recapture the formidable Fortress of Scattered Needles in order to redeem herself in front of the Hexarchate.

To win an impossible war Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general.

Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris’s career isn’t the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the hexarchate itself might be next.

Cheris’s best hope is to ally with the undead tactician Shuos Jedao. The good news is that Jedao has never lost a battle, and he may be the only one who can figure out how to successfully besiege the fortress.

The bad news is that Jedao went mad in his first life and massacred two armies, one of them his own. As the siege wears on, Cheris must decide how far she can trust Jedao–because she might be his next victim.

Why should I read it?

Please don’t let the beginning of this book discourage you. It can be a little bit dense, a little bit slow, if you’re not used to this kind of writing… But it’s worth it in the end, okay? As an encouragement, let me tell you this: not a single character is straight.

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Joyride

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Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly (writers), Marcus To & Irma Kniivila (artists)
Goodreads
Rep: wlw relationship

Earth sucks.

The stars have been blocked out for so long that people have forgotten there was anything else besides the World Government Alliance watching over them. Uma Akkolyte is a girl who shoots first, leaps before she looks, and is desperate for any means to leave her planet behind. And so she does. When Uma jacks an alien spaceship and punches through the stratosphere she sets forth on an adventure with an unlikely crew who are totally not ready for all the good, bad, and weird the universe will throw at them.

From writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly (Batman and Robin Eternal, Grayson) and artist Marcus To (Nightwing, New Avengers), Joyride is a rebellious love letter to the sci-fi genre, exploring what happens when nothing stands between a group of teens and their freedom amongst the stars.

Why should I read it?

Yes, okay, I know. I mention this series all the time. I put it on my graphic novels rec list & enemies to lovers one. But I just… really love it. The sapphic relationship here is one I think about all the time, because it’s just that well done and that beautiful to me. And the characters make such an amazing family!!

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Planetfall

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Emma Newman
Goodreads
Rep: sapphic mc with a mental illness

From the award-nominated author Emma Newman, comes a novel of how one secret withheld to protect humanity’s future might be its undoing…

Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi’s vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown.

More than twenty-two years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. All that time, Ren has worked hard as the colony’s 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment, and harboring a devastating secret.

Ren continues to perpetuate the lie forming the foundation of the colony for the good of her fellow colonists, despite the personal cost. Then a stranger appears, far too young to have been part of the first planetfall, a man who bears a remarkable resemblance to Suh-Mi.

The truth Ren has concealed since planetfall can no longer be hidden. And its revelation might tear the colony apart…

Why should I read it?

A science-fiction novel that’s kind of a thriller, kind of just character driven and most importantly – a book with an unreliable narrator. There are not many authors who could pull this off but here we are. If you want to try something different, something that will surprise you, this is definitely the right choice.

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Ammonite

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Nicola Griffith
Goodreads
Rep: sapphic characters, all women cast

Change or die. These are the only options available on the planet Jeep. Centuries earlier, a deadly virus shattered the original colony, killing the men and forever altering the few surviving women. Now, generations after the colony has lost touch with the rest of humanity, a company arrives to exploit Jeep–and its forces find themselves fighting for their lives. Terrified of spreading the virus, the company abandons its employees, leaving them afraid and isolated from the natives. In the face of this crisis, anthropologist Marghe Taishan arrives to test a new vaccine. As she risks death to uncover the women’s biological secret, she finds that she, too, is changing–and realizes that not only has she found a home on Jeep, but that she alone carries the seeds of its destruction. . . .

Ammonite is an unforgettable novel that questions the very meanings of gender and humanity. As readers share in Marghe’s journey through an alien world, they too embark on a parallel journey of fascinating self-exploration.

Why should I read it?

If finding out that there’s not a single guy in this whole book didn’t make you wanna read it, I don’t know what will! Lmao but for real, I just love the idea of a world run by women, where men literally cannot enter for fear of dying… And that our protagonist is an anthropologist discovering said planet. (Yes, I hate real-life anthropologists, shhh.)

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Waiting on a Bright Moon

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J.Y. Yang
Goodreads
Rep: wlw characters, Southeast/East Asian inspired characters and setting

Xin is an ansible, using her song magic to connect the originworld of the Imperial Authority and its far-flung colonies— a role that is forced upon magically-gifted women “of a certain closeness”. When a dead body comes through her portal at a time of growing rebellion, Xin is drawn deep into a station-wide conspiracy along with Ouyang Suqing, one of the station’s mysterious, high-ranking starmages.

Why should I read it?

Finishing the list up with a short story, because in this house we like people to have a lot of choices. And also, we love Yang and their writing, and their ideas for worldbuilding! You can read the whole thing for free right here!

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To be honest, making this list made me realise that I don’t read as much sci-fi as I would like to… I should rectify that, if you guys ever want to see another list in this genre from me. And I can only hope that you do… Umm, let me know?

Like, you can always request some specific rec lists! Either here or on twitter, be it from me or from Charlotte. Giving you what you want is literally why we started this blog.

anna

6 thoughts on “Book Recs: Books Taking Place in Space

    1. thank u!! and i mean, this whole blog was created specifically to hype up LGBT books! we will never talk abt anything else here lmao
      maybe try to ease urself into it with some short stories??

      – anna

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