Book Recs: Sapphic Science Fiction (I)

After a last minute switcheroo, today’s rec list is a long-awaited continuation of all those other sapphic rec lists (all the previous posts are here) which you have probably forgotten about. On request, this iteration is the first of (hopefully) many sapphic science fiction rec posts!

Same disclaimer as in that adult sci fi rec list (in which I apparently recced most of these books anyway…huh) applies: I really like hard sci fi, but I know that that’s not the case for everyone, so there are soft sci fi recs in here too (although by some strange coincidence, most of these recs take place in space…proof space is gay I think).

And, because I like fun, 5 of the books on this list are upcoming! (Okay, 6, but does it really count when that 6th is out in 5 days?).

So have a gander!


This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal el-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer
Not for Use in Navigation by Iona Datt Sharma

Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone
The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley
Waiting on a Bright Moon by Neon Yang
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott

The Vela by Yoon Ha Lee, Becky Chambers, Rivers Solomon & S. L. Huang
A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White
Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden
Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud
The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi

Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta
The All-Consuming World by Cassandra Khaw
City of Shattered Light by Claire Winn
Seven of Infinities by Aliette de Bodard
Persephone Station by Stina Leicht


Any of your favourites on this list? What do you think is missing?

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5 Replies to “Book Recs: Sapphic Science Fiction (I)”

  1. I am SO happy to find another fan of hard science fiction, it is literally my favorite genre ever. I feel so cool that I actually recognize a lot of these books…haha. I really want to read The Space Between Worlds, Crownchasers, The Vela, and Empress of Forever. And as you enjoy hard science fiction, I recommend The Three Body Problem Trilogy. If you’ve read it already YAY, I’m here to rant about its genius, but if you haven’t, I think you’ll be in for a real treat! Thank you so much for doing this post!! 😀


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