List of LGBT-themed speculative fiction

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Many science fiction and fantasy stories involve queer characters, or otherwise represent themes that are relevant to LGBT issues and the LGBT community. Below is a (by no means comprehensive) list.

Novels with LGBT Characters and Themes[edit]

Title Author Year LGBT Content[1][2][3]
Empire of the Senseless Kathy Acker 1988 Bisexual main character [4]
The Dark Light Years Brian Aldiss 1964 Gender-shifting aliens, gay male characters [4]
The Gods Themselves Isaac Asimov 1973 Alien species with three sexes [4]
The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood 1986 Lesbian character
Shadowdance Robin Wayne Bailey 1996 Gay protagonist
Tithe: A Modern Fairy Tale Holly Black 2002 Gay major characters
Darkover Series Marion Zimmer Bradley 1962-1988 Gay and lesbian protagonists
The Heritage of Hasture Marion Zimmer Bradley 1975 Gay male protagonist and antagonist [4]
The Shattered Chain Marion Zimmer Bradley 1976 All female society, lesbian themes [4]
Warrior Woman Marion Zimmer Bradley 1985 Lesbian main characters, positive portrayal of lesbian relationships [4]
Beauty Queens Libba Bray 2011 Trans* and lesbian major characters
A Civil Campaign Lois McMaster Bujold Transgender character
The Wanting Seed Anthony Burgess 1962 Homophobic dystopia
Dawn Octavia Butler Alien race that has three sexes, polyamorous marriages [4]
Fledgling Octavia Butler 2005 Bisexual characters
Patternmaster Octavia Butler 1976 Bisexual female protagonist
Songmaster Orson Scott Card 1980 Gay characters
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon 2001 Gay protagonist
Motherlines Suzy McKee Charnas 1978 All female world
The Conqueror's Child Suzy McKee Charnas 1999 All female world
The Furies Suzy McKee Charnas 1994 All female world
Walk to the End of the World Suzy McKee Charnas 1974 All female world
Imperial Earth Arthur C. Clarke 1976 Bisexual/gay male protagonist
Sardia: A Story of Love Cora Lynn Daniels 1891 Bisexual female vampire is the protagonist [4]
Babel-17 Samuel R. Delany 1966 Gay major characters
Dhalgren Samuel R. Delany 1975 Bisexual major character and other LGBT characters
Equinox Samuel R. Delany 1973 Gay major character
Stars In My Pocket Like Grains Of Sand Samuel R. Delany 1984 Gay major character
The Einstein Intersection Samuel R. Delany 1967 Gay major character
Triton Samuel R. Delany 1976
The Door Into Fire Diane Duane 1979 Major bisexual characters
Solitaire Kelley Eskridge 2002 Lesbian protagonist
Infinity's Web Sheila Finch 1985 Lesbian protagonist [4]
Daughters of a Coral Dawn Katherine V Forrest 1984 All female world, lesbian protagonists
Bouncing Off the Moon David Gerrold 2001
The Man Who Folded Himself David Gerrold 1973
Herland Charlotte Perkins Gilman 1915 All female utopic world
Halfway Human Carolyn Ives Gilman 1998
The Gilda Stories Jewelle Gomez 1991 Lesbian main character
The Kappa Child Hiromi Goto 2001
Ammonite Nicola Griffith 1992 All female world with mainly lesbian characters
Slow River Nicola Griffith 1995 Lesbian main character
The Forever War Joe Haldeman 1974 Future society where homosexuality is the norm
Accidental Creatures Ann Harris 1998
The Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual Corpse Keith Hartman 1999
The Salt Roads Nalo Hopkinson 2003 Lesbian major characters
Traitor's Moon Lynn Flewelling 1999
The Wild Swans Peg Kerr 1999
Murder of Angels' Caitlin R. Kiernan 2005
Maximum Light Nancy Kress 1998
Swordspoint Ellen Kushner 1987 Gay protagonists, bisexual characters
Carmilla Sheridan Le Fanu 1872 Lesbian vampire story
The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin 1969 Genderqueer main and major characters
'The Telling Ursula K. Le Guin 2000 Lesbian protagonist
Dark Water's Embrace Stephen Leigh 1998
Ash Malinda Lo 2009
True History Lucian 125-180 CE (c) All male world, male hero is given the king's son in marriage
Voyage and the Travayle of Syr John Maundeville, Knight Sir John Mandeville (pseudonym) 1500 "Traveler encounters many things including an amazon island and an island of the 'third sex.'" [1]
Out of Time Paula Martinac 1990 Lesbian protagonist is haunted by lesbians from the 1920s.
China Mountain Zhang Maureen F. McHugh 1992 Gay major character
Starfarers Vonda N. McIntyre 1989 Bisexual main characters, poly relationship [4]
The Painter Knight Fiona Patton 1998
And Chaos Died Joanna Russ 1970 Gay protagonist
The Female Man Joanna Russ 1975 Lesbian major characters, partially about an all female world
2312 Kim Stanley Robinson 2012 Genderqueer major characters, society in which nonbinary and fluid gender and sexuality is embraced
Was Geoff Ryman 1992 Gay main characters
A Choice of Destinies Melissa Scott 1986 Gay male protagonists
Burning Bright Melissa Scott 1993 Bisexual major characters, lesbian protagonist
Dreamships Melissa Scott 1993 Many gay characters
Mighty Good Road Melissa Scott 1990 Lesbian protagonist
Night Sky Mine Melissa Scott 1996 Lesbian and gay main characters
Shadowman Melissa Scott 1995
The Jazz Melissa Scott 2000 Bisexual protagonist
Trouble and Her Friends Melissa Scott 1995 Lesbian protagonists
The Porcelain Dove Delia Sherman Lesbian fairy tale
Venus Plus X Theodore Sturgeon 1960 Set in a future utopia where everyone is one neuter gender [4]
Queen of the Amazons Judith Tarr 2004 Bisexual protagonist
Palimpsest Catherynne M. Valente 2009
The House at Pelham Falls Brenda Weathers 1986 Lesbian protagonists and main characters [4]
Blackthorns of the Forgotten Bree T. Donovan 2012 Irish paranormal title with gay relationship between a mortal and an immortal>
Orlando Virginia Woolf 1928 Genderqueer themes, gender-switching
Briar Rose Jane Yolen 1992 Gay major character

Short fiction with LGBT Characters and Themes[edit]

Title Author Year First Published In LGBT Content [1][2][3]
"Desire" Kim Antieau 1997 Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
"The Stars Are Tears" Robin Wayne Bailey 1997 Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
"Love's Last Farewell" Richard A. Bamberg 1998 Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
"In Memory Of" Don Bassingthwaite 1997 Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
"Who Plays With Sin" Don Bassingthwaite 1998 Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
"Sun-Drenched" Stephen Baxter 1998 Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
"Tangents" Greg Bear 1986 Omni Gay male protagonist, positive uplifting story about a nonsexual relationship [4]
"The Toti" Michael Itig 2009 Queer Dimensions Separate gay male world in the future
"Magicked Tricks" K. L. Berac 1997 Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
"In the House of the Man in the Moon" Richard Bowes 1997 Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
"Enigma Variations" Lela E. Buis 1996 Cyber-magick: Lesbian SF Lesbian protagonist
"Ascension" Lela E. Buis 1997 Icarus & Angels Gay protagonist
"Anthem" Lela E. Buis 1997 Sex Crime Lesbian protangonist
"Expression of Desire" Dominick Cancilla 1997 Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
"The Cage" [1] Alyx Dellamonica 2010 Tor.com Lesbian protagonists
"A Plant (Whose Name is Destroyed)" [2] Seth Dickinson 2013 Strange Horizons Gay protagonists
"Aye, and Gomorrah" Samuel R. Delany 1967 Dangerous Visions Genderqueer characters
"Dance at the Edge" L. Timmel Duchamp 1998 Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
"A Hollow Play" Amal El-Mohtar 2013 Glitter & Mayhem Anthology Lesbian protagonist, transgender and genderqueer characters
"Eye of the Storm" Kelley Eskridge 1998 Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers
"Catman" Harlan Ellison 1974 Final Stage: The Ultimate Science Fiction Anthology Society where bisexuality is the norm, most of the characters are gay or bisexual. [4]
"Frost Painting" Carolyn Ives Gilman 1997 Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
"Free in Asveroth" Jim Grimsley 1998 Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
"It Takes Two" Nicola Griffith 2010 Eclipse Three Lesbian protagonist
"Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself" Radclyffe Hall 1934 Lesbian protagonist, gender-switching themes
"Sex, Guns, and Baptists" Keith Hartman 1998 Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
"Lonely Land" Denise Lopes Heald 1998 Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
"-All You Zombies-" Robert A. Heinlein 1959 Fantasy and Science Fiction Intersex protagonist
"Self Reflection Tobi Hill-Meyer 2011 Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica
"Fisherman" Nalo Hopkinson 2001 Skin Folk
"In Mysterious Ways" Tanya Huff 1997 Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
"Bleaker Collegiate Presents an All-Female Produuction of Waiting for Godot" [3] Claire Humphrey 2011 Strange Horizons Bisexual protagonist
"Cloudmaker" Charlee Jacob 1997 Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
"The Rendez-Vous" Nancy Johnston 1998 Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
"Sex with Ghosts" [4] Sarah Kanning 2008 Strange Horizons
"Bonehouse" Keffy M. Kehrli 2011 Writers of the Future Volume 27
"Full Moon and Empty Arms" M. W. Keiper 1997 Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
"Galapagos" Caitlin R. Kiernan 2009 Eclipse Three Lesbian main characters
"Time Gypsy" Ellen Klages 1998 Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction Lesbian protagonist
"State of Nature" Nancy Kress 1998 Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
"A Wild and Wicked Youth" Ellen Kushner 2009 Fantasy and Science Fiction
"The Fall of the Kings" Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman 1997 Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
"The Ghost Party" Richard Larson 2011 Subterranean
"Nine Lives" Ursula K. Le Guin 1969 Playboy Bisexual protagonists [4]
"Schrodinger's Pussy" Terry LeMay 2010 Apex Magazine
"A Real Girl" Shariann Lewitt 1998 Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
"Love, Trouble, and Time" Linda Mannheim 2000 New Amazons Lesbian protagonists
"Water Snakes" Holly Wade Matter 1997 Bending the Landscape:Fantasy
"Sea of Cortex" Sandra McDonald 2011 Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica
"Useless Things" Maureen F. McHugh 2009 Eclipse Three
"Bridesicle" Will McIntosh 2010 Asimov's Science Fiction Lesbian major character
"Looking for Satan" Vonda N. McIntyre 1981 Thieves' World III Lesbian/bisexual love story [4]
"Powertool" Mark McLaughlin 1998 Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
"Prince of the Dark Green Sea" Mark McLaughlin 1997 Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
"Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland" Sarah Monette 2002 Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet
"The King's Folly" James A. Moore 1997 Bending the Landscape:Fantasy
"Silent Passion" Kathleen O'Malley 1998 Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
"Half in Love with Easeful Rock and Roll" Rebecca Ore 1998 Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
"The Beautiful People" Wendy Rathbone 1998 Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
"Prosperine When it Sizzles" Tansy Rayner Roberts 2009 New Ceres Nights
"The City in Morning" Carrie Richerson 1998 Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
"Existence" Joanna Russ 1975 Epoch
"Nobody's Home" Joanna Russ 1975 Women of Wonder
"The Second Inquisition" Joanna Russ 1976 More Women of Wonder
"When It Changed" Joanna Russ 1972 Again, Dangerous Visions Lesbian protagonist
"Young Lady Who Loved Caterpillars" Jessica Amanda Salmonson 1997 Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
"Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer" Kenneth Schneyer 2013 Clockwork Phoenix 4 Lesbian protagonist
"Brooks Too Broad for Leaping" Charles Sheffield 1998 Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
"Gary, in the Shadows" Mark Shepherd 1997 Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
"There Are Things Which Are Hidden from the Eyes of the Everyday" Simon Sheppard 1997 Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
"The Faerie Cony-Catcher" Delia Sherman 1998 Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers
"The Sound of Angels" Lisa S. Silverthorne 1997 Bending the Landscape : Fantasy
"Pirate Solutions" Katherine Sparrow 2008 Fast Ships, Black Sails
"On Vacation" Ralph A. Sperry 1998 Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
"The Flying Triangle" Allen Steele 1998 Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
"The World Well Lost" Theodore Sturgeon 1953 Universe
"Another Coming" Sonya Taaffe 2004 Not One of Us
"The Home Town Boy" B. J. Thrower 1997 Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
"The Night Train" [5] Lavie Tidhar 2010 Strange Horizons Trans* protagonist
"Gestures Too Late on a Gravel Road" Mark W. Tiedemann 1997 Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
"Surfaces" Mark W. Tiedemann 1998 Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
"Houston, Houston, Do You Read?" James Tiptree Jr. 1976 Aurora: Beyond Equality Set in a future where all men have died off.
"Your Faces, O My Sisters! Your Faces Filled with Light" James Tiptree Jr. 1976 Aurora: Beyond Equality Woman from an all-female society is the protagonist [4]
"Palimpsest" Catherynne M. Valente 2008 Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy
"Mahu" Jeff Verona 1997 Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
"Stay Thy Flight" Élisabeth Vonarburg 1998 Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction
"Beside the Well" Leslie What 1997 Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
"The Metamorphosis Bud" Liu Wen Zhuang 1996 Genderflex

Anthologies[edit]

Title Editors Year Publisher
Bending the Landscape: Fantasy Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel 1997 White Wolf Publishing
Bending the Landscape: Horror Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel 2001 White Wolf Publishing
Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel 1998 White Wolf Publishing
Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction Brit Mandelo 2013 Lethe Press
Brothers of the Night: Gay Vampire Stories Michael Rowe and Thomas S. Roche 1997 Cleis Press
Cyber-magick: Lesbian SF Gary Bowen 1996 Obeliesk Books
Flying Cups & Saucers: Gender Explorations in Science Fiction & Fantasy Debbie Notkin and the Secret Feminist Cabal 1998 Edgewood Press
Gay City 5: Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam[5] Vincent Kovar and Evan J. Peterson 2013 Minor Arcana Press and Gay City Health Project
Grave Passions: Tales of the Gay Supernatural William J. Mann 1997 Badboy
Icarus & Angels, Flights of Fantasy: Gay SF Gary Bowen 1996 Obeliesk Books
Kindred Spirits: An Anthology of Gay and Lesbian Science Fiction Stories Jeffrey M. Elliot 1984 Alyson
Queer Dimensions James EM Rasmussen 2009 Queered Fiction
Swords of the Rainbow: Science Fiction and Fantasy Eric Garber and Jewelle Gomez 1996 Alyson
Things Invisible to See: Gay and Lesbian Tales of Magic Realism Lawrence Schimel 1998 Circlet Press
Time Well Bent: Queer Alternative Histories[6] Connie Wilkins 2009 Lethe Press
Worlds Apart: An Anthology of Lesbian and Gay Science Fiction and Fantasy Camilla Decarnin, Eric Garber, and Lyn Paleo 1986 Alyson

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c http://feministsf.org/bibs/lgbt.html
  2. ^ a b http://www.lambdascifi.org/books/recommend.html
  3. ^ a b http://www.mamohanraj.com/altsex.html
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Uranian Worlds: a guide to alternative sexuality in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. 2nd Edition. Ed. Eric Garber and Lyn Paleo. Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1990
  5. ^ Minor Arcana Press descriptive listing for "Ghosts in Gaslight..." (bottom of page)
  6. ^ ISFDB Listing for 'Time Well Bent'

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