Subject: Let's give modern sci-fi a little love
Posted on: 2020-02-02 11:30:53 UTC
Because I've loved speculative fiction since I was five, and I love discovering new things and new voices - which, luckily, there are more and more of in the sci-fi community every year. I've especially been reading a lot of short stories lately - Lightspeed Magazine is an absolute goldmine of contemporary sci-fi, with lots of queer and POC authors -, and I want to share a few I really loved with y'all.
- Nnedi Okorafor: Spider the Artist | A woman in an African village forms an unlikely alliance with a Zombie. And trust me, it's not what you expect. (Trigger warning: domestic abuse.)
- Terence Taylor: The Catch | Unfortunately I haven't been able to find this story online, but if you can get a copy of this anthology, I very highly recommend that you read it. It's a disturbing, thought-provoking sci-fi tale about a serial killer finding out the true reasons for his killing urges, written by a black author I'm definitely going to read more stories by.
- Sofia Samatar: How to Get Back to the Forest | A dystopian story about girlhood, friendship and surveillance. I can't give a specific trigger warning, but it's an unsettling story.
- An Owomoyela: Undermarket Data | I've absolutely loved the excellent horror story Whose Drowned Face Sleeps by this author, so I was highly excited to read her sci-fi stuff, and I wasn't disappointed. While the plot of this story isn't as good as some of the others I've linked here, the grimy, run-down cyberpunk setting and the characters are excellent.
- Kameron Hurley: The Light Brigade | A sci-fi critique of the military and people literally turning into light? Don't mind if I do!
- Caitlín R. Kiernan: Faces in Revolving Souls While I love this author, the truth is that I didn't like this story about human augmentation and otherness at all. Not at first, anyway - but the beautiful imagery and the though-provoking themes (a bit unsubtle, I'll admit, but I didn't mind) got under my skin, made me think long and hard. And I've always thought that the best kinds of stories are the ones that stick with you. (Trigger warning: body horror.)
I'm trying to broaden my literary horizons this year, so I've made it my goal to read more women, POC and queer authors, especially in speculative fiction. I've got a long reading list in pretty much every genre, but I've been on a sci-fi kick lately, so here's my sci-fi reading list - let's see how many of them I can get through this year.
- Octavia E. Butler: Dawn
- Ursula K. Le Guin: The Left Hand of Darkness
- Rachel Bach: Fortune's Pawn
- Nnedi Okorafor: Lagoon
- Joan Slonczewski: A Door into Ocean
- Kameron Hurley: The Stars Are Legion
- Julianna Baggott: Pure
- Becky Chambers: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Do you guys have any modern sci-fi recs?