Intro to Speculative Fiction by People of Color

If you walk into the science fiction and fantasy section of just about any book store, you’ll likely see shelves of great books, mostly written by white men. We are not attempting to make a statement about whether this is right or wrong, but we wanted to provide a resource to help people find stories written by a more diverse group of authors.

For similar flowcharts with different focuses, check out these:

Some housekeeping:

  1. For the purposes of this flowchart, the phrase “people of color” is considered to mean nonwhite persons living in a country in which they are a racial minority.
  2. This flowchart is by no means comprehensive, nor do we claim that these are “objectively” the best books by people of color.
  3. We tried to provide enough variety that seasoned and novice readers alike can discover new stories to love.
  4. We wished to feature a variety of storytelling mediums, such as graphic novels, short fiction, and audio dramas.
  5. Only first books in a series and standalones are included, and each author is only listed once.

The final flowchart has 116 entries, and we could’ve included many more if we had room. Feel strongly about a story we left out? Let us know in a comment!

Here’s the chart:

High resolution image here.

If any of these books strike your fancy, here they are in list form with links to Goodreads and Amazon. Enjoy!


Mythic Fantasy

Urban Fantasy

Paranormal Romance

Erotic Science Fiction

Space Opera

Science Fiction

Science Fantasy




Zombie Fiction

Alternate History

Historical Fantasy

Fantasy of Manners

Time Travel

Comedic Science Fiction

Young Adult

Middle Grade

Fairy Tale Fantasy

Dark Fantasy


Sword & Sorcery

Romantic Fantasy


Magical Realism


Epic Fantasy

Graphic Novels

  • Storm: Make it Rain by Greg Pak, Victor Ibanez, Scott Hepburn, & Matteo Buffagni | Goodreads | Amazon
  • Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda | Goodreads | Amazon
  • Black by Kwanza Osajyefo, Jamal Igle, Robin Riggs, Tim Smith III, & Sarah Stern | Goodreads | Amazon
  • Legend of the Mantamaji by Eric Dean Seaton, David Ellis Dickerson, & Brandon Palas | Goodreads | Amazon


Audio Drama

  • The Glass Appeal by Elijah Gabriel | Website
  • Here Be Dragons by Jordan Cobb | Website
  • Redwing by JV Hampton-VanSant | Website
  • Flyest Fables by Morgan Givens | Website
  • Kalila Stormfire’s Economical Magick Services by Lisette Alvarez | Website

Standalone Novel



Short Story



  1. Hi!
    Great chart 😀
    You should add the Beautiful One trilogy by O.M. Faure.
    Dystopian thriller with an African American kickass heroine.



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