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11 Diverse Books and Graphic Novels To Read For National Science Fiction Day

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11 Diverse Books and Graphic Novels To Read For National Science Fiction Day

For National Science Fiction Day, expand your library with this diverse reads that will take your imagination on a journey.

It’s only fair to highlight Black and POC authors for #NationalScienceFictionDay because let’s face it, lack of diversity is still an issue in the Sci-fi and fantasy genre.

But don’t worry, here’s a list of sci-fi (and fantasy) reads that you are sure to enjoy. Whether you enjoy hard sci-fi stories or sci-fi mixed with fantasy, this list has you covered.

Dominion—An Anthology Of Speculative Fiction From Africa And The Africa Diaspora

I think it’s important to read and consume Black literature from writers throughout the African diaspora and one of the best ways to do it is to read an anthology. Dive into African spirituality and mysticism amd challenge your imagination.

Futureland—Walter Mosley

Dystopian, crime and sci-fi all rolled into one. This is another anthology of short stories from Mr. Mosley himself.

The Road Of Resistance—Chase Bolling

Described as a read for those who love the shows Power and Game Of Thrones, this trilogy is a roller-coaster ride where world-building is essential. If you are ready to dedicate some time you need to get your hands on this series.

Nophek Gloss—Essa Hansen

A funky space opera that deals with grief and exceptionalism and revenge while taking a wild ride throughout space.

The Sacrifice Of Darkness—Roxane Gay

The story is timeless because you can’t tell if this story could be in the past, present or future but what you will discover is a family who does everything they can to survive despite what the father of their home did.

Legendborn—Tracy Deonn

Perhaps more fantasy than sci-fi, Legendborn is a modern retelling of King Arthur. Set at a magical university in the south, our protagonist discovers a secret that changes her life forever.

The Bone Shard Daughter—Andrea Stewart

Another title that has heavy fantasy elements, this book is for those who love emperors, magic and revolution.

Girl Of Flesh And Metal—Alicia Ellis

A teen gets into a terrible accident and is forced to live with a metal arm that has a deadly mind of its own.

N.K. Jemisin —Far Sector

Arguably one of the best Green Latern’s in a long time. I’m just waiting for the volumes to be available so I can binge read.

Omni Vol. 1: The Doctor Is In—Devin Grayson, Alitha E. Martinez

Omni is one of the best Sci-fi comics out. You meet a doctor who is extremely gifted and has the ability to compute multiple problems in less than a second.

Daughters Of Nri—Reni K. Amayo

Come for the cover, stay for the story of two goddesses who believe they are humans. Once they find each other and the truth, they set to face Eze Ochichiri, the man who rules the Kingdom of Nri.

Happy reading!

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