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2022 Queer Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

Welcome to my ongoing and somewhat-regularly updated list of queer adult science-fiction and fantasy books published in 2022!

If you haven’t been around for my previous lists, this list and the ones before (see: 2021, 2020, 2019) – and the ones that will come after – are my answer to every, “Where are all the queer/LGBTQIA/QUILTBAG fantasy and science-fiction adult books?” or, worse, “only Young Adult (YA) has any queer representation.”

This is my fourth year creating and maintaining this list and even with publication delays, stuck ships, and paper shortages, I’m delighted to share an even bigger list than before. Queer sci-fi and fantasy is here, y’all, and we ain’t going nowhere.

The list is sorted by publication date. When possible, I included the specific queer rep, along with any side characters. “Queer” here is used as the inclusive umbrella term for anyone on the LGBTQIA+/QUILTBAG spectrum. The representation on this list is gleaned from reviews, readers, and the authors themselves and, even though I try my absolute best to get it right, sometimes I do get it wrong. Additions and changes can be found in a change-log at the end of this post.

Now that all of that admin stuff is out of the way:

Onto the list!

JANUARY
RETURNING HEROES by Harry F. Rey:
Pub Date: 1/7/2022
– m/m(/m), all-queer cast
– sixth and final in super queer space opera
– a captain returns home, changed, to galaxy in flux
– threatened by disastrous politics and immortals, war is inevitable
BATTLE OF THE LINGUIST MAGES by Scotto Moore:
Pub Date: 1/11/2022
– f/f
– in a rave-themed VR game, words can kill
– smash morphemes and punctuation together for a c-c-COMBO
– but can the queen of the game do anything in the real world?
SERVANT MAGE by Kate Elliott:
Pub Date: 1/18/2022
– polyamory, bi
– lamplighter becomes a reluctant revolutionary
– magic inherited from dragons, mages forced into servitude
– portals and demons and soul-wraiths, ohmy
SEVEN MERCIES by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May:
Pub Date: 1/25/2022
– f/f, trans, bi, & ace
– sequel to SEVEN DEVILS
– queer found family traveling through space and rebelling against empire 💪💪
– seven queers vs a rogue AI
GOLIATH by Tochi Onyebuchi:
Pub Date: 1/25/2022
– m/m established couple
– in the 2050s, those who can flee our poisoned Earth, do; those who can’t salvage what they can
– disparate narratives weave together to create a dystopia… or our inevitable reality?
LIGHT YEARS FROM HOME by Mike Chen:
Pub Date: 1/25/2022
– f/f
– brother disappears on a camping trip, only to reappear years later talking about an intergalactic war
– what’s worse: the FBI or a space armada?
– family-focused scifi, as Chen does best ❤
FEBRUARY
AZURA GHOST by Essa Hansen:
Pub Date: 2/1/2022
– ace-spec MC, nonbinary and genderfluid side characters
– sequel to NOPHEK GLOSS
– epic space opera!
– mysterious ships with souls!!
– big tech and bigger world-building
BASE NOTES by Lara Elena Donnelly:
Pub Date: 2/1/2022
– pan/poly, enby MC
– a perfumer drowning in debt branches out into scents that can recreate memories
– except to distill a moment, one must also distill a person
– murder, that means murder
– and so much of it 🗡️
BLUEBIRD by Ciel Pierlot:
Pub Date: 2/8/2022
– “lesbian gunslinger fights spies in space!”
– srsly do you need anything else
– really???
– taser-wielding! librarian!! girlfriend!!!
– just gotta save the twin sister while traversing a war-torn galaxy
BLOOD LEGACY by Tej Turner:
Pub Date: 2/11/2022
– m/m/m, gay + bi + pan MCs
– sequel to BLOODSWORN
– shape-shifting monsters made from corpses + evil magicians + can’t trust no one vibes = dark high fantasy with class
THE THOUSAND EYES by A.K. Larkwood:
Pub Date: 2/15/2022
– f/f main, m/m disaster
– sequel to THE UNSPOKEN NAME
– Orc priestess turned mercenary turned adventurer Csorwe helps her girlfriend wield eldritch and necromantic power
– FUCKING TAL
MOON WITCH, SPIDER KING by Marlon James:
Pub Date: 2/15/2022
– m/m in original story, which this holds up a mirror to
– sequel to BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF
– everything you know is wrong
– a century-long feud, a search for a missing boy, and a metaphorical spider
SISTERS OF THE FORSAKEN STARS by Lina Rather:
Pub Date: 2/22/2022
– lesbian space nuns!!, come on
– sequel to SISTERS OF THE VAST BLACK
– how to keep your faith after witnessing atrocities
– keep fighting fascism, that’s how
THE MAGIC BETWEEN by Stephanie Hoyt:
Pub Date: 2/15/2022
– bi MC, m/m
– magic demands a bond, and opposites quite literally attract
– the ocd pop star who can disappear and the hockey player who can see anything accidentally magically bond, oops
DEAD COLLECTIONS by Isaac Fellman:
Pub Date: 2/22/2022
– transmasc MC
– an eccentric archivist and a grieving widow form a surprising bond
– and the surprise isn’t that one of them is a vampire
– a gentle book about the stories we leave behind ❤
MANHUNT by Gretchen Felker-Martin:
Pub Date: 2/22/2022
– trans MCs
– dystopian world where trans women are forced to hunt and harvest the organs of feral men to survive
– actually considers trans folks in a sex-based apocalypse
– tw: lots of gore
INHERITORS OF POWER by Juliette Wade:
Pub Date: 2/22/2022
– ace rep in an ongoing queer-informed world
– third book in Broken Trust series
– trash hauler becomes the center of a political clash after he stumbles somewhere he wasn’t supposed to be
SCORPICA by G.R. Macallister:
Pub Date: 2/22/2022
– 2 sapphic POVs and 1 pan guardswoman
– women are in charge & “some are cinnamon rolls and others like to do murders”
– every queen for herself, but especially the near-immortal sorcerer demigod
MARCH
THE ATLAS SIX by Olivie Blake:
Pub Date: 3/1/2022
– sapphic, bi, poly
– dark academia that’s gay for itself
– six of the most talented magicians have been selected for the most prestigious secret society, but only five will make it
– IF they survive (dun dun duun)
LAST EXIT by Max Gladstone:
Pub Date: 3/8/2022
– f/f
– the adventuring kids failed, but as adults they have a chance to set it right
– world-jumping to stop a rot that unmakes realities
– muscle cars, cowboys, and mathematical magic
– shove this in my veins
THE CIRCUS INFINITE by Khan Wong:
Pub Date: 3/8/2022
– ace MC
– gravity mage catches the attention of a crime boss in charge of a circus who forces the mage to do some terrible stuff
– but the queer found family is about to take on the mob, together
PENNYBLADE by J.L. Worrad:
Pub Date: 3/15/2022
– sapphic
– a disgraced elf mercenary is forced to work among the humans who despise her for whom she loves
– literally haunted by her past
– betrayal’s only the first of many problems
THE CITY OF DUSK by Tara Sim:
Pub Date: 3/22/2022
– sapphic, queer
– “queer goth metal fantasy” w/ necromancy, bone dresses, shadow familiars, & murderous gods
– the gods have withdrawn their favor from the world, but their heirs will keep fighting for it
WILD AND WICKED THINGS by Francesca May:
Pub Date: 3/29/2022
– f/f
– Great Gatsby retelling, but make it sapphic
– oh, and witches
– do you really need anything else
– FINE, blood magic TOO
APRIL
THE BLADED FAITH by David Daglish:
Pub Date: 4/5/2022
– f/f (wholesome lesbians, even)
– revolutionaries create a hero to strike fear into the empire that conquered them
– but creating a hero turns out to be the work – and blood – of many
IN A GARDEN BURNING GOLD by Rory Power:
Pub Date: 4/5/2022
– queer (unspecified)
– twins use their magic to protect their country
– but is their country worth protecting?
– season & tide magic, international conspiracies, and the limits of familial bonds
SAINT DEATH’S DAUGHTER by C.S.E. Cooney:
Pub Date: 4/12/2022
– queer MC, enby li, diverse cast
– being an assassin with a literal allergy to violence kinda complicates things
– necromancy!!!
– untrustworthy birds, looming debts, and a dash of morbid whimsy
SANCTUARY by Andi C. Buchanan:
Pub Date: 4/12/2022
– enby MC
– when the haunted house is your home ❤
– up until new haunts are delivered
– why is this man hoarding ghosts??
– and why is he trying to take our beloved haunted home???
THE LANGUAGE OF ROSES by Heather Rose Jones:
Pub Date: 4/14/2022
– f/f, aro protagonist
– beauty and beast retelling, but this time with Fae!
– grapples with the importance of different forms of love
– maybe forcing a random peasant to marry you isn’t the way to fix things, hmm?
SPEAR by Nicola Griffith:
Pub Date: 4/19/2022
– sapphic
– King Arthur retelling
– a young woman chases a vision of her destiny at the court of King Artos with only a broken spear and mended armor
FEVERED STAR by Rebecca Roanhorse:
Pub Date: 4/19/2022
– bi MC, queer cast
– sequel to BLACK SUN
– the sun is the Crow God’s now
– what happens to the living avatars of gods when their prophesies are realized?
KAIKEYI by Vaishnavi Patel:
Pub Date: 4/26/2022
– ace MC
– Ramayana retelling
– the gods never seem to hear Kaikeyi’s calls, so she discovers magic on her own and transforms her own world
– but her forged path clashes with destiny, demons, and the divine
THE DISCORD OF GODS by Jenn Lyons:
Pub Date: 4/26/2022
– bi MC, plus queertastic cast
– omfg the last book in the CHORUS OF DRAGONS series
– it’s the end times, people! get with it
– prophecies and rituals and gods and demons collide in this epic conclusion
MAY
WHEN WOMEN WERE DRAGONS by Kelly Barnhill:
Pub Date: 5/3/2022
– sapphic MC
– MASS DRAGONING
– no really, thousands upon thousands of afab folk turned dragon in 1955
– and now: the repercussions
– did I mention MASS DRAGONING??
VOWS OF EMPIRE by Emily Skrutskie:
Pub Date: 5/3/2022
– m/m main
– third in the BLOODRIGHT TRILOGY
– space opera with star-crossed heirs to warring empires
MISRULE by Heather Walter:
Pub Date: 5/10/2022
– sapphic MC
– sequel to MALICE, Sleeping Beauty retelling
– the princess sleeps and the sorceress who loves her must become the monster to wake her
ADRIFT IN STARLIGHT by Mindi Briar:
Pub Date: 5/10/2022
– enby and ace MCs
– seducing the archeologist was never going to go well
– wait this museum piece is alive
– and now we’re having an illegal adventure together
– maybe we should,,, fall in love???
SIREN QUEEN by Nghi Vo:
Pub Date: 5/10/2022
– sapphic
– Hollywood is racist as ever but it also runs on blood and ancient magic
– when the monsters are real, does it matter if you play a monster or become one
THE HOURGLASS THRONE by K.D. Edwards:
Pub Date: 5/17/2022
– ace, m/m
– third in the Tarot Sequence, about the survivors of a magical Atlantis
– found family, dark secrets, and the challenges of power
HER MAJESTY’S ROYAL COVEN by Juno Dawson:
Pub Date: 5/31/2022
– sapphic, queer
– Queen Elizabeth I established covert gov’t coven
– witchcraft + bureaucracy + trying to help witches become more inclusive
– old friends redeciding their loyalties to each other
JUNE
WRATH GODDESS SING by Maya Deane:
Pub Date: 6/7/2022
– trans MC, f/m, m/m, f/f
– what if Achilles were a trans woman
– who still went into battle and slayed
– and the gods actually fed off of human sacrifices
– and Helen was immortal?
UNDER FORTUNATE STARS by Ren Hutchings:
Pub Date: 6/7/2022
– bi MCs, mostly queer cast
– stuck in a rift, a space ship runs into history dorks from the future
– but their story doesn’t line up with the future’s version and they’re both running out of time & power
THE DAWNHOUNDS by Sascha Stronach:
Pub Date: 6/14/2022
– sapphic
– Maori-inspired fantasy 😍
– oh shit I’ve found a body
– oh shit I’ve been murdered
– haha oh shit for them, death didn’t stick 😈
– pirates & necromancy & plague, yesss
THE GRIEF OF STONES by Katherine Addison:
Pub Date: 6/14/2022
– gay MC
– sequel to THE WITNESS FOR THE DEAD
– everything you loved about the GOBLIN EMPEROR’s softness, continued
– MC can converse with the recently dead
– and thereby uncovers terrible things
JANUARY FIFTEENTH by Rachel Swirsky:
Pub Date: 6/14/2022
– f/f
– the day all Americans receive their annual UBI payment
– the day four individuals’ lives will change
– how status quo can become change
A MIRROR MENDED by Alix E. Harrow:
Pub Date: 6/14/2022
– queer MC (f/f?)
– sequel to a SPINDLE SPLINTERED
– instead of saving Sleeping Beauties, MC gets to save the Evil Queen from Snow White
WHAT ROUGH BEAST by Michael R. Johnson:
Pub Date: 6/21/2022
– established m/m couple
– sequel to THE BLOOD-DIMMED TIDE
– space opera with a massive conflict between humans and the Zhen Empire
A TASTE OF GOLD AND IRON by Alexandra Rowland:
Pub Date: 6/21/2022
– m/m
– fealty and queer yearning abound
– beefy bodyguards who have to protect cold yet handsome ambassadors
– princes can touch-taste metal which makes counterfeiting… interesting…
THE FINAL STRIFE by Saara El-Arifi:
Pub Date: 6/23/2022
– f/f
– society stratified by blood – literally.
– giant, rideable lizards in a desert world
– a chosen one who didn’t save the world
– it’s time to let the blood flow 😈
THE BALLAD OF PERILOUS GRAVES by Alex Jennings:
Pub Date: 6/21/2022
– trans MC
– a magical piano maintains the city of Nola’s beat and without them, the city will fall
– a failed magician and his sister have to find the songs and save the city
THE GOD BREAKER by Mike Brooks:
Pub Date: 6/21/2022
– m/m, multiple queer MCs
– third in the GOD-KING CHRONICLES
– scholarly thief and his murder husband 💕
– war dragons will continue until morale improves
– as will your friendly neighborhood sea raiders
THE ORIGIN OF STORMS by Elizabeth Bear:
Pub Date: 6/28/2022
– 3rd gender / trans MC
– final in LOTUS KINGDOMS trilogy
– four claimants to a throne that only one can sit
– dragons, automatons, and wizards – epic fantasy at its finest
DAUGHTER OF REDWINTER by Ed McDonald:
Pub Date: 6/28/2022
– bi MC
– found family but the family you find is on the run from some murderous warrior magicians
– who’ll want to do a murder on you if they find out you can speak with the dead 💀
– which is a surprisingly hard secret to keep!
LOCKLANDS by Robert Jackson Bennett:
Pub Date: 6/28/2022
– f/f main, established
– 3rd in FOUNDERS TRILOGY
– magic is a series of increasingly complex definitions
– except now that same magic is being used to possess people and destroy reality
– nothing a heist can’t stop
JULY
SILK FIRE by Zabé Ellor:
Pub Date: 7/5/2022
– m/m
– oops this dying god gave me magic-breathing powers
– and now I’m knee-deep in the politics I’ve been trying to avoid
– male courtesan MC, dragons, NECROMANCERS, army of undead, hold me daddy
A PRAYER FOR THE CROWN-SHY by Becky Chambers:
Pub Date: 7/12/2022
– nonbinary, queernorm in general
– 2nd in MONK & ROBOT series
– when a tea monk and a robot on a quest to find out what humanity really needs become friends, you get a quiet, hope-driven story ❤
WHAT MOVES THE DEAD by T. Kingfisher:
Pub Date: 7/12/2022
– enby MC
– Fall of the House of Usher retelling
– now with fungal overgrowth, possessed wildlife, and a lake wot pulses!!
– are you ready to have fun because I’m a fungi
AUGUST KITKO AND THE MECHAS FROM SPACE by Alex White:
Pub Date: 7/12/2022
– gay cis & queer enby MCs
– an army of giant robots want to destroy Earth
– except some team up with a jazz pianist to stop the destruction instead
– um did you read the part about the SPACE MECHAS???
ION CURTAIN by Anya Ow:
Pub Date: 7/19/2022
– queer enemies to lovers
– space opera + spy vs spy
– Russia has come out ahead in the space race and now contends with the UN in a new, interstellar Cold War
– a salvage crew discovers a mysterious AI that threatens the knife’s edge peace – and all of humanity
A STRANGE AND STUBBORN ENDURANCE by Foz Meadows:
Pub Date: 7/26/2022
– m/m
– well, if you don’t want to marry the girl, marry her brother, ok?
– romantic af fantasy, with a queer marriage of convenience, but let’s also Have a Murder, too
A HALF-BUILT GARDEN by Ruthanna Emrys:
Pub Date: 7/26/2022
– f/f main
– it’s 2083 and aliens have come to save us from ourselves
– but we’re not ready to give up on Earth
– optimistic near future sci-fi
– 🎶should we stay or should we go?🎶
THE HALF LIFE OF VALERY K by Natasha Pulley:
Pub Date: 7/26/2022
– m/m
– instead of serving out your prison term in this Siberian gulag, come to this mysterious city and study radiation effects
– just don’t ask any questions, mmkay comrade?
– oh and don’t fall for your security officer
OF CHARMS, GHOSTS, AND GRIEVANCES by Aliette de Bodard:
Pub Date: 7/28/2022
– m/m
– a restful holiday becomes anything but when a dragon prince and his husband stumble upon a corpse
– the scariest challenge might not be the family politics, the hungry ghosts, or the bloodthirsty paper charms, but the question of their shared future
– part of the Dominion of the Fallen series, but functionally a standalone
LAST CAR TO ANNWN STATION by Michael Merriam:
July 2022
– f/f
– urban fantasy with phantom street cars, twisted magic, the Wild Hunt, and scariest of all: Minneapolis in winter
– one week to save the child, just gotta bargain with Death and get the girl
AUGUST
FAULT TOLERANCE by Valeria Valdes:
Pub Date: 8/2/2022
– bi/pan MC
– 3rd in CHILLING EFFECT series
– is the universe being trolled by creepy monoliths or is their message of doom legit?
– up to the crew of the La Sirena Negra to find out
– psychic space cats!!!!
UNWIELDY CREATURES by Addie Brook Tsai:
Pub Date: 8/2/2022
– sapphic MC
– Frankenstein retelling, but make it queer
– told by the Dr’s intern
– tale of loss, revenge… and murder (dun dun duuun)
THE SLEEPLESS by Victor Manibo:
Pub Date: 8/2/2022
– queer MC
– 1/4 of the world stops sleeping w/o health problems
– some people revere the Sleepless, others fear them, and others..
– want to become them
– scifi noir mystery about capitalism and hustle culture
THE JAGUAR PATH by Anna Stephens:
Pub Date: 8/4/2022 moved to 2023
– multiple bi and gay MCs
– sequel to THE STONE KNIFE
– Stephens’ classic creepy af fantasy
– the Empire of Songs used magical music to bind its people together, but others can sing
KALYNA THE SOOTHSAYER by Elijah Kinch Spector:
Pub Date: 8/9/2022
– bi MC, multiple queer side characters
– when soothsaying in your family’s genes but it skipped you, obvs you fake it
– until you get voluntold by royalty to predict assassinations
– so you try to avoid being killed yourself with only your ability to con and manipulate, all the while trying to avoid setting off the downfall of your kingdom like your dad foresaw
THE BOOK EATERS by Sunyi Dean:
Pub Date: 8/9/2022
– sapphic MC
– title is literal
– eaters remember everything in the books they eat
– things get dark af when one eater is born able to eat minds instead
– don’t take a baby mind eater from their mom, k?
THE BRUISING OF QILWA by Naseem Jamnia:
Pub Date: 8/9/2022
– aroace, enby
– a terrible disease leaves mysterious bruises
– a refugee practitioner of blood magic has only just eked out a new living when fingers start being pointed her way
– Persian-inspired world
HIGH TIMES IN LOW PARLIAMENT by Kelly Robson:
Pub Date: 8/9/2022
– f/f
– ok I’ll deliver this message for you, just give me a kiss first
– fuck, I got cursed by a fairy
– a human scribe sent to fairy Parliament has to save humanity from a hung vote, or else war
THE OLEANDER SWORD by Tasha Suri:
Pub Date: 8/16/2022
– f/f
– ancient magic has returned in time for a people to reclaim their country
– the mad emperor isn’t about to let them go without blood
– but his sister has broken free of his grip and she’s PISSED🔥

DANCE WITH THE DEVIL by Kit Rocha
:
Pub Date: 8/16/2022
– bi MC
– 3rd in MERCENARY LIBRARIANS series
– super-powered clone and her two best friends try to maintain a post-apocalyptic library, but shit keeps getting in the way
– it’s time for a REVOLUTION
FURIOUS HEAVEN by Kate Elliot:
Pub Date: 8/23/2022
– f/f
– sequel to UNCONQUERABLE SUN
– gender-swapped space opera inspired by Alexander the Great!!
– wait do I need to say anything else?? srsly???
– space battles and space mysteries and space ambition!
AN ARCHIVE OF BRIGHTNESS by Kelsey Socha:
Pub Date: 8/30/2022
– m/m, f/f, overall queer
– lobstermen in a secret relationship, homes built from scorpion shells, lonely architects, and painful transformations
– all narrated by a flock of crows overly willing to break the 4th wall
SEPTEMBER
NOTORIOUS SORCERER by Davinia Evans:
Pub Date: 9/13/2022
– m/m main
– magic was cool until it started causing earthquakes
– now it’s priced out of most folks’ lives
– until the MC commits some impossible magic
– and threatens to, uh, shake things up
NONA THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir:
Pub Date: 9/13/2022
– sapphic, queertastic
– third in the LOCKED TOMB series
– Nona wants a birthday party, but there’s zombies, a giant blue sphere menacing her world, and, uh, this isn’t her body
– GAY BONES GAY BONES GAY BONES
THE UNBALANCING by R.B. Lemberg:
Pub Date: 9/20/2022
– queer and enby MCs
– set in the entrancing Birdverse
– magic keepers must come together to save their islands from catastrophe
– ghosts and giant constructs and – Atlantis??!!
NO GODS FOR DROWNING by Hailey Piper:
Pub Date: 9/20/2022
– f/f
– serial killer is trying to bring back the old gods to save their sinking city
– but maybe the old gods didn’t leave willingly
– and the serial killer is bringing back the wrong gods 😱
THE GENESIS OF MISERY by Neon Yang:
Pub Date: 9/27/2022
– enby MC
– Joan of Arc retelling
– but it’s a space opera
– and there are giant robots
OCTOBER
DEADBEAT DRUID by David R. Slayton:
Pub Date: 10/18/2022
– gay MC
– sequel to TRAILER PARK TRICKSTER
– cinnamon roll magician continues saving the world, after dealing with his family, of course
THE ENDLESS SONG by Joshua Phillip Johnson:
Pub Date: 10/18/2022
– f/f
– sequel to THE FOREVER SEA
– ships sail upon an endless grassland, but what lies beneath the surface, while a mystery, could be their undoing
– pirates and unfathomable plants and magical hearthfires, oh yes
INTO THE RIVERLANDS by Nghi Vo:
Pub Date: 10/25/2022
– sapphic MC
– third in the SINGING HILLS CYCLE
– wandering cleric travels to record tales of near-immortal martial artists
– in learning about their history, they also become it
NOVEMBER
A FRACTURED INFINITY by Nathan Tavares:
Pub Date: 11/1/2022
– gay MC, queer cast
– save your boyfriend, but wreck the multiverse
– is it even a question
– timey wimey shenanigans
OCEAN’S ECHO by Everina Maxwell:
Pub Date: 11/1/2022
– m/m
– set in same universe as WINTER’S ORBIT
– a rich, inveterate flirt has telepathic powers
– which of course he misuses
– so they bind his mind to another
– this will definitely go as planned *exaggerated wink*
A RESTLESS TRUTH by Freya Marske:
Pub Date: 11/1/2022
– f/f
– sequel to A MARVELLOUS LIGHT
– stuck on a ship with a dead body, a disrespectful parrot, and a scandalous stranger, you can’t help but fall in love
– murder on a boat, yesssssssss
EVEN THOUGH I KNEW THE END by C.L. Polk:
Pub Date: 11/8/2022
– f/f
– you can have your soul back AND live out your life with your sweetheart
– you just have to track down a notorious serial killer
– who’s a vampire
– did we mention they’re a vampire?
– good luck!
DECEMBER
THE IVORY TOMB by Melissa Caruso:
Pub Date: 12/6/2022
– f/f
– sequel to THE QUICKSILVER COURT
– when you can kill with just your touch, its inevitable that you get blamed for murder
– in trying to clear her name, Ryx has opened a door that should never have been opened
AWAITING PUB DATE
A NECESSARY CHAOS by Brent Lambert:
Fall 2022
– gay MCs
– two mages assigned to spy on each other
– catch feelings instead
– ok but now they’ve been told to kill each other
– spy vs spy but make it hot
THE SURVIVING SKY by Kritika H. Rao:
Fall 2022
– queer MCs in a m/f relationship
– floating jungle city above a raging Earth
– magical architects keep it afloat, until suddenly they can’t
– a struggling marriage, illegal magic, and misplaced reverence!

Change Log:
May 23, 2022 – Added f/f to WRATH GODDESS SING, updated THE JAGUAR PATH pub date to 2023, added KALYNA THE SOOTHSAYER, added DAUGHTER OF REDWINTER, added SAINT DEATH’S DAUGHTER, added A HALF-BUILT GARDEN, added LAST CAR TO ANNWN STATION, added BRUISING OF QILWA

4 thoughts on “2022 Queer Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy Books”

  1. EEEEEEEEEE THIS IS SO FABULOUS! Thank you for putting this together! 😀

    Can confirm that THE BALLAD OF PERILOUS GRAVES has a trans MC
    SILK FIRE is m/m/f
    AUGUST KITKO has a queer cis MC and a queer enby MC

    Not on your list, but
    DAUGHTER OF REDWINTER by Ed McDonald has a bisexual MC
    SAINT DEATH’S DAUGHTER by CSE Cooney has a queer MC and enby love interest
    A HALF-BUILT GARDEN by Ruthanna Emrys features a F/F couple and a ton of queer secondary characters!

  2. I just love these lists that you make for adult sci-fi and fantasy! Your lists are my go-to for when I’m looking for something new to read. I love your commentary and your short descriptions and the work you put into making these posts look nice is hugely appreciated!

    I’ve really struggled in the past to find queer sci-fi and fantasy that is primarily for adults (I appreciate queer ya sf&f generally but sometimes you just want something more complex or written from a more adult standpoint) so these lists you put out are a huge boon.

  3. Thank you for the great list! It’s my favorite queer book list ever! I think you listed the wrong author for Saint Death’s Daughter (should be CSE Cooney)

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