My name’s Sarah (she/her/hers), and I am an asexual lesbian who loves science fiction and fantasy, especially queer science fiction and fantasy.
I created this website as a resource for anyone looking to find queer science fiction and fantasy books. It largely grew out of a text list I’ve kept for the last several years.
The contact email for this site is email@example.com, but the fastest way to get in touch with me is through Twitter (@coolcurrybooks).
Is this for side characters or just protagonists?
Protagonists only! I’m tired of queer recommendation lists being dominated by books with cis, straight, allo leads who happen to have a queer best friend.
Also, while I’m not going to promise that this list will be 100% human characters, I’m going to avoid listing robots or aliens as representation when it falls into potentially harmful stereotypes (robots aren’t ace or nonbinary representation).
Where do the content warnings come from?
I source the content warnings from Goodreads reviews, which means they might not be 100% accurate or complete. You can always comment if you know of content warnings that need to be added!
Does this book have good representation?
That’s probably the #1 thing that people want to know, but it’s tricky to answer because representation can be so subjective. I don’t want to be providing any sort of “verdict” on whether or not a book’s representation is good, so that’s why I’m linking to reviews.
How do you choose the reviews you link to?
The vast majority of reviews I link to are by queer reviewers. In the few cases of reviews not by queer people, it’s because the book had intersecting identities and I couldn’t find a reviewer who matched all of the protagonist’s identities. For instance, if a protagonist is both queer and disabled, I want to make sure to provide reviews by disabled reviewers, and I may not be able to find queer disabled reviewers.
For books with trans protagonists, I draw off of this list of reviews of trans books by trans reviewers. Otherwise, reviewers may be queer reviewers I already followed, queer reviewers I found while creating this database, or queer authors.
If you have a review you would like to be included, please comment on the post!
How do you choose the books in the database?
First and foremost, this needs to be a book with a queer PROTAGONIST, where queer characters and their stories are central. Obviously, it’s also got to be a science fiction or fantasy book.
At the moment, it’s almost all books I’ve read and can thus markdown whether or not the queer characters survive and other such information. There are a few books in here that I haven’t read, and I do plan to keep adding more.
Can I comment on the specific entries?
Please comment on the entries! Especially if you know of more content warnings or helpful reviews, but even just if you have thoughts about a book.