15 Best Science Fiction Noir Books

Even in the future, hardboiled detectives will put everything on the line to solve baffling cases of murdered little nobodies that everyone else wants to forget. And despite being filled to the brim with cynicism so thick you could spread it on toast, they’re still driven by a small kernel of integrity that they can’t shake loose, no matter how hard they try.

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13 Best Gothic Science Fiction Books

Gothic science fiction (or “space goth”) focuses on the macabre, reveling in mystery, darkness, death, decay, madness, and monsters. Bonus goth points if vampires or werewolves appear and are explained non-magically.

There are supernatural elements in some gothic SF, so I recommend relaxing your definitions of what is or isn’t science fiction, and drift down the black river of the irrational into these stories.
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17 Best Afrofuturism Books

Front and back cover of The Black Speculative Arts Movement edited by Reynaldo Anderson and Clinton R. Fluker—John Jennings

Afrofuturism is not just “the future with black people in it.” Its stories tend to focus on black identity, African mythology, and alternate histories involving the African Diaspora (the movement of people from Africa due to slavery).

Here’s me, a white guy, explaining a black culture thing. For a more authentic take on afrofuturism, read Jamie Broadnax’s (founder of Black Girl Nerds) “What The Heck Is Afrofuturism?

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