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11 Amazing Science Fiction Books by Black Authors

Though almost absent in the early years of science fiction, the number of black authors—and the recognition of their work—is growing year by year.

It’s impossible to talk about science fiction written by black authors as a cohesive genre because, like writers of other skin tones, black authors come from all over the world and write about a wildly diverse array of subjects in their own unique way and voice.

Despite that, I’m including this list because most other lists of science-fiction books tend to be “White and Male heavy,” and trumpeting the achievements of black authors should help balance that out a little bit.

I’m using “black” instead of “African-American” because a number of these authors are not American.

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Review: The Risen Empire by Scott Westerfeld

The Risen Empire coverThe Risen Empire has some interesting ideas about the far future. Humanity has split into several factions, one of the largest is the Risen Empire, ruled by a single, immortal emperor for sixteen hundred years. This emperor has the sole power to bestow immortality on any of his subjects. When the emperor’s home planet is attacked and his sister held hostage, military and political gears start turning.

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Review: The Grand Dark by Richard Kadrey

The Grand Dark’s main draw is its steampunk-inspired world-building, which is excellent. Most of the action takes place in the city of Lower Proszawa, which has just won the Great War. The population celebrates with drugs and nonstop parties as fascism strangles the populace. There are semi-intelligent automata and genetically engineered pets and power plants that spew massive clouds of coal dust.

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Review: The Lost Fleet: Dauntless by Jack Campbell

I’ve never been a big military SF fan, but The Lost Fleet: Dauntless does a solid job of changing my mind.

A soldier is woken up after one hundred years of drifting in space in survival hibernation and discovers that he’s been made a hero and a legend for his famous last stand. Not only is the war he fought in still raging, but he’s thrown into the command of a fleet of ships, deep in enemy territory and vastly outnumbered.

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