The best LGBTQ fantasy and science fiction

Who am I?

A member of the LGBTQ community, I set out to write books about people that looked like me, that were under-represented in the media. I’m disabled, living with multiple medical conditions and mental health issues, which also inform my writing. I self-identify as a “full-time geek” – I have a passion for history and science, as well as being an avid gamer. My reading (and writing) time is spent wandering through fantasy realms, traveling the outer reaches of space, or delving into historical time periods.

I wrote...

A Mage's Power (Inquisition Trilogy)

By Casey Wolfe,

Book cover of A Mage's Power (Inquisition Trilogy)

What is my book about?

A Mage’s Power is the first book in a contemporary fantasy trilogy.  Step into an alternate modern world, where humans live alongside all manner of magical beings – mages, werecreatures, vampires, elves, and more.  Meet a large cast of diverse characters as war looms on the horizon.

Young master mage, Rowan, is just trying to make a name for himself, when he’s blindsided by someone who should be an enemy – an Inquisitor named Shaw.  Friendship, love, and magic abound when two lives collide, and conspiracy looms in the shadows.

The books I picked & why

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Trick of the Light

By Megan Derr,

Book cover of Trick of the Light

Why this book?

An urban-fantasy about superheroes...and how horrible they are.  This story is about the “villains,” not the goodie goodie “heroes” who do nothing but leave disaster and death in their wake.  This is a fun read, packed with an intriguing relationship, thoughtful social questions, and an interesting world.  It may be short, but it’s super sweet.

A Pirate's Primer

By Jill Knowles,

Book cover of A Pirate's Primer

Why this book?

This historical fantasy is full of swashbuckling adventure, romance, and loveable characters.  For such a short story, there is an amazing depth, both in world-building and the characters themselves.  This was a great read from start to finish.

Life Is Strange Vol. 1: Dust

By Emma Vieceli, Claudia Leonardi (illustrator), Andrea Izzo (illustrator)

Book cover of Life Is Strange Vol. 1: Dust

Why this book?

Fans of DONTNOD’s time-bending sci-fi video game will love this ongoing comic series, as will new readers. It’s like leaping straight back into the world of the game, following Max and Chloe’s relationship in the wake of the destruction of their hometown. The magic of the game is captured perfectly on the page. It’s a beautiful story, with equally beautiful art, that stays true to the lore of the source material.


By Aleksandr Voinov,

Book cover of Incursion

Why this book?

A classical space romp with a twist. World-building is a must for any sci-fi, and this doesn’t disappoint.  You’re sucked into this world and its people, carried by an interesting cast of characters. It’s a short read, filled with a big heart, and a world just dying to be explored further in future installments.

Bone Rider

By J. Fally,

Book cover of Bone Rider

Why this book?

This sci-fi adventure seems insane when you read the premise – a cowboy, a hitman, and an alien AI armor? Somehow, this manages to actually work, and becomes a thrilling adventure, with a pretty unique romance and fun world-building. It’s just one of those books you need to read to believe.

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