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Upcoming 2020 LGBTQIA+ Speculative Fiction I Can’t Wait to Read

It is a less than happy Pride month this year. Not just because of – *gestures at world* – this shit, but because a whole generation’s formerly beloved author chose Pride month to evolve into her final TERF form, spewing her transphobic hatred and breaking millions of hearts worldwide.
This is your friendly reminder to stop supporting J. K. Rowling.
Now, let’s move on and stop giving her any more of our energy.
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Whether you are trans, genderfluid, non-binary, or any identity of the LGBTQIA+ rainbow: you are valid, loved, and you have a place in the world. And LGBTQIA+ authors have a place in the literary world! It is my ultimate pleasure to shout and scream about the fantastic voices in the literary world, and their books I am so excited to read.
Here are my most anticipated 2020 LGBTQIA+ reads in speculative fiction.
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The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska
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“A dark fairy-tale fantasy about two girls who must choose between saving themselves, each other, or their sinking island city.”

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Sapphic and dark are two of my favourite words in literature right now. I’m really into stories that take place on an island, too. Something about forcing the plot into such an isolated space raises the stakes and tension. Love that the description is really vague and gives almost nothing away – love to go into a book ready to be surprised.
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Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
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“A captivating and utterly original fairy tale about a girl cursed to be poisonous to the touch, and who discovers what power might lie in such a curse…”
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This gives me Shatter Me vibes, but with a new direction. It boasts morally-grey characters (ooooh), Persian mythology (oooooh) and the antithesis of a damsel-in-distress MC who may have a decent-into-villainy arc. Yes please.
Early readers have praised this book for its twists and turns and for being a highly original new voice in the genre. Sign me up!
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Into the Real by Z Brewer
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“Three Quinns. Three realities. Three Brumes.”
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This looks like a highly ambitious novel about a genderqueer teen called Quinn who exists as three different people in three different dimensions. In this dark exploration of gender, the Quinns are caught up in three different stories of survival. The teens start to realise that they might in fact be a single, singular “they,” alternating among worlds—and that accepting themself might be the key to defeating the monsters that plague them in all three.
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Sparks by Kit Mallory
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“It’s 2034 and the United Kingdom is no more. Now there is only North and South, and the vast concrete Wall that separates the two.”
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Okay, I may have already read this one. But I’m looking forward to reading the final version when it releases! It’s a stellar dystopian story, with incredibly portrayed characters that I couldn’t help but fall in love with. Highly impressed by the portrayal of mental illness and the themes present in Sparks, and I’m so glad to see queer protagonists being unapologetic and kick-ass heroes. Loved it.
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Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald

“After Emanuela Ragno kills the one person in Occhia who can create water, she must find a way to save her city from dying of thirst.”

In the author’s own words, she wrote a weird fantasy book about a tiny chaos lesbian who’s going to save her world — or burn it all down trying. And that is the energy I’m here for. The premise sounds different and compelling, and I 100% support a protagonist who rebels against her destiny to create a new one.
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