Short queer SFF fiction to read!
After reading a lot of Queer SFF fiction shorts over the past few years, I decided to take the opportunity to recommend some. Here you’ll find speculative fictions written by queer authors.
The mentions / recommendations below are not sponsored. All opinions are mine.
I’m happy and thrilled to finally share several of the well-written and awesome Queer SFF Fictional Shorts (flash fiction, short stories and novels). These amazing stories, written recently or in recent years, come from various experiences and stories.
Jen, a shapeshifter, consumes the thoughts and flesh of people she dates. When she meets Seo-Yun, another shapeshifter, Jen learns to channel her hunger through desire. A memorable story about identity and sense of self.
Benita finally decides to visit the Witch’s Bog after crossing it so many times before. There she meets Fawn and enjoys coffee and bourbon with her. AZ’s lyrical prose emphasizes the warm atmosphere of the setting.
Nina suffers the trauma of the invasion and destruction of her home. Nicole Bade’s prose shows emotion in no time.
A powerful story about recovering stories even when they have been erased from physical records (in this article, of Palestinians). It’s about how stories change over time depending on who controls the narrative.
News that questions whether consciousness can be replicated via AI after death. Does consciousness linger after its physical incarnation no longer functions? An inspiring story about grief and the desire to persuade a deceased loved one to return spiritually or emotionally.
Talia finds a sewing machine in the sea following a storm. Bewitching and atmospheric, the story navigates between loss and renewal.
I recommended Jen Brown’s Get up, blown open in my Queer Speculative Fiction magazine recs. His play for Breathe FIYAH (a flash fiction collaboration between FIYAH Black speculative fiction magazine and Tor.com) is equally breathtaking. A magnificent story involving family reunions and oral storytelling.
News that challenges traditions and the binary of genres. An Orthodox Jewish community lives on a sensitive planet that does not accept them. Due to the planet’s immune system, the planet does not recognize its new inhabitants as part of its natural environment. Chani, the manifestation of the spirit planet, identifies neither as male nor as female (although she uses her pronouns). If the settlers continue to reject Chani, the planet’s immune system will attack them.
Content Warning: Rape and Sexual Assault
Sylvia forces the centipedes out of her body whenever she is intimate or has sex with a partner. A powerful tale about consent and agency.
I’m a dinosaur fan, and this piece deliciously contains that and a love story that transcends time. Rapacious in her first life, the narrator (reincarnated as a human) tries to resuscitate her lover (yes, also a bird of prey).
2021 Hugo Award Best News Finalist.
A mermaid named Essarala makes a deal with the sea witch to travel to the stars. This beautiful and imaginative story compels me from start to finish every time I read it.
Do you know of any Queer SFF shorts that you would like to recommend? Please feel free to comment below. I love hearing from you!
If you want more short speculative fiction stories, check out my article on Queer SFF Magazines!
Author: Brahidaliz Martinez
Brahidaliz (pronounced Bra-da-leez) graduated in 2019 from the Masters program in Creative Writing at American University. They are Submission Editors for Uncanny Magazine. Their diverse areas of interest include intersectionality in apocalyptic and disaster films, artificial intelligence, writing for animation, YA SFF, and LGBTQ + portrayal in children’s media.
Pronouns: he / they
Location: DC Metropolitan Area
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