Spotlight on the Creators of The Geekiary: SFF Queer Book Database
Even before mainstream publishing started accepting more books from LGBTQ + authors, independent houses and small news houses were publishing queer books. Still, it can be difficult to find all queer books, especially Queer SFF (science fiction and fantasy), as most of them tend to slip under the radar over time. The Queer SFF Books Database provides an accessible resource to search for a variety of Queer SFF books.
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The queer science fiction and fantasy books database, created by Sarah Waites, serves as a repository for independent and traditionally published SFF queer books. Books with queer protagonists are added to the database. Each entry includes the work’s synopsis, queer portrayal, content disclaimers, and links to reviews from queer and underrepresented readers. The database reflects the growing amount of titles about and by queer people over the past few years, but underrated books are appearing there (not just independent ones). You might discover a book published years ago by browsing the site.
The site also offers accessibility. You can search alphabetically or by tags (see image below). The “How to Use Search” page explains in more detail how to make your experience more convenient. The “Definition of Selected Terms” section on the home page clarifies sexual and gender identities such as demisexual and queer platonic. Sarah’s inclusive platform allows visitors to browse the archives with her available aids.
Currently, the site admin is looking for books with intersectional identities / experiences, aro / ace and agenre representation, disabled characters, non-binary protagonists, etc.
If you know of a Queer SFF book that has not yet been added to the database, please submit your suggestion here.
If you are a Queer reviewer and would like to submit your reviews, please contact the administrator through this form.
You can support the platform on their Bookstore page.
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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