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Books for Life is where I share bookish lists, recommendations, and favourites. You can also catch me talking about non-bookish things here, as well as my life outside of blogging. Today I’m talking about…

queer sci-fi books i love

Over the years I’ve had this blog, I’ve talked about queer books a lot. I’ve talked about queer retellings, under-rated faves (twice), ownvoices faves, and a bunch of other topics. So I thought I’d do a bunch of posts about my all time fave queer books, broken down into genres. Sound good? I think so *sunglasses emoji* So today I’m talking about my fave queer sci-fis and they are:



Lyra is an m/m retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and I loved it. I have loved every single thing Ive read of Erica’s but this remains one of my faves. The myth is one I have loved forever, and the way Erica wrote it in space and queer was just so beautiful??? There’s also Deaf/hard of hearing rep in this story, as well.



Yay for #AusQueerYA written by a queer author! We 100% absolutely need more of these, and I hope that Ida can help pave the way for more. Ida was super interesting and I loved all the characters, especially some of the side characters, which is great because no cardboard cutout sides in Ida. I’ve actually been thinking this would make a great movie, and I stand by that.

willful machines


When I picked up Willful Machines I knew I was going to like it but I ended up loving it. There’s questions about humanity and morality and love and also the cutest ship ever. The main character is the most awkward little turtle boy and I adored him endlessly. Be warned, though, you’ll probably want a sequel after you read this but no such luck as of yet.

sidekick squad


This series is just so wholesome and adorable. Sure, there are nefarious villains around but the relationships between the main characters are the cutest most supportive and adorable ones I have possibly ever come across. And this series would have to be up there as one of the most diverse, as well. I honestly can’t wait until the third book!

they both die at the end


This book was damn good. Considering the fact that the two narrators meet and form a friendship over the course of one day and that I was so invested is a testament to Silvera’s writing. I honestly don’t know why I haven’t picked up his debut yet, considering I love this and History so much. I guess I don’t want my heart broken for a third time? But honestly, this book is beautiful and brutal in equal measure, and leaves you thankful for the days you’ve got.



Scardust is actually new adult but since new adult novels are so often left to float in the abyss between YA and adult fiction, I wanted to include it on this list. Also because I loved it and it’s queer and sci-fi. There’s not too much I can say about this book without completely ruining it but I’ll tell you that it’s immersive, is bigger and better than it seems, it has a great ship, an adorable love interest, and a focus on family. I mean, if I hadn’t read it that sentence would make me want to so you definitely should.


What are some of your fave queer sci-fi books? Let me know below!


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Posted on: July 17, 2018 • By: Chiara

8 Responses to My Fave Queer Sci-Fi Books

  1. Annemieke says:

    Yes to the Sidekick Squad. The characters are so great!

  2. I STILL need to read They Both Die at the End, but I will – soon! Loved Adam’s first two books and you definitely need to read More Happy Than Not. I really loved it! I also need to read Willful Machines – I’m pretty sure I own the author’s second book…
    I’m super curious about Scardust now. I like the age level of NA.


    • Chiara says:

      You do! And I do, haha. We should both make it a goal for the end of the year :) I haven’t read the author’s second book but if it’s anything like Willful Machines I know I want to read it!
      I really like the age level of NA, as well, and I wish it hadn’t tanked as a traditionally published age range :( I guess we just have to do a little more digging! I hope you look into Scardust, I really liked it :D

  3. YAY this is such a fabulous list of well known and hidden gems Chiara! I loved Not your sidekick, TBDATE and Ida of course. I loved a Long Way to a Long and Angry Planet as a queer and diverse sci-fi!

  4. Kelly says:

    Gosh how I love Adam Silvera. His characters are all so beautifully written and they feel incredibly genuine. I can’t wait to dive into his new one! I bought Not Your Sidekick recently as well, just on the amount of love the book has received throughout the community and hope to be able to pick it up soon. One of my favourites that I would call science fiction realism and that we both share a love for, Because You’ll Never Meet Me and Nowhere Near You. It really seems to be one of those books that divides readers, I adored it. So wonderfully diverse and unique.

    Willful Machines sounds fabulous, I’ve been waiting for almost six years for a few sequels to be released sadly, so hopefully the author announces a sequel soon! Brilliant post darling, will be checking the rest out shortly ♡♡♡

    • Chiara says:

      His books are so special, and I’m super excited for his newest book! I really need to go back and read his debut, as well. I hope you like Not Your Sidekick, Kell! <3 I'm actually including Because You'll Never Meet Me in an genre-bender post! Because I feel like they don't quite fit sci-fi :D

      Willful Machines works as a standalone! It's just that I would have loved a sequel :) I hope you find some new faves, Kell! <3

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