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lillibet wrote
on March 20th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Zoo City and Moxyland by Lauren Beukes.
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

A special shout-out for Jo Graham's Numinous World trilogy: Black Ships, Stealing Fire and Hand of Isis, which include not only non-male, non-white, non-het characters, but a whole exploration of gender and identity over the course of their saga and even has at least one poly relationship. She's now in the midst of a Napoleonic Era trilogy, which takes her into pretty white territory, but is still very much exploring sexuality, gender and the essentials of identity.

And Le Guin is still at it! Her recent YA trilogy, The Annals of the Western Shore not only features non-white characters, but puts their faces on the covers!

I'm working my way through The Mongoliad by everyone. There are lots and lots of non-white characters and several central female characters in that.

Melissa Scott's dependable for characters outside the 7P box. Her Astreiant books (written with Lisa Barnett) are set in a world where much of the power resides in the hands of women in a way that is nicely startling.

Stephenson's Reamde has an African-American woman as one of its protagonists and several other non-white characters. Although I have some issues with his portrayal of women and the signifiers he's developed for "this is a woman," he's really put work into his depiction of women and I give him kudos for not just trying, but trying repeatedly and taking criticism and getting better at it.

Moving out of genre, at least somewhat, I'll mention Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. There's also Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books, which have race, gender, sexuality and mental health issues woven all through them.

I'm looking forward to lots of new recommendations!

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