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...since it just came up again...

Here's a nonexhaustive list of authors of speculative fiction writing in or translated into English who are not of European descent.

Nationality is not considered. Many of the writers in question have non-speculative work as well, and in some cases the majority of their work may be non-spec. Magic Realism is considered as a genre unto itself, currently.

The original post where this list was compiled is over a year and a half old. It's here (http://matociquala.livejournal.com/1181728.html), and additions and emendations are encouraged.

(For all your Carl Brandon Society Awards-nominating needs. And also for the recommended reading of anybody who thinks the work of SFF writers of color began and ended with Octavia Butler and Samuel R. Delany.)

Behind the cut, out of pity for your scroll bar....

Kobo Abe
Ray Anthony
James Stevens-Arce
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Steven Barnes
Marlorie Blackmand (Noughts and Crosses)
K. Tempest Bradford
Tobias Buckell
Levar Burton
Brenda Clough
Ted Chiang
M. Lucie Chin
Wu Dingbo
Tananarive Due
David Anthony Durham
Greg Van Eekhout
Louise Erdrich
Stella Evans
Minister Faust
Heinz Insu Fenkl
Eugie Foster
Amitav Ghosh
Owl Goingback
Hiromi Goto
Angélica Gorodischer (Kalpa Imperial, translation by Ursula K. Le Guin.)
Virginia Hamilton
Karen Harbaugh
Ernest Hogan
Nalo Hopkinson
Kazuo Ishiguro
Nora Jemisin
Ruchir Joshi (The Last Jet Engine Laugh)
Jackie Kay (Scottish-Nigerian fantasy, Strawgirl)
Yoji Kendo/Eric Kotani
Maxine Hong Kingston
Hari Kunzru
Larissa Lai (When Fox is a Thousand)
Yoon Ha Lee
Mary Soon Lee
Karin Lowachee
Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
Yukio Mishima
Mary Anne Mohanraj
Toni Morrison
Walter Mosley
Haruki Murakami
E.C. Myers
Linda Nagata
Suniti Namjoshi
Gloria Naylor
Misha Nogha
Nnedi Okorafor
Helen Oyeyemi
Ruth Ozek
Fiona Patton
Tony Pi
Chelsea Polk
Ishmael Reed
Michelle Sagara/Michelle Sagara West
William Sanders
Charles Saunders
Nisi Shawl
Leslie Marmon Silko
Vandana Singh
S. P. Somtow
Cecelia Tan
Sheree Thomas
Wrath James White
Colson Whitehead
Frank Wu
Tetsu Yano
Erzebet Yellowboy
Lawrence Yep

Boy, it's kind of nice to see how many screens that fills up.

Now go buy some books.


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You know what I'd really like to see? A list of YA novels by non-Caucasian writers. The Ann Arbor Science Fiction Association (stilyagi.org, we're best known for putting on ConFusion) has been providing books to middle school libraries, and so far all of the schools we've done it for have been majority Black. I'd like to give the kids books by people who share that aspect of their experience, but as I don't personally read a lot of YA, I could use some help.

We recently supplied Braille books to a special needs teacher in Detroit, and learned in the course of that just how few SF books are actually available in Braille. But we usually send standard printed books, so the only problem is identifying what we want We've got a great general list, but it's awfully white.

Is there a YA list somewhere?
Why don't we put one together? This one was assembled by the ancient power of Ask Livejournal. I'm pretty sure that other commenters here will have suggestions.

A bunch of the authors listed above are YA writers, but I couldn't necessarily pick out which ones accurately. However, I'd love to see them promoted.
And L.A. Banks.
Stanley Péan too.
He wrote Zombie Blues, which was translated. I don,t think anyother of his works were...
Alaya Dawn Johnson.
Some more additions (mostly snurched from deadbrowalking):

Sesshu Foster (Atomik Aztek)
Bernardine Evaristo (Blonde Roots)
Jewell Parker Rhodes
Cathy Park Hong (Dance Dance Revolution -- dazzling poetry narrative set in a future quasi-Vegas)
That last sounds fascinating.
Jennifer de Guzman
You can add Euan Harvey to the list. He's had two stories published in Realms of Fantasy and has two more forthcoming from us. And I think Aliette de Bodard is half-Vietnamese (will be published in ROF and has published elsewhere). That's all I can think of off the top of my head. Hope it helps.
I will say that the burgeoning interest in anime and manga has lead to a number of prose novels by Japanese authors being translated, especially when they inspired a comic, television or movie adaption. (For instance, I have translated copies of "Crest of the Stars" by Hiroyuki Morioka, and books from the "Slayers" series by Hajime Kanzaka, the "Twelve Kingdoms" series by Fuyumi Ono and the "Scrapped Princess" series by Ichiro Sakaki all because those novel series gained interest in the US first as television adaptations brought over from Japan.)
Andrea Hairston? Her novel Mindscape is wonderful.
W.E.B. DuBois wrote some short stories that count as SF.

Where does John Barnes fit (he doesn't look pink-skinned to me?).
Steven Barnes is African-American. I honestly have no idea how John identifies. (I can assure you that he is an erudite-American, and quite a fine raconteur, which ought to be an ethnicity--as "geek" ought to be a sex.)
Not sure about Linda Nagata--her picture doesn't reflect it, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. I think Nagata's her husband's name. Could be mistaken.
I do not know her to ask, unfortunately. (My initial list was mostly people I know personally, so I had some idea how they identify. However, the current list has growwwwn.)
Thank you!
It is plausible that Dr. Wu manipulated his own genome to qualify for this list...
From my own list of speculative fiction writers of colour, some names of people I have read/heard about but not yet read anything by:

Chris Baker (Kokopu Dreams)

Gregory Bernard Banks (several collections of short stories)

Priya Sarukkai Chabria (Generation 14)

Daniel Heath Justice (Kynship, Wyrwood, Dreyd))

Ulises Silva (Solstice)

Zainab Amadahy (The Moons of Palmares)
Many thanks.
Maurice Broaddus, fantasy-horror writer.
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