8 Remarkable Non-Bi SFF Books You Need To Check Out

Tor Books, publisher of Neon Yang’s Genesis Misery book

Neon Yang’s first novel is an immersive and space-immersive fantasy novel The genesis of misery Filled with high-tech space battles and political intrigue, starring a diverse and diverse cast of pilots, princesses, and prophetic heirs. On sale from Tor Books on September 27, 2022!

Non-binary SFF books are hard to come by. As a non-binary person who reads a lot of science fiction and fantasy books for a living, there aren’t many people like me in these genres. If there are, they will only be discarded in the background as supporting characters. Even worse, these species are also dominated by white male authors.

Non-binary personalities are few and far between, perhaps due to the complexity of this gender identity. On my curious journey, I’ve learned that being non-binary means different things to every non-binary person. For me, I feel different every day. Sometimes, I feel like a man. Some days, I feel like a woman. Most of the time, I feel like I’m something in between. How I feel inside is changing every day, and I don’t want to get caught up in stickers.

So as you can see, these gender identities – given that non-binary is an umbrella term – are not well defined, unlike binary identities across the gender spectrum. And so it’s hard to find works that accurately and prominently feature non-binary people, let alone science fiction and fantasy genres. Fortunately, there has been some progress, albeit slow.

Here are eight excellent SFF books that feature non-binary characters. In them, you will discover that non-binary personalities are diverse. You’ll find them in a vampire world, in space, in a war-torn world, in Chinese fantasy, in a mythical place, and in a kingdom.

Cover of the bruising of Qilwa by Naseem Jumniyeh

alkalosis bruising by Naseem Jamnia

Firouz Jafari is a non-binary resort to the city of Qolwa Free Democracy. There, they take a job as a therapist assistant for Kofi Nadifa. However, their past still haunts them. As a Sassanian, their blood is considered cursed – it is blamed for the plague that is now infecting a castle. With the plague re-emerging and there is an incident in which they fail to heal their friend with their blood, the citizens of their nap are blamed.

This novel is timely and relevant because it is related to the epidemic and social upheaval in the Middle East, where it is based.

Cover She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker Chan

She became the sun by Shelley Parker Chan

Set in China in the year 1345, the book follows a boy named Zhu Chongba, destined for greatness, and his unnamed sister, who lives in her brother’s shadow. However, a bandit suddenly attacks the siblings. Zhu Chongba is dead, but his sister is alive. To continue his brother’s legacy, the sister assumes his identity: she becomes the new Zhu Chongba.

She became the sun It is Parker Chan’s debut. You have reached the finals of the Lambda Literary Prize.

Cover of The Unbalancing by RB Lemberg

imbalance By RB Lemberg (Sep 30)

This is part of the author’s Birdverse stories that follow the non-binary characters Erígra Lilún and Ranra Kekeri.

The book is difficult to read because it is quite dense, but the premise is that both characters are trying to save their city from a star, which also needs some savings. The book also explores non-binary gender identities, which makes it well worth a read.

Cover of Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore

Lakelor by Anna Marie McLemore

MacLemore’s novel is about non-intersex teens. Follow Mexican-American Bastian Silvano and Laure Garcia as they discover a magical world under a lake. The lake is said to be half air and half water, and they were there themselves.

Unfortunately, this secret world runs over the surface, and it is up to the two friends to keep it a secret. The problem is that Bastien and Laure are separated.

Cover Through Starlight Field by Blue Delliquanti

Through the field of starlight by Blue Delliquanti

This YA graphic novel features two non-binary teens living in different solar systems. Set in a space war, he finds Le Vasne while the last spaceship is under attack. Lu fixes the spaceship and leaves a channel of communication open for them to communicate with.

They both go their separate ways for a long time. After which, Fassen escapes from their home planet, heading straight to Lu’s. But their reunion was bittersweet.

This is a story of a strong friendship between two non-binary people.

Silver cover Under the Sunset by Rin Chubiko

silver under the night By Rin Chubiko (September 13)

I thought I was sick of vampire metaphors, but this made me fall in love with them all over again. Remy – who may not be binary – is a vampire hunter who feels ostracized by the Reapers, which he is a part of. In exchange for information on his vampire hunt, he sleeps with a noblewoman, the estranged wife of the Reaper leader.

Meanwhile, Zidane and Xiaodan, a vampire couple, travel to the Kingdom of Aluria to form a treaty. As mysterious attacks befall Aluria, nobles recruit Remy’s vampire-hunting skills to confront them. This begins a polygamous relationship between the three. It’s steamy!

Cover of The Empress of Salt and Wealth by Nghi Vo

Empress of Salt and Wealth by Nghi Vo

Foo first revolves around the non-binary clergyman Cheh. Chih sets off to a deserted kingdom where they meet Rabbit, a servant. This rabbit tells them stories about Empress In Yu, the exiled noblewoman.

The book is full of political intrigue. It has a complex plot so it might be hard to read at first, but it pays off.

Sistersong cover by Lucy Holland

Sister Song by Lucy Holland

The book follows siblings Reva, Sein, and Kane (a non-binary person) from the Kingdom of Dominion. All three possess magical powers, but each has their own problems. For Keyne, their gender identity is not accepted in their kingdom, especially by their parents.

When a mysterious, handsome soldier named Tristan arrives in Dominonia, it puts them all in danger.

Sister Song Filled with intrigue and betrayal, siblings fight each other. Those who read circe And the Achilles song He will love this.

It’s great to see that non-binary characters are finding more representation in SFF genres lately, and are taking center stage.

Want more books by non-binary people? Here are 8 amazing books by non-binary authors and 8 beautiful memoirs written by non-binary authors.

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