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From Afar: Black authors writing science fiction and fantasy

Cover Courtesy of Deborah A. Bailey "Hathor Legacy: Burn," by Deborah A. Bailey.

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By Veronica Scott

Special to the Daily


In view of the events taking place all around our country and the world right now, I thought I should devote this month’s column to recommending science-fiction and fantasy books written by black authors. This is an expansion of a short post that first appeared on the SFF7 blog sffseven.blogspot.com. I’m one of the owners of the blog.

A source I turn to often is the Women of Color in Romance webpage at wocinromance.com. They update periodically and have the books slotted into genres and tropes for easy searching. I’ve discovered many new-to-me authors on their various lists.

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Here are some black authors and book recommendations from me:

May Sage

May Sage writes all manner of stories, but her fantasy romances have a huge following. Her Court of Sin series — which begins with “Frostbound Throne: Song of Night” — is a good entry point to her work. Here is a bit of the blurb: “Vale was born in battle 700 years ago, and in all this time, he’s never encountered an enemy that poses a real challenge. Until now.  Devi has been told terrifying tales of vengeful gods since her youth. She never thought that she would wake up in a world where she had to fight them.”

A.M. Griffin

Another favorite of mine is A.M. Griffin with her The Hunt series. Book one is “The Game Warden’s Mate.”

From the book’s blurb: “The Hunter. As the new Game Warden, Xrez Ym’ihla brings patrons from across the galaxy to track prey in a game built to enslave the weak and mate the strong. The business is a long running family legacy and Xrez is determined to succeed as his father had before him. He hadn’t meant to let one human occupy his thoughts, mind and body. His lies may come back to haunt him, but if he reveals the truth, he’ll ruin his chance to capture the heart of the one he wants. The Prey. Esme Valdez had her entire life planned from an early age. As a chemist, her life was average and mundane, just the way she liked it. Until the impossible happened. … “

Deborah A. Bailey

I first discovered Deborah A. Bailey when she released book one in her Hathor Legacy trilogy, which was “Burn” — I loved her “Once Upon a Princess: Beauty and the Faun” fairytale. Here’s the log line for “Burn:” “On the planet Hathor: A powerful corporation, a psychic security force and a conspiracy.”

P.J. Dean

I’ve mentioned P.J. Dean before because I so enjoyed her sci-fi romance series The Felig Chronicles, and she writes in other genres, as well. Here’s the top line of the blurb: “Time: Post-apocalyptic America in the near future. Faustina Cain (Tina) and Nate Lowe each have their own reasons for fighting against a group of aliens, the life-force draining Felig, who have invaded Earth. …”

Seressia Glass

Cover Courtesy of Seressia Glass
“Shadow Blade,” by Seressia Glass.

Seressia Glass’ Shadowchasers Series is full of excellent adventure and romance. The first book is “Shadow Blade” and here’s a portion of the blurb: “Kira’s day job is as an antiquities expert, but her true calling is as a Shadowchaser. Trained from youth to be one of the most lethal Chasers in existence, Kira serves the Gilead Commission, dispatching the Fallen who sow discord and chaos. …” She’s up against a 4,000-year-old Nubian warrior.

To be continued

USA Today bestselling author Veronica Scott is a seven-time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Scott is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances. For more information, visit her blog at veronicascott.wordpress.com or find her on social media such as Twitter, @vscottheauthor, or Facebook, @VeronicaScottAuthor.