Queer SFF Spotlight: 4 books with autistic protagonists

Queer SFF Spotlight: 4 books with autistic protagonists

In celebration of Autistic Pride Day (18 June), this month’s Queer SFF Spotlight features four brilliant science fiction and fantasy books with autistic protagonists.

Let’s jump right into it!

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Reading for writing craft

Reading for writing craft: Turn reading from a writing fuel into a writing tool

Reading is the bedrock of writing. If you’re looking to improve your writing craft, one of the best ways to do so—outside of actually writing—is to read. Read widely, read deeply, steep yourself in words.

But that’s not the whole story.

Writing is like magic, in more ways than one. If you want to be a stage magician, you can’t just watch loads of polished performances and expect to be able to emulate them. You have to look behind the curtain to see how the tricks are done. Then you have to practice. A lot. Until that sleight of hand becomes invisible to the audience and the magic happens.

In the same way, reading doesn’t automatically equip you with the skills that you need to write effectively and make the magic happen. But if you can peek behind the curtain with an analytical eye, you’ll transform reading from a writing fuel into a writing tool. You’ll be able to use it to guide your writing practice and hone your craft.

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Queer SFF Spotlight: 4 books with agender protagonists (human ones!)

Queer SFF Spotlight: 4 books with agender protagonists

In celebration of Agender Pride Day (19 May), I would like to spotlight four brilliant SFF novels and novellas with agender protagonists. (Not sure what agender means?)

A large proportion of agender characters in science fiction and fantasy are robots/AIs, aliens or supernatural beings, which—brilliant though many of them are—I wouldn’t exactly call representation. And out of all the SFF books I’ve read with non-binary characters, I couldn’t think of any that specified that those characters were agender. So I set out to find some agender humans in SFF, and I set myself the challenge of finding books where they take centre stage as the protagonists.

It took a little bit of digging (and one case of complete serendipity), but it was so worth it. The four books below are absolute gems that I would highly recommend to all fans of queer SFF, whether you’re actively seeking out agender rep or not. And, as a bonus, all four of them happen to be uplifting, feel-good stories that I’m sure we can all appreciate right now. So, without further ado, here they are!

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