I’ve updated the big list of Asian Speculative Fiction Authors! Are you on it?

What am I looking for to include you on this list? You must be a published author, publicly marketing yourself as Asian, Asian-American, etc.

The point of the BIG LIST OF ASIAN SPECULATIVE AUTHORS is to promote the reading of authors who don’t always get included in recommendation lists because of subtle or overt racial bias on the part of the people creating those lists. We’ve all seen these big end of year or “best of” lists that are all white, all male, and so on. Sure, most of the time, that bias isn’t intentional. But it’s there, and it sucks.

Authors who don’t appear to be visibly non-white, authors with Anglicized names, authors who don’t allow themselves to be described as non-white, who don’t include that information in their bios – I’m included in that list – we have a certain amount of advantage with readers who prefer to stick with “traditional” (aka, white, American) authors, thinking that we’ll write a certain kind of story they’re familiar with. Sad but true fact: our ability to at least pass as white benefits us with some readers. It’s my hope that by collecting a list like this,  anyone who’s open to reading more broadly, reading outside of their experience, will be able to easily find new authors and new stories to try out.

There’s a fear some readers have that the authors on this list – non-US or non-white authors in general – create work that is “ethnic” or strange. That they won’t understand it because it’s about people and places they don’t know. That hasn’t been my experience. Not only will you find that there are hundreds of fabulous writers, and stories, on this list, but a great many of them are American, Canadian, or British authors… authors whose work is colored not only by their lives as Asians, but as Americans (for example). They write in, and are influenced by, the traditions of science fiction and fantasy that readers of my blog are most familiar with.

There are also authors whose work focuses much more deeply on their homelands, and their experiences as non-white people. There are stories with characters, plots, settings, and even story formats you may not know. Read those! I firmly believe that the more we read, not only are we better writers and readers, because we’ve expanded what we know, but we’re better people, too. The more widely we read, the more we expand ourselves.

I’ve added recent suggestions from the comments/email/Twitter. All authors mentioned prior to 3/17/2016 are now included. If you’re not on this list but should be, or if you’re on it but want me to link to a more recent story or current website, comment below. Really, I want to update this list with accurate information and a link to your favorite work, but you need to give it to me. (Please note that in some cases, I’ve spoken to an author that someone else suggested, and they’ve told me they don’t feel they qualify for this list. If you think I’m missing an obvious choice, check with that author first, and then let me know!)

UPDATED List: 150+ Asian Speculative Fiction Authors (with links)

Updated to add suggestions from the comments/email/Twitter. All authors mentioned prior to 7/9/2017 are now included. If you’re not on this list but should be, or you’re on it but want me to link to a more recent story or current website, please comment below.

I’ve been wanting to expand my reading to include more international speculative fiction, and more non-white American authors. I am privileged to know a couple of brilliant writers who also happen to be Asian, and that seemed a good place to start my reading*. I put together a list of work I’d been meaning to explore, and then solicited ideas from Twitter and the SFWA forums. Most people suggested the same couple of names over and over again… while it’s, honestly, wonderful that we’ve reached a point in SF/F where these authors are being read and discussed at all, there’s so much more diversity in our fiction, if we just look for it. There’s almostover a hundred and fifty published writers on this list, and I know it isn’t everyone.

The authors are listed alphabetically by given name, so the list doesn’t imply hierarchy. I also didn’t sort by ancestry, current geographic location, or place of birth (though I noted it where it’s listed in author bios**), because the writers listed here have placed varying degrees of importance on those facts. Some work in American tropes, subverting the “classic” science fiction of the 50s, while others retell the myths of their homeland in new and unique ways. Some look to the future, extrapolating possibilities from their own experiences. There’s no one style, structure, or emotional context that can be called “Asian writing”. What these authors have in common is that they’re all of Asian descent, and they all write speculative fiction***. These authors write primarily in English—I’ve included a few translated works, but I can’t vouch for the authenticity of voice, so I tried to choose English-language stories wherever possible.

I want to thank Clarkesworld, Apex Magazine, Crossed Genres Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, Strange Horizons, Giganotosaurus, The World SF Blog, and Daily Science Fiction for repeatedly publishing these authors. Looking for diversity in short speculative fiction? Look to those publications. (Or my own, Lakeside Circus.) When I could find it, I’ve linked to the author’s Twitter, website, blog, list of publications, and/or a sample short story. I’ve also noted if the author works primarily in YA or MG fiction.

  1. Aditya Bidikar (Indian, shorts) story: “You Cannot Fight the WarWorld SF blog
  2. Alec Austin (Chinese-American, shorts) twitter website story: “Brief Interviews with TherianthropesDaily Science Fiction
  3. Alice Sola Kim (shorts) website publications story: “Hwang’s Brilliant DaughtersLightspeed
  4. Alliete de Bodard (French/Vietnamese, shorts stories/novels, Nebula and BFSA winner) twitter website publications story: “The Weight of a Blessing” Clarkesworld
  5. Alexander Osias (Filipino, shorts) G+ twitter
  6. Apol Lejano-Massebieau (Filipino, shorts) story: “The Sewing Project” Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2009
  7. Amish Tripathi (Indian, novels) twitter
  8. Amitav Ghosh (Indian, novels, Arthur C. Clark award, Man Booker shortlist) website publications blog
  9. Andrea G. Stewart (Chinese-American, shorts/novels) website Twitter
  10. Andrew Drilon (Filipino, shorts/comics/editing) blog
  11. Andrew Fukuda (Chinese/Japanese, novels) (YA) twitter website blog
  12. Andrew Vu website twitter facebook
  13. Anil Menon (Indian, shorts/novels/editing) website blog story: “ArchipelagoStrange Horizons
  14. Ashok Banker (Indian, novels) wikipedia
  15. Benjanun “Bee” Sriduangkaew (shorts) twitter blog story: “AnnexClarkesworld
  16. Berit Ellingsen (shorts, novel) website
  17. Brenda “B.W.” Clough (shorts/novels, Hugo and Nebula nominee) website publications
  18. Bryan Thao Worra (Laotian-American, shorts/poems) twitter blog poem: “No Such PhiLakeside Circus
  19. Budjette Tan (Filipino, comics/shorts, Philippine National Book Award winner) twitter blog story: “The Last Full ShowAlternative Alamat
  20. Camsy Ocumen (Filipino, shorts) story: “The Day the World Lost Its Gravity” Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2009
  21. Cassandra Khaw website
  22. Cecelia Manguerra Brainard (Filipino-American, novels/shorts/editing) website wiki
  23. Cecilia Tan (novelist, editing, shorts ) twitter website publications free fiction (sample chapters/serials)
  24. Celestine Trinidad (Filipino, shorts) story: “Under a Mound of Earth, part 1Philippine Genre Stories
  25. Charles Tan (Filipino, shorts/editing) twitter blog publications story: “The Fortunes of Mrs. Yu” The Dragon and the Stars”
  26. Charles Yu (shorts/novels, John W. Campbell nominee) twitter
  27. Chitra Divakaruni (Indian-American, shorts/novels/poems, Pushcart prize) website blog
  28. Cindy Pon (Taiwanese, novels) (YA) twitter website blog sample: first 70 pages of Silver Phoenix
  29. Claire Light (Chinese, shorts) website blog publications story: “The Apocalypse ArtistStretcher
  30. Crystal Koo (shorts, lectures) website twitter publications story: “HeartlandAbyss & Apex
  31. Dean Francis Alfar (Filipino, shorts/novels/plays/editing) twitter wiki story: “The New Daughter” Philippine Genre Stories”
  32. Derwin Mak (Chinese-Canadian, shorts/novels/editing Aurora award) twitter website publications blog novella: “Kleinheimat
  33. Dinesh Rao (Indian, shorts) blog story: “The Portal PlagueThe World SF Blog
  34. Don Pizarro (Filipino-American, shorts/editing) twitter website publications story: “Life After Wartime” Lakeside Circus
  35. Dwight Okita (novels) website
  36. Dung Kai-Cheung (Chinese, novels/plays) bio Continue reading