An International Speculative Fiction Reading List

by  WLT

Three covers from the WLT Speculative Lit Reading List


Michael Andreasen

The Sea Beast Takes a Lover 

Penguin, 2018





Yoshio Aramaki

The Sacred Era

Trans. Baryon Tensor Posadas

University of Minnesota Press, 2017





Lesley Nneka Arimah

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

Riverhead Books, 2017





Kawamata Chiaki

Death Sentences

Trans. Thomas Lamarre & Kazuko Y. Behrens

University of Minnesota Press, 2012




Berit Ellingsen

Vessel and Solsvart 

Snuggly Books, 2017





John M. Keller

The Box and the Briefcase, the Moleque and the Old Man and the First Coming of the Second Son of God 

Dr. Cicero Books, 2014





Leena Krohn

Leena Krohn: Collected Fiction

Cheeky Frawg, 2015





Ursula K. Le Guin

The Left Hand of Darkness

Intro. by China Miéville

Orion Books, 2017



Liu Cixin

The Three-Body Problem

Trans. Ken Liu

Tor Books, 2016



Ken Liu

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories

Saga Press, 2016




Carmen Maria Machado

Her Body and Other Parties

Graywolf Press, 2017




Nnedi Okorafor

Who Fears Death 

DAW Books, 2010





Helen Oyeyemi

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

Hamish Hamilton, 2016





Michelle Pretorius

The Monster’s Daughter

Melville House, 2016





Ahmed Saadawi

Frankenstein in Baghdad

Trans. Jonathan Wright

Penguin Books, 2018




Del Samatar & Sofia Samatar

Monster Portraits

Rose Metal Press, 2018




Johanna Sinisalo

The Core of the Sun

Trans. Lola Rogers

Black Cat, 2016 




Chandler Klang Smith

The Sky Is Yours

Hogarth, 2018





Anna Starobinets

An Awkward Age

Trans. Hugh Aplin

Hesperus Press, 2011




Drew Hayden Taylor

Take Us to Your Chief

Douglas & McIntyre, 2017





Karen Tidbeck


Vintage, 2017





Élisabeth Vonarburg

Blood out of a Stone

Trans. Élisabeth Vonarburg, Howard Scott, & Others

Intro. by Ursula K. Le Guin

Nanopress, 2009


Zoran Živković

Impossible Stories

Trans. Alice Copple-Tošić

Cadmus Press, 2016






Iraq + 100: Stories from a Century after the Invasion

Ed. Hassan Blasim

Comma Press, 2016





Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History

Ed. Rose Fox & Daniel José Older

Crosssed Genres Publications, 2014 





Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers

Ed. Casey Plett & Cat Fitzpatrick

Topside Press, 2017 




Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology

Ed. Ann Vandemeer & Jeff Vandemeer

PM Press, 2015 





Latin@ Rising: An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy

Ed. Matthew David Goodwin

Wings Press, 2017





Red Star Tales: A Century of Russian and Soviet Science Fiction

Ed. Yvonne Howell, Anne O. Fisher

Trans. Anne O. Fisher

Russian Life Books, 2015 




The Reincarnated Giant: An Anthology of Twenty-First-Century Chinese Science Fiction

Ed. Mingwei Song & Theodore Huters

Columbia University Press, (forthcoming)