Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Outstanding SF/F by People of Color 2020

In the spirit of Lightspeed Magazine's famous People of Color Destroy Science Fiction series, here are 56 stories by 43 people of color that had scores of 3 or higher from RSR's 2020 Best SF/F list. That list contains the 256 most-recommended stories out of 600+ covered, so the 56 stories by people of color make up around 22% of the best of 2020.

Some stories not reviewed by RSR are in the Best SF/F list because they were award finalists πŸ†, included in year's best anthologies πŸ“™, or recommended by other prolific reviewers πŸ‘ (see Q&A for SF/F awards, year's best anthologies, and prolific reviewers followed).

Readers asked us to make it easy for them to find good stories written by authors with diverse racial backgrounds, and that’s what this list is meant to accomplish (author identity plays no role in our ratings). This is the fifth year we've done this list (2019, 2018, 2017, 2015-2016).

Please leave a comment if you see a story by a person of color in our 2020 Best SF/F list that isn't included here, or if a story here isn't by a person of color. We browsed author bios on the web to identify people of color but with hundreds of authors to look up, it's easy to make mistakes. Thank you.

Click the links to highlight the stories discussed.
  • 40 are free online (highlighted in default view), 18 have podcasts.
  • Among πŸ“špublications, Clarkesworld, Tor Novellas and have the most here with 6, 5, and 4 stories each, respectively (27% total).
  • Among ️️stories by ✍new writers who qualify for the Astounding Award, there were 8 total, 7 that are Year 1 eligible and 1 that is Year 2 eligible.
  • Among ️️✒️authors, Aliette de Bodard and Ken Liu have the most stories here with 5 and 3, respectively.

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