Penguin Random House Library Marketing is proud to present a list of Black authors writing in sci-fi and fantasy. For Black History Month and beyond, we aim to #AmplifyBlackStories by increasing visibility for Black authors of excellency in all genres. View our featured titles of newly published and recent backlist sci-fi and fantasy books by Black authors below, and check out the complete collection on Edelweiss.


Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

In the stunning first novel in Marlon James’s Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child.

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 The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

A young woman living in a rigid, puritanical society discovers dark powers within herself in this stunning, feminist fantasy debut.

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The Changeling by Victor Lavalle

One man’s thrilling journey through an enchanted world to find his wife, who has disappeared after seemingly committing an unforgiveable act of violence, from the award-winning author of the The Devil in Silver and Big Machine.

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Minecraft: The Crash by Tracey Baptiste

This official Minecraft novel is an action-packed thriller! When a new virtual-reality version of the game brings her dreams—and doubts—to life, one player must face her fears.

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The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

The most anticipated fantasy of 2021. In this world, girls are outcasts by blood and warriors by choice. Get ready for battle.

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Octavia E. Butler: Kindred, Fledgling, Collected Stories by Octavia Butler; Edited By Gerry Canavan And Nisi Shawl

The definitive edition of the complete works of the “grand dame” of American science fiction begins with this volume gathering two novels and her collected stories.

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#AmplifyBlackStories in: Sci-Fi and Fantasy

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