Spec Fic by Subgenre

Books are listed by series name where applicable.

* denotes an upcoming title

Alternate History/Universe

YA

Adult

Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic

YA

Adult

Cli-Fi

Contemporary Fantasy

YA

Female Protags

Male Protags

Mixed-Gender Group Cast

  • Infinity Son by Adam Silvera – G, B
  • We All Fall Down by Rose Szabo

NA/Adult

Cozy Fantasy

Cozy Sci-Fi

Cyberpunk

Dieselpunk

Dystopian

YA

Adult

Epic/High Fantasy

YA

Female Protags

Male Protags

Non-Binary Protags

Adult

Female Protags

Male Protags

Genderqueer Protags

Ghost Stories

YA

Adult

  • The Blade Between by Sam J. Miller (Bks)

Gothic

  • *Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco
  • Dominion of the Fallen by Aliette de Bodard
  • A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson
  • Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo (Southern)
  • The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros
  • Down Comes the Night by Alison Saft (YA Fantasy)
  • Catfish Lullaby by AC Wise (Southern, Horror)

Historical Fantasy

YA

Female Protags

Male Protags

Adult

Female Protags

Male Protags

Non-Binary Protags

Hopepunk

  • Monk & Robot by Becky Chambers (Amz)
  • The Home I Find With You by Skye Kilaen
  • Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver
  • Foxhunt by Rem Wigmore

Horror

YA

Adult

Magical Realism/Fabulism

Military Fantasy

  • The Unbroken by C.L. Clark

Military Sci-Fi

Paranormal (Non-Romance)

YA

Paranormal Romance

F/F

M/M

M/F

  • Witch Please by Ann Aguirre
  • Boss Witch by Ann Aguirre

F/NB

Political SFF

Portal Fantasy

Retellings

YA

  • “A Drop of Stolen Ink” by Emily Lloyd-Jones and “The Murders in the Rue Apartelle, Boracay” by Rin Chupeco in His Hideous Heart ed. by Dahlia Adler (“The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, “The Purloined Letter”)
  • “Some Other Metal” by A.R. Capetta and Cory McCarthy (“Much Ado About Nothing”), “King of the Fairies” by Anna-Marie McLemore (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”), Mark Oshiro (“Twelfth Night”), and “Dreaming of the Dark” by Lindsay Smith (“Julius Caesar”) in That Way Madness Lies ed. by Dahlia Adler
  • “Say My Name” by Dahlia Adler (“Rumpelstiltskin”), “Mother’s Mirror” by H.E. Edgmon (“Snow White”), Malinda Lo (“Frau Trude”), Alex London (“Cinderella”), Anna-Marie McLemore (“The Nutcracker”), Meredith Russo (“The Little Mermaid”) in At Midnight ed. by Dahlia Adler
  • Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust (Snow White)
  • Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block (The Odyssey) – B
  • *Not Good For Maidens by Tori Bovalino (“Goblin Market”)
  • Once & Future by A.R. Capetta and Cory McCarthy (King Arthur)
  • Darling by K. Ancrum (Peter Pan)
  • The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer (Hades/Persephone)
  • The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember (The Little Mermaid) – B
  • The Secrets of Eden by Brandon Goode (Cinderella)
  • Ash by Malinda Lo (Cinderella)
  • Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore (Snow White and Rose Red)
  • Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore (The Red Shoes)
  • Tell Me My Name by Amy Reed (The Great Gatsby)
  • Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim (The Count of Monte Cristo)
  • As I Descended by Robin Talley (Macbeth)
  • Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi (Atalanta)
  • *Lies We Sing to the Sea by Sarah Underwood (Homer)
  • Briar Girls by Rebecca Kim Wells (Snow White)

Adult

Science-Fantasy

YA

Adult

Sci-Fi Adventure/Thriller

YA

Adult

Solarpunk

  • Snowstorm and Overgrowth by Claudie Arseneault (Stories) – A
  • A Psalm for the WIld-Built by Becky Chambers
  • Foxhunt by Rem Wigmore – BT

Space Opera

YA

Adult

Steampunk

Female Protag

Male Protag

Supernatural Thriller

Time Travel

YA

Adult

Urban Fantasy

YA

Adult

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