International Reading

I’m often asked, recently, what people should be reading that’s non-American or non-British in SFF. Broad topic! Here are some I’ve loved, though. Most of them are from Finland, but you could probably have guessed that already…



book cover for Troll: a Love Story by Johanna Sinisalo

Troll: a Love Story by Johanna Sinisalo

Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta

Rabbit Back Literature Society and Where the Trains Turn by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

Collected Fiction and the Quantum Thief trilogy by Hannu Rajaniemi

Birdbrain and Troll: a Love Story by Johanna Sinisalo

The Otherling and Other Stories by Anne Leinonen

the Moomin books by Tove Jansson


Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin

Selected Stories by Lu Hsun


Lex Talionis by RSA Garcia

Sister Mine and Falling in Love with Hominids by Nalo Hopkinson

Best of All Possible Worlds and Galaxy Game by Karen Lord


Jagganath by Karin Tidbeck

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren


Only Ever Yours and Asking For It by Louise O’Neill (the latter is fiction, not SFF)


Azanian Bridges by Nick Wood


House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard


Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho


I’ve not yet read this, but I am SUPER looking forward to the Women of Wonder compilation from Cristina Macia and co.


Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic 


Here are some other books by people who are amazing and you should read them, but I think they identify as Canadian, British, or American so they’re not listed above.

Lagoon and The Book of Phoenix and Who Fears Death and Kabu Kabu by Nnedi Okorafor

Grace of Kings and The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu

Story of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang (He’s American but he’s amazing and you should just all read these stories omg.)

Ancient, Ancient by Kiini Ibura Salaam (also American, but also amazing collection)

Irregular Verbs by Matthew Johnson


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