I love freaky technology-related sci-fi elements (Severance is my favorite show I've watched in recent years), though I like my fiction grounded.
Make it just real enough to seem possible, and you've got me on the hook.
✨Latine/x voices in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror
✨Marginalized and underrepresented voices in contemporary YA
✨Adult literary fiction steeped in post colonial cultural identity with a touch of the inexplicable
✨BIPOC Mystery with speculative or fantasy elements.
✨Anything that comps Claire North.
✨Fabulist urban spec fic like China Miéville.
✨Africanfuturist SFF that comps Nnedi Okorafor.
✨Fantasy-mystery genre mashups like MAGIC FOR LOVERS or RIVERS OF LONDON #MSWL
✨#MSWL for trans voices in that comp @ryka_aoki's The Light from Uncommon Stars. I'm blown away not just by the voice, but by the originality of the story, the heart, the narrative scope. It's breathtaking. We need more trans joy in SFF. Send them my way.
✨Contemporary fantasy steeped in a music scene set during the Motown era or the golden age of Rap with a touch of magic. #BVM
✨LGBTQIA+ voices in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror
✨Spirited Away and everything Studio Ghibli are evergreen #MSWL comps for me.
✨#SF that comps SPACE SWEEPERS, SEVERANCE, THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, or WESTWORLD.
✨Time travel stories with strong characters at their heart like 11/22/63 by Stephen King, HERE AND NOW AND THEN by Mike Chen, or KINDRED by Octavia Butler. #MSWL
✨K-pop group by day, magic-wielding vigilantes by night.
✨Black and BIPOC voices in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror.
✨Contemporary fantasy and speculative fiction from a BIPOC perspective.
✨Surreal, atmospheric horror that unpacks societal and/or personal traumas
✨Monster reimaginings from BIPOC POVs or steeped in non-western cultural mythologies
✨Body horror, psychological horror, gothic, historical, and/or genre-blended with fantasy or sci-fi. #MSWL
✨Dark academia w/ high personal stakes and rich settings
✨Asian-inspired SF/tech-fantasy crossover in the vein of Xiran Jay Zhao.
✨South Asian, SWANA, and Middle Eastern voices in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror
✨Aro-ace rep and meaningful platonic relationships
✨Sci-fi, fantasy, and horror with non-western settings and cultures
✨Anti-colonialist, -caste, -patriarchy, -establishment, etc. with driving plots and strong characters
Erin Murphy @agentemurphI would LOVE additional recs, please! And also, I have to say, these must be very hard to get publishers to buy ("But almost nothing happens! It's all character- and world-building!") and yet obviously there are a lot of us hungry for it.
Agents! Hello! This thread is a great excuse to remind you that cozy fantasy & sci-fi is explicitly on my #MSWL! I WILL BUY IT, please let me buy it, thank you & happy long weekend 💖💕💗😊
At last, I have a profile on ManuscriptWishList.com. My current wish list is live, though I'll continue to tweet new and specific items as they come to me. #MSWL
I'd love to see science fiction and fantasy with societal and political intrigue that puts the protagonist into impossible situations that they must then cleverly prevail from. #MSWL
I am “off” this week, so sadly unable to pay close attention on #SFFpit, but I love me some
Sci-fi & fantasy so do feel free check out my #MSWL and query me if you think we’d be a fit! Best of luck!! ✨
Meg Gaertner @MEGaertnerHey writers! I won’t be able to participate in #SFFpit for long today, but I’m always on the lookout for engaging SFF in the YA and MG spheres.
Here are some specific wish list items and how to reach me: 1/4
-character-driven YA sci-fi, especially if it explores a theme such as our relationship to technology or what it means to be human
-YA sci-fi blended with any other genre—sci-fi horror, sci-fi fantasy (I’d die for a YA Gideon the Ninth!), sci-fi mystery/thriller, etc.
NASA Exoplanets @NASAExoplanetsThe misconception that there is no sound in space originates because most space is a ~vacuum, providing no way for sound waves to travel. A galaxy cluster has so much gas that we've picked up actual sound. Here it's amplified, and mixed with other data, to hear a black hole! pic.twitter.com/RobcZs7F9e
I want a YA sci-if horror with this sound in it. #mswl