#SciFiMonth Top Ten Tuesday | Science Fiction by Indigenous authors


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!

This week’s theme is a thanksgiving freebie! We don’t have thanksgiving here in the UK and, on this blog, we do not stan Christopher Columbus, so this week I’m sharing some sci-fi written by North American and Australian Indigenous authors.

While compiling this list I couldn’t help noticing just how much sci-fi by Indigenous authors is post-apocalyptic, but I shouldn’t be surprised. As Rebecca Roanhorse herself said in this piece for The New York Times, “We’ve already survived an apocalypse.”

The Swan Book by Alexis Wright: The Swan Book is a post-apocalyptic novel set in a world completely altered by climate change. I tend to enjoy post-apocalyptic novels centred around the environment and this one sounds so interesting.

Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson: I’m not all that into robot books, but I’m intrigued by this one because Rebecca Roanhorse describes it as ‘told in a montage of first-person accounts and lost camera footage from various corners of the world.’ Yes please!

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse: Roanhorse’s debut is definitely most commonly defined as an urban fantasy novel, which it is, but as a post-apocalyptic UF novel it also slots nicely into the sci-fi genre. This is the only novel on this list I’ve read so far – I need to get a lot better at reading Indigenous voices – and I need to continue with the series!

Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction ed. by Grace L. Dillon: What better way to discover Indigenous sci-fi than to read a whole anthology of it?

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich: I believe pretty much all of Erdrich’s work focuses on the First Nations communities of North America, and this particular novel introduces us to a version of our world in which evolution has reversed. Oh dear.

Resistance by Zainab Amadahy: This novel set in 2036 follows a nanotechnology researcher who must decide whether or not she’ll betray her principles for the lifestyle she desires. Novels about women in science are usually right up my street.

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina: This YA post-apocalyptic novel set in the wake of an environmental catastrophe is the first in a series, and it sounds brilliant. I’m annoyed that I haven’t heard of it before, but to be honest I don’t know how much of that is because we don’t often hear about books from Australian authors here in the UK which is a real shame. There’s a lot of talent in Australia.

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline: Set in a futuristic world where only North America’s Indigenous people can still dream, our protagonist is on the run to prevent himself from becoming an unwilling marrow donor. It sounds creepy af.

The Old Lie by Claire G. Coleman: Back to Australia for this recent release, which follows several characters and how their lives are altered by war. The blurb tells us very little, which only makes me more intrigued by this particular book.

Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice: This is another fairly recent release described as a post-apocalyptic thriller. Naturally, I’d like to give it a try.

What did you talk about this week?

32 thoughts on “#SciFiMonth Top Ten Tuesday | Science Fiction by Indigenous authors

  1. iloveheartlandx says:

    I’ve not read any of these so I definitely need to look into them. Does anyone stan Christopher Columbus? If they do, then they’re wrong! I always struggle with these Thanksgiving topics, because like you, I’m also from the UK so don’t really get the big deal but I watch a lot of US TV so I kept it simple this week and talked about my favourite Thanksgiving themed episodes.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/11/24/top-ten-tuesday-291/

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      1. iloveheartlandx says:

        Ugh no. I have to admit, I didn’t know a massive amount about Christopher Columbus before I did a module on Native American History at Uni, but once you do…..he sucked (and that’s putting it extremely mildly).

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  2. dinipandareads says:

    Love what you’ve done for this week’s prompt, Jess! I’ve only read Trail of Lightning (which was amazing) but some of these look really good. Moon of the Crusted Snow is such a beautiful title! Reckon some of these’re going on the TBR now lol

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