This page seeks to provide resources for those looking for disability and neurodivergence representation in science fiction and fantasy. It is drawn from the books I have read personally, but I do not vouch for the quality of the representation in all of these books.
Fantasy and Science Fiction with Amputee Protagonists
- Science Fiction:
Fantasy and Science Fiction with Autistic Protagonists
- A Tyranny of Queens by Foz Meadows, sequel to An Accident of Stars, is a portal fantasy with an autistic boy as one of the POV characters.
- Science Fiction:
- Failure to Communicate by Sønderby is a sci-fi novel about an autistic woman who is a first contact specialist in the far-future. It is #ownvoices.
- On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis is a YA apocalyptic novel with an autistic heroine. It is #ownvoices.
- Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant is a sci-fi horror with killer mermaids. One of the heroines is autistic.
- An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon is a dark sci-fi story set aboard a generation ship that stars an autistic woman.
- This Other World by A.C. Buchanan is a sci-fi novella with an autistic heroine.
- “Autism, Representation, and Success – Ada Hoffman” (article)
- “Autistic Book List” (list with links to reviews by autistic reviewers)
Fantasy and Science Fiction with Protagonists with Chronic Conditions
- City of Lies by Sam Hawk is a second-world fantasy novel. The female protagonist has a chronic illness.
- The Lifeline Signal by RoAnna Sylver, sequel to Chameleon Moon, has a protagonist with chronic pain.
Fantasy and Science Fiction with Deaf Protagonists
- Science Fiction
- Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant is a sci-fi horror novel with killer mermaids. Two of the protagonists are deaf female scientists.
- “Science Fiction and Fantasy with Deaf Characters” (Goodreads list)
Fantasy and Science Fiction with Mentally Ill Protagonists
- Borderline by Mishell Baker is an urban fantasy novel where the heroine has Borderline Personality Disorder
- City of Lies by Sam Hawk is a second-world fantasy novel. The male protagonist has OCD.
- Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria is a YA fantasy novel. One of the protagonists has anxiety and panic attacks.
- Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire is a portal fantasy where the heroine has OCD.
- Witchmark by C.L. Polk is a gaslamp fantasy novel where the protagonist has PTSD.
- Science Fiction:
- Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Slyver is a hopeful dystopian novel where people have superpowers. One of the protagonists has anxiety.
- The Lifeline Signal by RoAnna Sylver, sequel to Chameleon Moon, has a protagonist with triochotillomania.
- Planetfall by Emma Newman is a science fiction novel about secrets among an extraterrestrial colony. The protagonist has OCD.
- Before Mars by Emma Newman is a science fiction novel about an artist/scientist on Mars who has post-natal depression.
- The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal is an alternate-history science fiction where the heroine has anxiety.
Fantasy and Science Fiction with Otherwise Disabled Protagonists
- Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis is a YA portal fantasy where the heroine is mute and communicates through sign language.
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is a YA fantasy heist story where one of the protagonists uses a cane.
- Akata Witch by Nnedio Okorafor is a middle-grade fantasy novel with an albino heroine.
- Lock In by John Scalzi is a science fiction novel about a future where a disease left many people paralyzed, able to communicate with the outside world through use of robots and modern technology.
- Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee is a military space opera where the genius general has dyscalculia.
- Brood of Bones by A.E. Marling is a second-world fantasy book with a narcoleptic protagonist.
- “Impossible Things: Redefining Ability and Disability in Genre Fiction” (article)
- “Disability in Science Fiction” (Goodreads List)
- “Disabled Characters in Fantasy & Science Fiction” (Goodreads List)
- “Evil Albino Trope is Evil” (article)
- “A Short List of Science Fiction & Fantasy Books that Celebrate Diversity” (list post)
- “Disability in Kidlit” (website)