This month’s crossover topic is your auto-buy authors that write SFF.
Auto-buying isn’t a thing I do unless I’ve already read at least two or three books by that author and loved all of them. There are some authors I want to read more from because I loved what they did (Kameron Hurely because of The Stars Are Legion, Sarah Porter because of Vassa in the Night, JY Yang because of the Tensorate novellas, Aliette de Bodard because of The Tea Master and the Detective) but I don’t consider them “auto-buy” yet – I haven’t read enough.
My first auto-buy author ever! I have never rated one of her Grishaverse books less than five stars (her first trilogy too. …Shadow and Bone > Six of Crows). Of course I will read more by her in the future! I can’t wait for King of Scars and even that Alex Stern/Ninth House series I know nothing about.
I haven’t found another author in YA fantasy who writes exactly what I want from the genre – her combination of gray morality, murder, main characters who make the wrong choices, atmosphere and actually interesting romance works for me.
Yoon Ha Lee
I mean, he’s my favorite author. (Did I buy an anthology just because he wrote one of the stories? Yes.) If Bardugo’s books are everything I find appealing in YA fantasy, Ninefox Gambit is everything I want from space opera: politics, a weird sense of humor, really weird technology, war, gray morality to an extreme but with characters I actually love, all-queer casts and no romance.
My third and last “true” auto-buy author is Anna-Marie McLemore. I don’t know if “SFF authors” is the right place for her because she writes magical realism (ownvoices magical realism about latinx characters, usually queer!), but I wouldn’t know who to put on this list otherwise. When the Moon Was Ours and Wild Beauty convinced me I need to read everything she writes. Her stories are a bit too romantic for me, but her writing is so beautiful and I love the themes so much that I don’t care.
Now the term “auto-buy” should be taken more loosely because I’m not actually interested in the pre-Daughter of Smoke and Bone books Laini Taylor wrote, but I love her writing style and her two high fantasy series; I can’t wait for The Muse of Nightmares and everything she’ll decide to write after that.
Catherynne M. Valente
Again: loosely auto-buy because I’m not that interested in her middle grade books and many things she wrote in the past, but her new(er) novels? Yes. I loved Deathless and Radiance, I really want to get to The Orphan’s Tales and I’m going to read Space Opera as soon as I have time (which probably isn’t going to be anytime soon because real life and my ARCs disagree).
Who are your auto-buy SFF authors?