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The SFF Countries Project

One thing that I have always found interesting is having read books that were set in all the countries in the world. I see those reading challenges but a lot of them do tend to be contemporaries.

That is not my genre. Fantasy and Science-Fiction are. So I want to make a list like that, with just SFF books. That is maybe not that achieveable if you see my list of requirements down below. But then this is a long term project for me. I don’t expect to be done in a year or two. I hope that some day there will be a book (that I have hopefully read) for each country on this list.

I would really want this list to be a resource for international readers. At some point anyway.

Requirements

  • Has to be read by owner of the list
  • Has to be written or translated to English +
  • No England or USA on this list ++
  • Has to be a sci-fi or fantasy book
  • Preferably books written by authors of the same cultural heritage or needs to have decent rep of culture/country as deemed by own voice reviewers
  • Can have multiple entries per country
  • Historical Fantasy or Alternate Universes can be added. Just make a note for this after the book.

+ Otherwise most of us readers just won’t be able to read the books on this list. At some point I would however also like to make a list of books recced by those of all the different countries for the books they wish to see translated.

++ I think we can all make long lists of SFF books set in America and England. We don’t need more of those. Very specifically saying England here and not United Kingdom. Scotland will make the list.

As you can see by the long list of countries down below, this will not be an easy task and will take a long time. But that is okay. I like to work towards things. I think I’m going to make separate documents for each continent and then upload them as a file for when I share updates.

Algeria
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon (also spelled Cameroun)
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad (Tchad)
Comoros
Republic of the Congo
Democratic Republic of the Congo
 Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Djibouti
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
The Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Rwanda
São Tomé and Príncipe
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sudan
Swaziland
Tanzania
Togo
Tunisia
Uganda
Western Sahara (disputed)
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Afghanistan
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Brunei
Cambodia
China
East Timor
Georgia
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Japan
Jordan (Al Urdun)
Kazakhstan
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Malaysia
Maldives
Mongolia
Myanmar (Burma)
Nepal
North Korea
Oman
Pakistan
Philippines
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Syria
Tajikistan
Thailand (Muang Thai)
Turkmenistan
Taiwan
United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Yemen

Albania
Andorra
Austria
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland (Island) .
Republic of Ireland
Italy
Kosovo (disputed)
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
North Macedonia
Malta
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands
Northern Ireland
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
San Marino
Scotland
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
Ukraine
Wales

Canada
 Mexico
USA (only indigenous inspired by indigenous authors)
 Nicaragua
 Honduras
 Cuba
 Guatemala
 Panama
 Costa Rica
 Dominican Republic
 Haiti
 Belize
 El Salvador
 The Bahamas
 Jamaica
 Trinidad and Tobago
 Dominica
 Saint Lucia
 Antigua and Barbuda
 Barbados
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
 Grenada
 Saint Kitts and Nevis

Argentina
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Ecuador
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Suriname
Uruguay
Venezuela

Australia
Federated States of Micronesia
Fiji
Kiribati
Marshall Islands
Nauru
New Zealand
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu

If you want to join in, let me know!

26 thoughts on “The SFF Countries Project

  1. This sounds like such a fun project! Off the top of my head, I think The Rage of Dragons, The Poppy War, and By Sea and Sky would be perfect for this list. I also think The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is a non-western inspired fantasy, but I don’t know what country it’s based on.

    To participate would I make my own list or add to yours?

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    1. Which ever way you’d like. In the end it would be good to have a combination so if more people want to add to mine right away I could add in a google form so I can add in everyones reads.

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  2. Bij die uitdaging heb ik ook al een paar keer stil gestaan, om dan terug te krabbelen, omdat de boeken die ik zag passeren totaal mijn ding niet waren. Ik ben benieuwd hoe het zal gaan met fantasy/sci-fi. Ik lees (helaas misschien) vooral Engelstalige auteurs, omdat die nu eenmaal meer in het spotlicht komen online, maar ik zou heel graag wat anderstalige auteurs ontdekken!

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  3. So will you be giving updates along the way, or is it up to us to stop in and check on the progress ourselves? I would love Caribbean SciFi and Fantasy to read for Carib-a-Thon each year. I love this idea. 👏👏👏✨

    Heather just read a book set in Scotland called Library of the Dead. 📚

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    1. At the end of the day I want this to be a list that I’ve read the books from. And of course if other people want to add in theirs to mine that is great too. Together we’ll get more on the list.

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  4. This is a great idea! I’ve been trying to track the books I read which are not set in the US or UK, but I haven’t been specifically seeking any specific countries. I think this is probably something I’ll start tracking more specifically, too. Not sure exactly how I want to track it yet, though.

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  5. I love the idea of this project. I wonder if it’s worth also calling out books that meet your criteria but instead of the setting are written by authors from those countries? Or focus on the culture and ethnicities from those countries? I can’t think of any examples, but this does broaden the perspective of potential representation to appear on the list.

    I cannot wait to see what you come up with!

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    1. I think we do have more lists of those from a lot of own voices reviewers. So I think I’d keep the divide to setting for myself. However as someone pointed out, leaving out indigenous authors isn’t right either so I’ll be adding them in.

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  6. Great idea! On my computer I keep a list with books I read set in certain countries that are written by writers from the same country. I never thought about putting this list on my blog and I love the idea! It may take some time, but I’d love to make a page on my blog for this country project 😁

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