SFF Sexier (and Healthier) Than Fifty Shades of Grey

The third (and final) Fifty Shades movie—Fifty Shades Freed—opens this weekend, just in time for Valentine’s Day. While we’re glad those crazy kids are finally settling down, there’s no denying that the film and book series depict an unrealistic, unhealthy BDSM relationship.

But it doesn’t have to be this way—after all, sci-fi and fantasy authors have written believable power exchanges and sexual agency into their books and comics for decades. So instead of headdesking over Christian and Ana’s sexcapades, pick up these books by Jacqueline Carey, Octavia Butler, Matt Fraction, and more!


Magic University Series — Cecilia Tan

Tan has long been one of the foremost voices in writing and publishing erotic sci-fi and fantasy. Her work mixes BDSM culture with magic and aliens, as in her short fiction collection Telepaths Don’t Need Safewords.

With her New Adult paranormal romance Magic University series, Tan combines her favorite ...