Friday, November 29, 2013

Great Female Science Fiction Novelists

Consider this exercise. Take a year, and for the primary focus of your leisure reading, imagine reading science fiction and fantasy written exclusively by women. Let's say it's a senior seminar at the crossroads of women's studies and science fiction/fantasy studies.

What kind of syllabus would you put together? What works would you assign? Here are my favorite options right now, kind of a mix between what I actually intend to read in 2014, and what I have read in the past and consider to be the best of this genre written by women.

The √úr-Text: Mary Shelley



Challenger of Middle Earth: Ursula K. LeGuin



"The grand dame of science fiction": Octavia Butler


Steampunk: Erin Morgenstern


Because (full confession) I read the first six volumes but have never read the seventh: J.K. Rowling


The books that forever changed my childhood: Madeline L'Engle


Popular contemporary: Elizabeth Bear


The trilogy, of which this is the concluding volume: Margaret Atwood


A classic steamrollered by the movie industry: P.D. James


For a real challenge: Doris Lessing


Based on the Ozarks: Suzette Haden Elgin


Did you know Virginia Woolf wrote sci-fi under a pen name?


Others I'd like to include but it begins to be more than syllabus length: Lois Lowry, Suzanne Collins, Connie Willis, Angela Carter, Kelly Link, Anne Rice, Susanna Clarke, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Anne McCaffrey, Patricia Kennealy, and more.

Finally, this one for good measure, which really ought to be science fiction: Rebecca West



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