Around the blogosphere people are talking about how few women are writing SF. People are also composing lists of their favorite women SF writers. Like a good sheep I decided to join in. 🙂
First, of course, is the question of what is SF.
First I thought “space ships → SF”. However, this would leave out some obviously SF books. So, I added “modern with better technology that most people get their hands on today” but then I decided to just include anything set in the future.
Also, I though at first that anything which has magic, goes to fantasy section. However, then I’d have to define magic. Is telepathy magic? If it is, out goes Star Trek. Star Wars also obvious disqualifies because of the Force. So does time travel. So, that rule goes away, too.
So, all of this ended up being too complicated. In the end, SF and fantasy are often intertwined. So basically I included anything that feels like SF to me.
These are the women SF writers I like the most and intend to read in the future, too:
Lois McMaster Bujold whose Miles Vorkosigan series I adore to bits.
Connie Willis and her time traveling historians
Kristine Kathryn Rusch whose Retrieval Artist books are obvious SF.
C. J. Cherryh. The only series I’ve read from her was space opera, although less operaic than the others on this list.
Kristine Smith, also a space opera writer. (I see a pattern forming…)
Kage Baker whose Company series I think straddles the line between SF and fantasy.
Elizabeth Bear although it’s sort of cheating because I haven’t read her SF yet.
A special mention to Diane Duane whose Star Trek: TNG novel Dark Mirror is the best ST novel I’ve ever read.