225 & Rising

Hey, you know that list of 150 Women SF Authors? Well it seems you knew a lot more than that…

So I’ve added in your suggestions and the new list is here, with over 225 Names on it. What I haven’t done is include all the names on Mary Mark Ockerbloom’s wonderful list of pre-1923 Utopias and SF written by women which could keep me in reading for the rest of the century. 

Gill Alderman

Dorothy Allison

Nina Allen

Jo Anderton

Patricia Anthony

Kim Antieau

Eleanor Arnason

Catherine Asaro

Constance Ash

Margaret Atwood

Kage Baker

Fleur Beale

Elizabeth Bear

Hillari Bell

Lauren Beukes

Jay D Blakeney

Aliette de Bodard

Leigh Brackett

Marion Zimmer Bradley

Gun Brooke

MM Buckner

Lois McMaster Bujold

Emma Bull

Katherine Burdekin

Octavia Butler

Laura Bynum

Pat Cadigan

Angela Carter

Suzy McKee Charnas

CJ Cherryh

Brenda Clough

Jo Clayton

StormConstantine

Colleen Cooper DeMaio

 Louise Cooper

Sara Creasy

AC Crispin

Julie E Czernada

AM Dellamonica

Emily Devenport

Esme Dodderidge

Sonya Dorman

Candas Jane Dorsey

L Timmel Duchamp

Doris Egan

Phyllis Eisenstein

Suzette Haden Elgin

Kate Elliott

Margaret Elphinstone

Carol Emshwiller

MJ Engh

Kelley Eskridge

Bernadine Evaristo

Zoe Fairbairns

Jaine Fenn

Sheila Finch

Jane Fletcher

Melanie Fletcher

Caroline Forbes

Katherine Forrest

Karen Joy Fowler

CS Friedman

Susan Fry

Mary Gentle

Carolyn Ives Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Lisa Goldstein

Jewelle Gomez

Kathleen Ann Goonan

Phyllis Gotlieb

Nicola Griffith

Andrea Hairston

Sandi Hall

Sarah Hall

Cicely Hamilton

Elizabeth Hand

Amanda Hemingway

Zenna Henderson

Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Cecelia Holland

Nalo Hopkinson

Tanya Huff

Monica Hughes

Janis Ian

Shelley Jackson

PD James

NK Jemisin

Jane Jensen

Liz Jensen

Kij Johnson

Diana Wynne Jones Gwyneth Jones

Janet Kagan

Anna Kavan

Marjorie Bradley Kellogg

Leigh Kennedy

Kay Kenyon

Katharine Kerr

Lee Killough
Rosemary Kirstein

Ellen Klages

Nancy Kress

Kim Lakin Smith

Sue Lange

Louise Lawrence

Mary Soon Lee

Tanith Lee

Ursula K Le Guin

Madeleine L’Engle

Rhoda Lerman

Doris Lessing

SN Lewitt

Jacqueline Lichtenberg

Megan Lindholm

Janet Lindskold

Kelly Link

Holly Lisle

Anna Livia

Rosaleen Love

Karin Lowachee

Lois Lowry

Elizabeth A Lynn

RA MacAvoy

Anne McCaffrey

Una McCormack

Sophia MacDougall

Maureen F McHugh

Vonda N McIntyre

Patricia McKillip

Katherine MacLean

Donna McMahon

Margaret Mahy

Louise Marley

Lisa Mason

Susan R Matthews

Julian May

Ardath Mayhar

Judith Merril

RM Meluch

LydiaMillett

Misha

Naomi Mitchison

Laura Mixon
Judith Moffett

Elizabeth Moon

CL Moore

Lyda Morehouse

Chris Moriarty

Janet E Morris

Bharati Mukherjee

Pat Murphy

Linda Nagata

Ruth Nestvold

Audrey Niffenegger

Andre Norton

Claudia O’Keefe

Nnedi Okorafor

Rebecca Ore

Ruth L Ozeki

Jane Palmer

Severna Park

Jennifer Pelland

Marge Piercy

Marianne de Pierres

Rachel Pollack

Ayn Rand

Marta Randall

Cat Rambo

Kit Reed

Leigh Richards

WillowDavisRoberts

Justina Robson

Michaela Roessner

Selina Rosen

Mary Rosenblum

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Joanna Russ

Mary Doria Russell

Jessica Amanda Salmondson

Pamela Sargent

Josephine Saxton

Jody Scott

Melissa Scott

Sydney J van Scyoc

Ekaterina Sedia

Mary Shelley

Nisi Shawl

Susan Shwartz

Alison Sinclair

Johanna Sinisalo

Vandana Singh

Joan Slonczewski

Melinda M Snodgrass

Lucy Snyder

Margaret St Clair

Tricia Sullivan

Steph Swainston

Rachel Swirsky

Cecilia Taon

Judith Tarr

Sheri S Tepper

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

Sue Thomas

James Tiptree Jr

Karen Traviss

Mary A Turzillo

Lisa Tuttle

Jean Ure

SL Viehl

Joan D Vinge

Élisabeth Vonarburg

Jo Walton

Kaaron Warren

Jane Webb

Sharon Webb

Leslie What

Kate Wilhelm

Liz Williams

Lynda Williams

Connie Willis

Anna Wilson

Jeanette Winterson

Monique Wittig

N Lee Wood

Virginia Woolf

MK Wren

Helen Wright

Patricia Wrightson

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Ann Tonsor Zeddies

Sarah Zettel

Pamela Zoline

You’ll also find a growing number of these authors reviewed at The SF Mistressworks site started by Ian Sales.

About Kev McVeigh

Review of literary matters, mostly but not all SFF , and digressions into music and other arts. Engagement welcomed.
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10 Responses to 225 & Rising

  1. Joachim Boaz says:

    You’re missing a great sci-fi author who published multiple books with DAW in the 70s and 80s — Doris Piserchia… A Billion Days of Earth, Spinner, The Fluger, Doomtime, etc…

  2. StarWatcher says:

    How about Diane Duane and Barbara Hambly? Two of my faves.

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  4. Cassandra says:

    Also, what about Jean Lorrah and Sarah Hoyt and Sarah Ash?

  5. Charlie Hancock says:

    Theodora Goss, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Jennifer Stevenson, Seanan McGuire, Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton? More fantasy than sf though.

  6. A.Beth says:

    Duane and Hambly are usually more fantasy than SF — but both of them have done Star Trek books, so yeah, they should probably get on the list. McGuire gets to SF by way of Mira Grant, her pen name for the Feed trilogy (political zombie genre?), I’d say. (Cloning and gengineering a zombie plague (accidentally)? Sounds like SF to me!)

    Sharon Lee, co-author of the Liaden universe books, would count? And Debra Doyle, co-author of the Mageworlds books?

  7. bobdablob says:

    Yes, I’ve got to second McGuire/Grant!

  8. Alison Croggon author of the Pellinor series is great writer

  9. orange says:

    STARHAWK! ‘the fifth sacred thing’ is one of the best sf novels i’ve ever read.

  10. Margaret Cavendish, the first woman sf writer.

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