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Women writing SF/F

Via oursin and nwhyte: Authors read from the Periodic Table of 75 Years of Fabulous Writers (PDF):

Bold the women by whom you own books (or books including works by them)
Italicize those by whom you've read something of (whether short stories, non-fiction, or fiction).
Star those of whom you've never heard.

Andre Norton
C. L. Moore
Evangeline Walton
Leigh Brackett
Judith Merril
Joanna Russ
Margaret St. Clair
Katherine MacLean
Carol Emshwiller
Marion Zimmer Bradley
*Zenna Henderson
Madeline L’Engle
Angela Carter
Ursula LeGuin
Anne McCaffrey
Diana Wynne Jones

Kit Reed
James Tiptree, Jr.
Rachel Pollack
Jane Yolen
*Marta Randall
Eleanor Arnason
Ellen Asher
Patricia A. McKillip
Suzy McKee Charnas
Lisa Tuttle
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Tanith Lee
*Pamela Sargeant
*Jayge Carr
Vonda McIntyre
Octavia E. Butler
Kate Wilhelm
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Sheila Finch
Mary Gentle
*Jessia Amanda Salmonson
C. J. Cherryh
Joan D. Vinge
Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Ellen Kushner
Ellen Datlow
Nancy Kress
*Pat Murphy
Lisa Goldstein
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Mary Turzillo
Connie Willis
Barbara Hambly
Nancy Holder
Sheri S. Tepper
Melissa Scott

Margaret Atwood
Lois McMaster Bujold
*Jeanne Cavelos
Karen Joy Fowler
Leigh Kennedy
Judith Moffett
*Rebecca Ore
Emma Bull
Pat Cadigan
Kathyrn Cramer
*Laura Mixon
Eileen Gunn
Elizabeth Hand
Kij Johnson
Delia Sherman
Elizabeth Moon
*Michaela Roessner
Terri Windling
Sharon Lee
Sherwood Smith
Katherine Kurtz
Margo Lanagan
Laura Resnick
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Sheila Williams
Farah Mendlesohn
Gwyneth Jones

*Ardath Mayhar
Esther Friesner
*Debra Doyle
Nicola Griffith
*Amy Thomson
*Martha Wells
Catherine Asaro
Kate Elliott

Kathleen Ann Goonan
*Shawna McCarthy
*Caitlin Kiernan
Maureen McHugh
Cheryl Morgan
Nisi Shawl
Mary Doria Russell
Kage Baker
Kelly Link
Nancy Springer
J. K. Rowling
Nalo Hopkinson
Ellen Klages
*Tananarive Due
M. Rickert
Theodora Goss
*Mary Anne Mohanraj
S. L. Viehl
Jo Walton
*Kristine Smith
*Deborah Layne
Cherie Priest
*Wen Spencer
K. J. Bishop
Catherynne M. Valente
Elizabeth Bear
*Ekaterina Sedia
Naomi Novik
Mary Robinette Kowal
Ann VanderMeer

Thoughts: I'm never as well-read as I wish I were. The advantage of this is that there is always more to read.

Some of the people I mark as not-having-heard-of could be people I have read short stories by. Or essays. Or blog posts under aliases I do not map onto one of these names. Or even novels. Just because I have forgotten the authors of long-since read books says nothing about quality.

In some cases, the author is best known for fiction, and I have only read blog posts by them. Sometimes, copious numbers of blog posts. It is still reading what they have written, after all, often in greater quantity than, say, reasoning a short story or poem. Or, in some cases, greater quantity than reading a novel.

It's strange to have all this fairly reliably-available text online which I cannot claim to own in any sense, even if it's even more convenient for me to access than, say, books I own, but which are currently located in another country. This listing project is clearly biased towards print. If I pay for an ebook, I own it, but do I still own it if I download it as a freebie? What about a webpage? Is it more mine by being saved to my harddrive than if I do not? Does bookmarking constitute a minor toehold of possession in any relevant sense?


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Jun. 4th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
I guess if you define 'book' as the bound paper object, ownership means having one on your shelf. But otherwise, I wonder if memory counts.
Jun. 4th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
I'm never as well-read as I'm supposed to be, either. I'm well-intentioned, but generally over-committed and like you, I may have read a short story here or there, but cannot speak to its impressions on me. I think this is just a condition of being a modern reader during a time that's technically an embarrassment of reading riches. :)
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