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For the last many weeks, Niall at Torque Control has been collating lists of the best SF novels by women in the 201st decade CE. Over the course of this week, he will be posting the results. They begin with this overview, and continue with frequently-nominated (but not in the top 10) novels from this year.

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I quite like lists of recommended books, especially nicely-concise ones. They provide self-contained reading projects. Thanks to tammabanana, I have Mira Grant's Feed, Charie Priest's Boneshaker, N.K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and Suzanna Collins's The Hunger Games lined up to read. They'd all been recommended to be before, but she put them together, along with a few others, as a short, accessible list which my local library's promptness made particular easy to follow.

First, however, I'm finishing off my first Greg Bear novel, a story from the 199th decade, which - for all its merits thus far which far outweigh - so to speak - this annoyance, featured early, light-handed characterizations of several of its female protagonists based on their weight. Also, it has a general lack of consciousness that this planet has more than one hemisphere.

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gillpolack
Dec. 6th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
I've never got the hang of remembering there are inhabited landmasses above the Equator, either...
tammabanana
Dec. 6th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'd love to hear what you think of them when you're done!
owlfish
Dec. 7th, 2010 07:34 am (UTC)
I shall report back!
drasecretcampus
Dec. 6th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
Sorry - just deleted my comment - realised it was the wrong Greg B I was talking about...
owlfish
Dec. 7th, 2010 07:34 am (UTC)
Oh good. This one seems like his heart is in the right place, and that if I read a more recent work of his, the minor problems with gender discrepancies such as this would probably have been resolved. He can't really help it that the book is a product of the '80s.
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