Great SF/F Books by Female Authors: A Massive Twitter List! #sffbywomen


Earlier today, I posted seven sf/f books by women worth checking out for International Women’s Day.  This led to a tweet asking folks online to list a single sf/f work by a woman that they think is exceptional.  Folks promptly ignored the “single” part and sent me a lot of suggestions.  You can add your own suggestions in the comments here or via the #sffbywomen tag on Twitter.

In any case, if you’re looking for something new to read and care about gender parity, here’s a massive list of great works of sf/f by women (note:  the list may be edited later; I may send the question to Facebook and Google+ to make things interesting).


Alexander, Alma.
Midnight at Spanish Gardens
Alexander, Alma.
Secrets of Jin Shei
Alexander, Alma.
The Worldweaver Books
Anderson, Laura S. The
Boleyn King
Andrews, Ilona. The
Kate Daniels Series
Aquirre, Ann. The
Perdition and Sirantha Jax Series
Arakawa, Hiromu. Full
Metal Alchemist
Armstrong, Kelley. The
Cainsville Series
Armstrong, Kelley. Women
of the Otherworld Series
Asaro, Catherine. The
Last Hawk
Atwood, Margaret. The
Handmaid’s Tale
Baker, Cage. The
Company Novels
Baker, Kage. The Anvil
of the World
Baker, Kage. The Garden of Iden
Bear, Elizabeth.
Bear, Elizabeth.
Bear, Elizabeth.
Bear, Elizabeth.
Bear, Elizabeth.
Bear, Elizabeth.
Range of Ghosts (and sequels)
Bear, Elizabeth.
Bear, Elizabeth.
Bear, Elizabeth.
Bennett, Jenna. Fortune’s
Bernobich, Beth. Allegiance
Bernobich, Beth. Passion
Bernobich, Beth. Queen’s
Bernobich, Beth. The
Time Roads
Beukes, Lauren. The
Shining Girls
Beukes, Lauren. Zoo City
Bishop, Anne. Black
Jewels Trilogy
Bishop, Anne. Ephemera
Bishop, Anne. The
Others Series
Bobet, Leah. Above
Bodard, Aliette de. The
Xuya Series
Bond, Gwenda. Blackwood
Bond, Gwenda. The
Woken Gods
Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The
Avalon Series
Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The
Sword of Aldones
Brennan, Marie. A
Natural History of Dragons
Brennan, Marie. Tropic
of Serpents
Briggs, Patricia. The
Mercy Thompson Series
Brook, Maljean. Heart
of Steel
Brook, Maljean. Riveted
Brook, Maljean. The
Iron Dukes
Brown, Rosel George. Galactic
Sibyl Sue Blue
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Barrayar
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Curse
of Chalion
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Komarr
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Memory
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Mirror
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Paladin
of Souls
Bujold, Lois McMaster. The
Vorkosigan Saga
Bujold, Lois McMaster. Warrior’s
Bull, Emma. War for
the Oaks
Octavia. Kindred
Octavia. Parable of the Sower
Octavia. Parable of the Talents
Cadigan, Pat. Synners
Caine, Rachel. The Weather Warden Series
Carson, Rae. Girl of
Fire and Thorns Series
Cashore, Kristen. Bitterblue
Cawkwell, Sarah. The
Silver Skulls Books
Cherryh, C.J. Downbelow
Cherryh, C.J. Foreigner
Cherryh, C.J. Fortress
in the Eye of Time
Cherryh, C.J. Pride of
Chng, Joyce. Starfang
Clarke, Susanna. Jonathan
Strange and Mr. Norrell
Cooper, Brenda. The
Creative Fire
Cooper, Brenda. The
Diamond Deep
Cooper, Elspeth. The
Wild Hunt Series
Cooper, Karina. Tarnished
Cooper, Louise. The
Indigo Series
Cooper, Louise. The
Time Master Trilogy
Cooper, Susan. The
Dark is Rising Sequence
Czerneda, Julie. A
Thousand Words for Stranger
Czerneda, Julie. In
the Company of Others
Downum, Amanda. The
Drowning City
Suzette Haden. Communipath Worlds
Suzette Haden. Native Tongue
Elliot, Kate. Crown of
Elliott, Kate. Cold
Engh, M.J. Arslan
Eskridge, Kelley. Solitaire
Files, Gemma. A Book
of Tongues
Fisher, Sharon Lynn. Ghost
Flewelling, Lynn. Luck
in the Shadows
Forsyth, Kate. Bitter
Foster, M.A. The
Morphodite Trilogy
Frohock, Teresa. Miserere:
An Autumn Tale
Gentle, Mary. Golden
Goldstein, Lisa. A
Mask for the General
Goldstein, Lisa. Red
Goldstein, Lisa. Strange
Devices of Sun and Moon
Goldstein, Lisa. The
Dream Years
Goldstein, Lisa. Tourists
Goldstein, Lisa. Uncertain
Goodman, Alison. A New
Kind of Death
Graham, Ellen. Lana’s
Grant, Mira. The
Newsflesh Series
Griffith, Nicola. Hild
Hall, Sarah. The Carhullan Army
Hambly, Barbara. Dragonsbane
Hamilton, Laurell K. Bite
Hamilton, Laurell K. Carvings
Hamilton, Laurell K. Never
Hamilton, Laurell K. Strange
Hand, Elizabeth.
Hartman, Rachel. Seraphina
Henderson, Zenna. Ingathering:
the Complete People Stories
Hobb, Robin. The
Liveship Traders Trilogy
Hopkinson, Nalo. Sister
Hopkinson, Nalo. The
New Moon’s Arms
Höst, Andrea K. The
Touchstone Series
Jemesin, N.K. The
Broken Kingdoms
Jensen, Liz. The
Jensen, Liz. The
Jones, Diana Wynne. A
Sudden Wild Magic
Jones, Diana Wynne. Black
Jones, Diana Wynne. Conrad’s
Jones, Diana Wynne. Deep
Jones, Diana Wynne. Homeward
Jones, Diana Wynne. Islands
of Chaldea
Jones, Diana Wynne. Magicians
of Caprona
Jones, Diana Wynne. Ogre
Jones, Diana Wynne. The
Dalemark Quartet
Jones, Diana Wynne. The
Merlin Conspiracy
Jones, Diana Wynne. Wilkins’
Jones, Diana Wynne. Year
of the Griffin
Kane, Stacia. The
Personal Demons and Magic Series
Kellog, Marjorie B. The
Lear’s Daughters Series
Kennedy, Leigh. Journal
of Nicholas the American
Kerr, Katherine. The
Deverry Series
Kiernan, Caitlin R. The
Drowning Girl
Kittredge, Caitlin. The
Black London
Kowal, Mary Robinette. Glamour
in Glass
Jacqueline. Ascension
Kress, Nancy. Probability Moon
Kurtz, Katherine. The
Deryni Series
L’Engle, Madeleine. A
Wrinkle in Time
Larke, Glenda. The
Last Stormlord
Le Guin, Ursula K. Lavinia
Le Guin, Ursula K. The
Le Guin, Ursula K. The
Left Hand of Darkness
Leckie, Ann. Ancillary
Lee, Yoon Ha. Conservation
of Shadows
Leicht, Stina. And
Blue Skies From Pain
Leicht, Stina. Of
Blood and Honey
Lindholm, Mega. Cloven
Link, Kelly. Magic for
Loenen-Ruis, Rochita. “Alternate
Girl’s Expatriate Life
Lord, Karen. Redemption
in Indigo
Lord, Karen. The Best
of All Possible Worlds
Lowachee, Karin. Burndive
Lowachee, Karin. Cagebird
Lowachee, Karin. Warchild
Lowe, Helen. Heir of
Lynn, Elizabeth.
The Northern Girl
MacAvoy, R.A. Damiano
MacAvoy, R.A. Damiano’s
MacAvoy, R.A. Raphael
MacAvoy, R.A. Tea with
the Black Dragon
Marks, Laurie. Fire
Marley, Louise. The
Terrorists of Irustan
Marr, Melissa. Carnival
of Souls
Marshall, Helen. Hair
Side, Flesh Side
Matthews, Susan R. The
Jurisdiction Series
Maurier, Daphne du. The
House on the Strand
May, Han. Star
McCaffrey, Anne. The
Dragonriders of Pern Series
McCaffrey, Anne. The
Ship Who Sang
McGuire, Seanan. One Salt Sea
McIntyre, Vonda N. Dreamsnake
McKillip, Patricia A. The
Riddle-Master Trilogy
McKinley, Robin. Chalice
McKinley, Robin. Hero
and the Crown
McKinley, Robin. The
Blue Sword
Meadows, Jodi. The
Incarnate Series
Misha. Red Spider
White Web
Moffett, Judith. The
Holy Ground Trilogy
Monette, Sarah. The
Goblin Emperor
Moon, Elizabeth.
The Serrano Legacy Series
Mundell, Meg. Black
Murphy, Pat. Women Up
to No Good
Nagata, Linda. The
Red: First Light
Nesbit, Edith. Five
Children and It
Nesbit, Edith. The Phoenix and the Carpet
Nesbit, Edith. The
Story of the Amulet
Newman, Emma. The Split Worlds Series
Norton, Mary. The
Novik, Naomi. The
Temeraire Series
Okorafor, Nnedi. Who
Fears Death
Pearce, Philippa. Tom’s
Midnight Garden
Pierce, Tamora. Terrier
(and its sequels)
Pierce, Tamora. The
Keladry of Mindelan Quartet
Priest, Cherie. Boneshaker
Rawn, Melanie. Dragonprince
Redwine, C.J. Defiance
Richards, Jess. Cooking
with Bones
Richardson, Kat. Greywalker
Robb, J.D. The In
Death Series
Robertson, Freya. Heartwood
Rogers, Jane. The
Testament of Jessie Lamb
Rusch, Kristine Kathryn. Boneyards
Rusch, Kristine Kathryn. City
of Ruins
Rusch, Kristine Kathryn. Diving
into the Wreck
Russ, Joanna. The
Female Man
Russell, Karen. Vampires
in the Lemon Grove
Saintcrow, Lillith. The
Dante Valentine and Jill Kismet Series
Samatar, Sofia. A
Stranger in Olondria
Saulter, Stephanie. Gemsigns
Saxton, Josephine. Queen
of the States
Schanoes, Veronica. Burning Girls
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein,
or The Modern Prometheus
Slonczewski, Joan. The
Highest Frontier
Smith, Sherwood. Crown
Snyder, Maria V. Poison
Spurrier, Jo. Black
Sun Light My Way
Stevrmer, Caroline. A College of Magic
Stevrmer, Caroline. A
Scholar of Magic
Stewart, Mary. The Crystal Cave
Stewart, Mary. The
Hollow Hills
Sullivan, Tricia. Maul
Swainston, Steph. The
Castle Series
Swendson, Shanna. The
Enchanted Inc. Series
Tallen, Tara. Galaxion
Tambour, Anna. Crandolin
Tepper, Sheri S. Beauty
Tepper, Sherri S. Raising
the Stones
Thruman, Rob. The Cal
Leandros Series
Traviss, Karen. City
of Pearl
Viehl, S.L. The
Stardoc Series
Walton, Jo. Among
Walton, Jo. Farthing
Walton, Jo. Ha’penny
Walton, Jo. Half a
Wecker, Helene. The
Golem and the Jinni
Weis, Margaret / Hickman, Tracy. Dragons of Autumn Twilight
Weis, Margaret / Hickman, Tracy. Dragons of Spring Dawning
Weis, Margaret / Hickman, Tracy. Dragons of Winter Night
Wells, Martha. Death
of the Necromancer
Wells, Martha. The
Cloud Roads
West, Michelle Sagara. The
Essalieyan Empire Series
Williams, Jen. The
Copper Promise
Willis, Connie. Bellwether
Willis, Connie. The
Doomsday Book
Willis, Connie. To Say
Nothing of the Dog
Wilson, G. Willow. Alif
the Unseen
Winstanley, Cam. B-Spine
Winterson, Jeanette. The
Stone Gods
Wrede, Patricia C. The
Raven Ring
Wren, M.K.. Gift Upon
the Shore
Wurts, Janny / Feist, Raymond. The Empire Trilogy

Wurts. Curse of the

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

14 thoughts on “Great SF/F Books by Female Authors: A Massive Twitter List! #sffbywomen

  1. How about "Secrets of Jin Shei" by ALma Alexander – reviewers even called it "feminist fantasy"? (Or her other stuff – she writes for both grown-up audiences (her latest is "Misngiht at Spanish Gardens" – Green Man Reviews just called it "an overlooked masterpiece") and YA readers (she has TWO new books coming out this year, one conclusion of a long-standing series just reissued in new editions, the Worldweavers books, and the other the first book in a brand new fantasy trilogy, a novel called "Random" coming out in May…)

  2. M. A. Foster – the Morphodite Trilogy, Marjorie B. Kellog – Lear's Daughters series, Elizabeth Lynn – The Northern Girl (anything, actually), Michelle Sagara West – Essalieyan Empire novels.

  3. Keladry of Mindelan of Mindelan Quartet is from Tamora Pierce, not Robin McKinley – both authors are faves though! I'd also add Susan R. Matthews – Jurisdiction series 🙂

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