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14 Groundbreaking Female Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors

Women did more than break their way into science fiction and fantasy—they helped define it.

mary shelley, andre norton, octavia butler, madeleine l'engel

Mary Shelley



By Mary Shelley

Andre Norton



By Andre Norton

Octavia E. Butler



By Octavia E. Butler

Ursula K. LeGuin

the left hand of darkness best science fiction books

The Left Hand of Darkness

By Ursula K. LeGuin

Anne McCaffrey

The White Dragon Anne McCaffrey science fiction fantasy novel

The White Dragon

By Anne McCaffrey

Margaret Atwood

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The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood

James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Bradley Sheldon)

Brightness Falls from the Air

Brightness Falls from the Air

By James Tiptree Jr.

C.L. Moore

Black God's Kiss

Black God's Kiss

By C.L. Moore

Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time fantasy books

A Wrinkle in Time

By Madeleine L'Engle

Nnedi Okorafor

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Who Fears Death

By Nnedi Okorafor

Malinda Lo

Ash by Malinda Lo, a fantasy book


By Malinda Lo

Nalo Hopkinson

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Skin Folk

By Nalo Hopkinson

Angélica Gorodischer

Kalpa Imperial Angélica Gorodischer

Kalpa Imperial

By Angélica Gorodischer

Joanna Russ

The Female Man

The Female Man

By Joanna Russ