16 Impactful Female Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors

These authors are just a few of the important voices in the sci-fi and fantasy community who have brought us strong, feminist characters.

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Octavia Butler

Parable of the Sower

Parable of the Sower

By Octavia E. Butler

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    Photo Credit: Patti Perret, 1986. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

 Tanith Lee 

The Book of the Damned

The Book of the Damned

By Tanith Lee

James Tiptree Jr.  

Brightness Falls from the Air

Brightness Falls from the Air

By James Tiptree Jr.

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 Lisa Goldstein 

The Red Magician

The Red Magician

By Lisa Goldstein

Jane Yolen  

Sister Light, Sister Dark

Sister Light, Sister Dark

By Jane Yolen

 Pat Murphy  

The Falling Woman

The Falling Woman

By Pat Murphy

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  • Pat Murphy at Worldcon in Helsinki, 2017.

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 Jessica Amanda Salmonson  

The Disfavored Hero

The Disfavored Hero

By Jessica Amanda Salmonson

 Pamela Sargent  

The Shore of Women

The Shore of Women

By Pamela Sargent

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Andre Norton

Witch World: Estcarp Cycle

Witch World: Estcarp Cycle

By Andre Norton

Margaret Atwood  

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The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood

Kameron Hurley  

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God's War

By Kameron Hurley

Nnedi Okorafor  

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Binti

By Nnedi Okorafor

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Ursula K. Le Guin  

A Wizard of Earthsea

Earthsea

By Ursula K. Le Guin

Joanna Russ  

And Chaos Died

And Chaos Died

By Joanna Russ

Charlie Jane Anders 

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All the Birds in the Sky

By Charlie Jane Anders

N.K. Jemisin

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The Fifth Season

By N.K. Jemisin