Best Science Fiction With a Female Protagonist
Science fiction only (no fantasy / urban fantasy), and only 1 book from a series, to keep it organized.
199 Game Slaves
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199 Soul Searching (Nodes of Go...
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199 Majestic Twelve Minus One
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199 Bloom: Or, the unwritten me...
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199 Brush of Shade (The Whisper...
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199 My Enemy's Enemy
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207 ...And the Stars Will Sing
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207 The Valkyrie Profiles (The ...
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207 The Apprentice, Volume 1: T...
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207 Ange'el
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207 The Plantation (The Plantat...
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212 Tierra del Fuego, Colony Sh...
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212 Virals (Virals, #1)
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 23,892 ratings
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214 Flowertown
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 4,281 ratings
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214 Replica (Replica, #1)
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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39 avg rating — 529 ratings
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216 Embassytown
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 13,124 ratings
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216 Timebound (The Chronos File...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 9,937 ratings
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218 The Ask and the Answer (Cha...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 31,309 ratings
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219 Fortune's Pawn (Paradox, #1)
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 3,247 ratings
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220 Reboot (Reboot, #1)
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 14,285 ratings
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221 The Rebel Within (Rebel, #1)
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 32 ratings
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222 Dinosaur Planet Survivors (...
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 2,016 ratings
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222 Saga, Volume 1
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 31,385 ratings
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224 2312
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3.37 of 5 stars 3.37 avg rating — 6,352 ratings
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225 Rogue Hunter: Inquest
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 81 ratings
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225 Unwind (Unwind, #1)
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 97,135 ratings
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227 Revelation Space (Revelatio...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 22,253 ratings
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228 Heir Apparent (Rasmussem Co...
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229 A Million Suns (Across the ...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 29,869 ratings
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230 Bloodchild and Other Stories
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 3,875 ratings
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231 Wolfwalker (Wolfwalker, #1)
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 561 ratings
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231 The Passage (The Passage, #1)
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 99,423 ratings
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233 Clockwork Heart (Clockwork ...
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,174 ratings
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234 The Awakening (Darkest Powe...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 77,719 ratings
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235 An Accidental Goddess
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 1,521 ratings
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236 Rimrunners (Company Wars, #3)
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 1,166 ratings
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237 Native Tongue (Native Tongu...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 1,262 ratings
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238 The Alchemy of Stone
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 1,452 ratings
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239 The Iron Duke (Iron Seas, #1)
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 9,867 ratings
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240 Ring of Swords
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 139 ratings
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241 A Woman of the Iron People
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 149 ratings
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242 Gibbon's Decline and Fall
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 1,469 ratings
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243 Chanur's Homecoming (Compac...
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244 Jenna Starborn
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3.25 of 5 stars 3.25 avg rating — 1,471 ratings
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245 Typhoon (Dustrunners, #1)
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245 The Metalmark Contract
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245 High Couch of Silistra (Sil...
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245 An Alien Collective
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4.75 of 5 stars 4.75 avg rating — 8 ratings
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245 Where the Deer Dwell
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 41 ratings
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245 The Chimera Vector (The Fif...
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 1,504 ratings
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245 The UnTied Kingdom
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 332 ratings
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245 Reckless Rescue (a barren p...
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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 109 ratings
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245 Captain Kate (Galaxy Elite ...
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245 Evocronik 1.0
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245 The Case of the Cosmologica...
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245 Just One Damned Thing After...
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245 Seducer Fey (Genetic Fey #1)
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245 I and You
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245 The Huntress
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245 Chasing the Green Fairy (Th...
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245 The Mighty First, Episode 2
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245 Engines of Empathy
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245 The Social Event
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245 Grey Matters
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245 Exigency
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245 Aware
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267 Proyecto Alfa Centauri
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267 Blade of Amber
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267 Elite Dangerous : Reclamation
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270 Visionary from the Stars
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270 Eden's Root (Eden's Root Tr...
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270 The Lotus Effect (Rise Of T...
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270 The Third Sign
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270 Chasing the Star Garden (Th...
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 257 ratings
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270 What's Left of Me (The Hybr...
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270 The Apprentice, Volume 2: B...
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277 Rainbow Man
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 19 ratings
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278 Empress (Godspeaker Trilogy...
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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 3,564 ratings
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278 Catching Fire (The Hunger G...
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280 Tumbler
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 167 ratings
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280 Boneyards (Diving Universe,...
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 239 ratings
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280 The Immortal Rules (Blood o...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 37,425 ratings
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283 The Last City
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283 Mockingjay (The Hunger Game...
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285 Girl in Landscape
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285 Lady of Devices (Magnificen...
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285 Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 103,428 ratings
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288 First Duty
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289 The Golden Nineties
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 39 ratings
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289 The Fairy Godmother (Five H...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 11,933 ratings
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291 Saturn's Children
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291 Fearless (Fearless, #1)
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 4,137 ratings
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291 Fang (Maximum Ride, #6)
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294 Aftertime (Aftertime, #1)
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 2,417 ratings
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294 Haywire
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296 Turnabout
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296 Zoo City
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296 Nevermore (Maximum Ride, #8)
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299 Jade Darcy and the Affair o...
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299 The True Meaning of Smekday
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message 1: by Mary (new)

Mary J.D. Robb

any of "In Death" series


Em~Lost In A Dream~ IsTwilightScience Fiction or not?


message 3: by Amy (new)

Amy Erm Harry Potter is male. If you're voting on a list of books at least know what it is you're voting about for Pete's sake!

pro·tag·o·nist/prōˈtagənist/
Noun:

1.The leading character or a major character in a drama, movie, novel, or other fictional text.


message 4: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn How is Twilight Science Fiction...? It's more paranormal than anything else.


message 5: by Lauray24 (new)

Lauray24 Why is Harry Potter on this list?


message 6: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Popham While The Dispossessed is great scifi and does address gender equality issues, its protagonist is male - not sure why it's on the list.


message 7: by Eunice (last edited Apr 21, 2012 08:06PM) (new)

Eunice Biblioceraptor Some of these books are hardly sci-fi! Like any number of the ones with vampires in it. Do those vampires time-travel?
Or even if you want to argue it's sci-fi, then I can just get any fictional book and argue it has sf/f elements in it!
And then there's freakin'
Twilight (Twilight, #1) by Stephenie Meyer
and I can tell the people who voted for it don't even read sf/f and just want that accursed book on every list on goodreads!


message 8: by Eunice (new)

Eunice Biblioceraptor Emily~Boss 3~Chocoholic 6~Beast 9~^.^ wrote: "IsTwilightScience Fiction or not?"

No. So many times 'no'.


message 9: by Text (new)

Text Addict Too much fantasy on this "SF" list, such as: Twilight; Monstrous Regiment; Harry Potter; I Shall Wear Midnight; Boneshaker; Wicked; Behemoth; Airborn; The Raven Ring; The Paladin; God Stalk.

And that's not even mentioning the ones that are debatable. But I added 10 more actual SF books.


message 10: by Jessie (new)

Jessie I don't think House of Night should be on here either


message 11: by Cindy (new)

Cindy So, Emily, do you want me to remove the fantasy books from this list?

Also, some are steampunk, like Behemoth and Airborn. I could go either way on those. Want me to leave them or take them out?


message 12: by Craig (last edited Jul 30, 2012 02:48PM) (new)

Craig Fulton Emily~Boss 3~Chocoholic 6~Beast 9~^.^ wrote: "Is TwilightScience Fiction or not?"

Twilight is NOT science fiction.


message 13: by John (new)

John good


Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship Harry Potter, Twilight and Graceling have all crept back on....


message 15: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Removed those three, but there's a LOT of fantasy on here. The Diane Duane Wizard series is all more fantasy than sci-fi. Lots more creeping into pages 3 &4.


message 16: by Katlyn (new)

Katlyn Hello, I moderate a small YA group called Reading is Life YA and we're currently looking for new members! Our books this month (September 2012) are Switched by Amanda Hocking and Heist Society by Ally Carter. We're also taking suggestions for our October books. We'll welcome all new members! http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/7...


message 17: by Sasha (new)

Sasha  Mizaree (Reviews) Twilight isn't sci fi. The only genre it belongs in is "crap"


message 18: by Triv (new)

Triv S. Insurgent is a second book and Divergent is already there :-)


message 19: by Triv (new)

Triv S. Sasha wrote: "Twilight isn't sci fi. The only genre it belongs in is "crap""

Haha^^


message 20: by John (new)

John hahaha Twilight...

I added a bunch of Sci-Fi-Actual. :)


message 21: by John (new)

John Apparently I accidentally added some non-sci/fi too. ugh. Editing....
sorry!


message 22: by David (last edited May 04, 2013 01:19PM) (new)

David AFAICS none of the following books belong on this list.
Betrayals
Bite Me
Code Name: Silence
Coraline
Dealing with Dragons
Defiance
Demon Inhibitions
Fall of Eden
Heir to Power
High Wizardry
I Shall Wear Midnight
Jealousy
Mistborn
Monstrous Regiment
Mortal Abomination
Reckoning
Strange Angels
Wicked
Wolfwalker


message 23: by Clyde (last edited Mar 06, 2013 08:24AM) (new)

Clyde She's not the main protag, but Maya in the upcoming book "Memories With Maya" is worthy of a mention imho.

Disclaimer: The book is written by me.

**edit**
After considering the logic of Kelley's post below, I've deleted the link and what came across as blatant advertising for my book.
Maya will be a protagonist eventually...


message 24: by Kelley (new)

Kelley Ceccato I wish this list could come with a brief explanation of why each book has been voted on. Don't get me wrong; I love reading these lists, and clicking on the titles and covers that intrigue me in order to find out more about them; but a little too often I find myself shaking my head when I read the reviews, wondering, "What the heck is this book doing on this particular list?"
An example of this would be Zelazny's Lord of Light. First, the synopsis makes it abundantly clear that the protagonist is male. Second, none of the numerous reviews I read of the book even mentioned a female character by name. Third, more than one reviewer commented on the whiff of misogyny in the book, noting that female characters are few in number and painted in a negative light. Why, with all that, would this book be voted into inclusion on a "Best Science Fiction With a Female Protagonist" list?

This isn't the only instance. The Maze Runner is included also, and while no reviewer accuses this book of misogyny, the reviews do make clear that the protagonist is male and that while the female character is somewhat important, her role is actually very small.

These lists are a valuable resource. We should all value them highly enough to do what we can to keep them free of books that don't belong on them.


message 25: by Carla (new)

Carla Patterson I agree with so much of what people have written (esp. about Twilight from the Crap nebula).

Why aren't the following true sci fi books on the list?

The Adventures of Alyx and Picnic on Paradise (both by Joanna Russ)

The Color of Distance and Through Alien Eyes (both by Amy Thomson) - oh and Virtual Girl is another of hers which is good

Clay's Ark (by Octavia Butler - well, actually, everything by Octavia Butler!) ;)

The Shore of Women (Pamela Sargent)

So many more...


message 26: by Kelley (new)

Kelley Ceccato I think The Color of Distance actually is on this list. It has a substantial place in my TBR pile.

I found a few more that don't belong:

First, let me say that I adore Terry Pratchett, and I don't know of any, as in ANY male writer who creates stronger, smarter, funnier female protagonists than he. Entirely too often, when male writers attempt to create a "tough female," they make her humorless (which tends to render her unlikable), and Pratchett, God bless him, lets his kick-butt heroines be funny.

But Monstrous Regiment and I Shall Wear Midnight don't really belong on this list. Both are great books with wonderful female protagonists, but they're set in the Discworld, and the Discworld is fantasy, not science fiction. Fantasy tends to feature female protagonists a bit more often than science fiction does, so science fiction really needs its own list.

It is still bugging me that Lord of Light, which features a male protagonist and no sympathetic female characters at all (would it ever have occurred to Zelazny to create a female protag?), is higher on this list than Telzey Amberdon and Biting the Sun. I'd be grateful if someone could explain how/why.


message 27: by Sidonie (new)

Sidonie Kervau Amy wrote: "Erm Harry Potter is male. If you're voting on a list of books at least know what it is you're voting about for Pete's sake!

pro·tag·o·nist/prōˈtagənist/
Noun:

1.The leading character or a major c..."


Ever heard of Hermione? The main problem with Harry Potter is that the books aren't science-fiction.


message 28: by jennifer (new)

jennifer wow, thanks so much for this list peoples of goodreads. having started reading heavily again, i have been wondering if there are any strong female leads anywhere in sci-fi/fantasy. being the mother of 2 headstrong, teenage daughters, i have become particularly cognizant of how women are treated in literature. and man, is it pretty crappy. ive bookmarked this and the fantasy list and am eager to jump in and hopefully introduce my kids to some kick-ass women.


message 29: by Coolcurry (new)

Coolcurry Deleted for not being science fiction:
- Wicked
- I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
- Graceling
- Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
- Pegasus by Robin McKinley
- the Earthsea books
- Sheepfarmer's Daughter by Elizabeth Moon
- The Wheel of Time


message 30: by Erin (last edited Aug 14, 2014 08:01PM) (new)

Erin Why is Ruby Daly #280? She should be a lot higher on the list.


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