Best Sci Fi Books with Female Main Characters

This list features the best books in science fiction featuring great female protagonists.
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3.74 avg rating — 12,226 ratings
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4.37 avg rating — 11,297 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 1,745 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 16,997 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 2,097,583 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 6,406 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 103,803 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 109,872 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 20,384 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 23,685 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 228,922 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 201,507 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 42,019 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 2,441,083 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 3,973 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 71,160 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 496,557 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 3,495 ratings
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25

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4.03 avg rating — 40,121 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 7,558 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 111 ratings
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28

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4.23 avg rating — 47 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 10,534 ratings
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30

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4.15 avg rating — 34,992 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 572,582 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 59,538 ratings
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4.89 avg rating — 35 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 6,733 ratings
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35

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3.76 avg rating — 306 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 24,177 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 36,799 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 10,687 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 133,075 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 7,126 ratings
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41

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3.78 avg rating — 229 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 9,219 ratings
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43

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3.65 avg rating — 301 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 5,170 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 4,805 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 6,663 ratings
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47

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4.35 avg rating — 185 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 6,416 ratings
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49

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4.20 avg rating — 863 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 44 ratings
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4.82 avg rating — 34 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 100,561 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 7,815 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 532,051 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 26,147 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 14,375 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 77,791 ratings
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58

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3.77 avg rating — 182 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 5,674 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 102,196 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 1,900 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 3,537 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 20,840 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 4,640 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 48 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 3,046 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 85,901 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 2,483 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 712 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 15,405 ratings
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3.68 avg rating — 4,847 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 14,845 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 45 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 7,885 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 143,240 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 2,926 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 57,467 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 2,671 ratings
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3.65 avg rating — 9,125 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 12,853 ratings
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81

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4.24 avg rating — 1,697 ratings
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82

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3.57 avg rating — 102 ratings
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82

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3.76 avg rating — 227 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 11,272 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 10,165 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 3,233 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 8,911 ratings
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3.63 avg rating — 2,624 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 862 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 3,624 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 22,807 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 3,315 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 62 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 12,568 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 1,280 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 1,826 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 2,527 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 34,048 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 1,694 ratings
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836 books · 900 voters · list created July 18th, 2009 by Kevis Hendrickson (votes) .
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message 1: by Monique (new)

Monique How few!


message 2: by CaliGirlRae (new)

CaliGirlRae So true. Certainly there's more SF books to add with awesome main female characters!


Kagama-the Literaturevixen Isnt the Meljean Brooks book more of a steampunk?


message 4: by Dawn (new)

Dawn Dragondrums has a male protagonist, BTW (Piemur).

Nice list.


message 5: by Karen (new)

Karen Love the Tamora Pierce but that is fantasy isn't?


message 6: by Lou (new)

Lou Bell No Sarah Zettel, or did I miss one? Fool's War is a classic!


message 7: by Marne (new)

Marne Wilson By what stretch of the imagination is the Mists of Avalon a science fiction book?


message 8: by Kevis (new)

Kevis Hendrickson Marne wrote: "By what stretch of the imagination is the Mists of Avalon a science fiction book?"

Good question, Marne. I think that book warrants removal.


message 9: by Anastasia (new)

Anastasia I deleted a score of books which are fantasy:
- Birthgrave by Tanith Lee (happens to be my favorite book ever... still not scifi, although you could argue that point, it's classical pulp sword & sorcery)
- Tamora Pierce books
- Golden Compass books by Pullman
- Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
- Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly
- Godstalk by P.C. Hodgell (great book)


message 10: by Coolcurry (new)

Coolcurry I cleaned out some fantasy books
- Tamora Pierce books (someone post have added them back in after Anastasia deleted them)
- Golden Compass books by Pullman (ditto)
- The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley


message 11: by Amy (new)

Amy I also have to say the Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin is also a fantasy novel. Mrs. Le Guin did write a number of Sci Fi books though.


message 12: by David (new)

David Leemon Monique wrote: "How few!"

I thought of five books to add to the list.


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