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Scifi / Fantasy News > 200 Significant Science Fiction Books by Women, 1984–2001

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message 1: by Mark (new)

Mark (markmtz) | 2297 comments

A list from the NY Review of SF. The author, David G. Hartwell, says "I restricted myself to works of science fiction (which eliminates certain works valued by the sf audience but published out of genre or specifically as horror or as fantasy), and novels and single author collections only, not anthologies. This list includes most of the nominees and winners of the major awards during the period but is not limited to them, nor does it include every last one. Every book here appeared on some “best of the year” or award nomination list."

message 2: by Lit Bug (new)

Lit Bug | 287 comments This was a very good list, Mark... But could you please post names of a few feminist cyberpunk/sf dystopias that I could use for my Ph.D.??? Thanks...

message 4: by Dharmakirti (new)

Dharmakirti | 942 comments Thanks for the link, I've saved it for future reference.

message 5: by Tamahome (new)

Tamahome | 6196 comments How about some lesbian science fiction?

message 6: by kvon (new)

kvon | 562 comments I always think of Wilhelmina Baird when I think of feminist cyberpunk. Although twenty years later I can't remember how feminist it was...

message 7: by Doug (new)

Doug Hoffman (dshoffman) | 62 comments Very surprised The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell didn't make that list! Great book, very thoughtful, with a decent sequel, too. They're also missing Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okafor, which dealt with genocide, genital mutilation, and female empowerment.

message 8: by Doug (new)

Doug Hoffman (dshoffman) | 62 comments Oops! Both of those books were post-2001. My bad.

message 9: by Emily (new)

Emily (ecdahl) | 3 comments This list is amazing! Thanks for sharing, Mark. Does anyone know of any good round-up lists for 2002-2012?...

message 10: by Mark (new)

Mark (markmtz) | 2297 comments @Emily: I haven't seen a list for more recent years, but it looks like an effort is underway to build one. Take a look at for more info.

message 11: by Emily (new)

Emily (ecdahl) | 3 comments Nice! Thanks again, Mark!

message 12: by Lit Bug (new)

Lit Bug | 287 comments I wonder how they left out Marge Piercy and Lyda Morehouse - they are formidable SF writers!

message 13: by Tamahome (last edited May 31, 2013 05:53AM) (new)

Tamahome | 6196 comments Kind of a play on the Gollancz book series SF Masterworks:

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