Female Sci Fi Authors

female sci fi writers

The above linked article talks about how male authors dominate the Sci Fi industry, but some women have had success.  I have read All systems Red, by Martha Wells, part of the Murderbot Diaries.  I did enjoy it.  I have The City of Brass on my list, and The Bear and the Nightingale is there, too.

I’ve copied part of the article by Tirzah Price here, to show the authors’ names.  I have faith that they will continue to write such strong stories.


01. N. K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin made history by winning the Hugo Award three years in a row for The Fifth SeasonThe Obelisk Gate, and The Stone Sky, a trilogy about a world breaking apart and a displaced group of people with the power to save it. She’s also the author of the Inheritance trilogy, which begins with The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and follows an ostracized woman shocked to be named heir to the kingdom, and The Killing Moon, a murder mystery about a kingdom where sleep magic is revered. Jemisin’s newest book is a collection of speculative stories called How Long ‘Til Black Future Month?.

02. Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee is the author of both YA and adult sci-fi and fantasy. She’s written Zeroboxer, about a rising star in the weightless boxing world who stumbles upon a criminal conspiracy. Exo and its sequel, Cross Fire, are set in a world where an alien race has taken over the human world; protagonist Donovan is okay with it—until anti-alien terrorists kidnap him and the fate of the galaxy depends on his staying alive. Jade City is an Asian-inspired fantasy set in a world where jade is currency and a force for focusing magical powers; when jade becomes a little too accessible, it sets off a clan war. The sequel, Jade War, is expected in July 2019.

03. Naomi Novik

Naomi Novik is the fantasy author of the Temeraire series, which reimagines the Napoleonic Wars—with dragons. The first in the six-book series is His Majesty’s Dragon. Most recently, Novik penned the award-winning fantasy novels Uprooted and Spinning Silver, which are loose retellings of the fairy tales Beauty and the Beast and RumpelstiltskinUprooted won the Nebula Award and was a Hugo Award finalist; Spinning Silver was a Nebula Award finalist.

04. Martha Wells

Martha Wells is the author of the wildly popular novella series The Murderbot Diaries, which includes All Systems RedArtificial ConditionRogue ProtocolExit Strategy, and a forthcoming novel. She’s also the writer of the fantasy series Books of the Raksura, about an orphan shape-shifter who discovers he’s not alone in the world—but he’s also the only one able to save his newfound family. The first book is The Cloud Roads.

05. Leigh Bardugo

Arguably the reigning queen of YA fantasy, Leigh Bardugo has written many books set in her Grishaverse. Shadow and Bone introduces readers to Ravka, a war-torn country marred with a swath of darkness that contains monsters. Six of Crows is a fantasy heist novel about six misfits who find themselves in the middle of an international conspiracy, and King of Scars is the first in a new duology that follows the events of the Shadow and Bone trilogy. Bardugo has also written The Language of Thorns, a collection of short stories set in the Grishaverse. Her debut adult fantasy novel, Ninth House, will be released in fall 2019.

06. Nnedi Okorafor

Dr. Nnedi Okorafor is a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning fantasy and science fiction novelist, as well as a scholar. She has written the Binti trilogy, a powerful saga of a girl who is the first of her people to attend Oomza University in another galaxy, only to have her journey derailed by a terrible animosity between the university and an enemy species. For teens, she’s written Akata Witch, about a Nigerian-American girl with magical powers who joins a school of other magically gifted teens who soon find themselves pitted against a magical criminal. She’s also written Who Fears Death, a novel set in post-apocalyptic Africa, about a young woman born as the sole survivor of her people’s genocide—who is destined to become their savior.

07. Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire is a prolific author of fantasy and science fiction, both under her name and the name Mira Grant. She’s the author of The October Daye novels, the first of which is Rosemary & Rue. It’s about half-fae, half-human October Daye, who is pulled into the fae world to investigate the death of a faerie countess. She’s also written the Wayward Children series, about a school for children who’ve slipped into other worlds and need a little help readjusting to this one; the first book is Every Heart a Doorway. As Mira Grant, McGuire wrote Feed, about a zombie apocalypse born of an attempt to cure cancer. Her newest novel is Middlegame, a fantasy about twins Roger and Dodger—one skilled with words, the other with numbers—and the man who created them.

08. Becky Chambers

Becky Chambers is the author of Wayfarers series, beginning with The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, which was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. It’s about a woman named Rosemary Harper, who settles in for some distraction from her past aboard the Wayfarer ship, easily entertained by the eccentric crew. But when a job offer with a huge payoff and potentially fatal risks comes through, Rosemary gets way more than she bargained for. A Closed and Common Orbit and Record of a Spaceborn Few are stand-alone sequels set in the same universe.

09. S. A. Chakraborty

S. A. Chakraborty is an exciting new voice in fantasy. Her debut novel is The City of Brass, set in a magical 18th-century Cairo. When protagonist Nahri accidentally summons a djinn during one of the harmless cons she plays to survive, she discovers a legendary city of brass called Daevabad and stumbles into the middle of long-simmering unease between the djinns. The sequel, The Kingdom of Copper, continues Nahri’s adventures; a third book in the trilogy is forthcoming.

10. Katherine Arden

Katherine Arden‘s fantasy debut is The Bear and the Nightingale, a fantasy set in imperial Russia that explores the tensions between old magic and new Christianity in a tiny, snowy village. It incorporates many classic fairy tale elements and is followed by The Girl in the Tower and The Winter of the Witch. Katherine also writes spooky fantasy for kids. Her first middle-grade novel is Small Spaces, about a girl who encounters deadly scarecrows when her bus breaks down on a field trip. A sequel is set for fall 2019!

January 2019

I think I am going to try to finish some halfway finished books in the month of January 2019.

Their eyes were watching God Started but not finished for book club over the summer.

Holiday princess overdue library book

The Affliction  Written by a coworker.  I want to get a review up sooner than later.

Curse of the Lord of darkness The first book I received to read and review.  Haven’t read it yet, so I need to review it.


Baby steps in goal setting

My reading goal for 2019 is 75 books. I was asked why. Because I didn’t have a lot of trouble with 62 books in 2018. The 62 was chosen as a book a week, plus ten audiobooks. I fell behind for a while because of lack of concentration after my surgery. I caught up and surpassed my goal.

I feel that a goal should be a challenge, but not unattainable. Sure, I could set my goal for 1 book for the year, and meet it almost immediately, but there’s no challenge in that. I’d finish right away and be bored the rest of the year.

One of my Goodreads friends set a 2018 goal of 2018 books. She read 10. That’s not even close. Why set such an unattainable goal? Six ish books a day? Not going to happen, really.

I do have friends who set their goal over 100. I am not yet that brave. That would stress me out, so I add to my goal little bits at a time. I met that goal, next year try a little more. Maybe in a couple of years, I’ll be over 100. Not this one.

My retiree friends have 365 books set as a goal. And make it by early December. Please note… retiree. I don’t make time for a book a day yet. Maybe one day.

75 books in 2019. I think it’s doable for me. As those of you who read me frequently know, I have many halfway finished, so I have a little head start. I can do this!


I met my reading goal for 2018. In fact, I exceeded it. I slowed down on the reading because of it. I shouldn’t, but I did.

Last night, I ended up going to sleep before 8 pm. My eyes were just too tired to read. Couldn’t focus on anything. So I just bundled up and slept. I will get back to it today.

Reader’s block

Sometimes, I just don’t know where to start. I have time to read. I have plenty of reading material. I just can’t decide.

I have my Kindles full of books. Never a shortage, even if I don’t have the Kindle that I want, whichever one I have has something on it that’s worth reading.

I have a big stack of books to choose from. Sometimes nothing looks appealing. Sometimes they all look appealing and I can’t decide where to start.

I always have several books started. Sometimes, I’m slow at picking one up again. I simply can’t decide.

Sometimes, it’s that I’m too tired. Sometimes, it’s that I’m too overwhelmed. Sometimes, I’m just too busy. And, mostly, it’s just that the decision isn’t being made.

If someone picked one for me when I’m in the middle of reader’s block, I still wouldn’t feel like reading it. It just happens sometimes. Like writer’s block, you just have work your way through it and read something. Facebook articles don’t count. Sorry.

Rearranging and projects

It’s been raining here. We have dogs. Therefore, we have muddy paws coming into the house. Occasionally, those muddy paws take a detour. That happened this week, so I had muddy foot prints on my bedding. I get to wash them a day early.

I am supposed to be finishing my book for sci fi bookclub, but I keep adding to the agenda. I am getting the book read, but slowly. I have one thing on the agenda that needs to be done at a certain time, but everything else is fluid.

I read a chapter, did a task, read some more. I got laundry done, my room rearranged, my glasses were found. The tasks mostly got done, but the reading didn’t get finished. I got to my dinner on time, mostly because my co-worker offered to drive if I went to her house first.

Cutting it close

Spinning Silver is supposed to be finished by book club on Sunday. Because it’s a paper book, I tend to not read it during my insomnia bouts during the night. I have basically just started it, and it’s going to be a close deadline.

It’s an interesting book so far, but that’s not the issue. It’s a busy week this week, and I’ve been running around crazy. By the time I get home, I’m ready for bed. I am making an attempt at a chapter a day until I have time on the weekend to spend time with it and finish it. Wish me luck!