Saturday, June 23, 2012

Reading Great Female Sci-fi/ Fantasy authors

The Greatest Female Sci-fi/Fantasy authors of all time

I came across this article, and it inspired me to read these authors, as they are almost all authors that I have never actually read. I have heard of most of them, but have for a long time steered clear of any Sci-fi or Fantasy books, especially world-building ones. The one author on the list I have read is Madeleine L'Engle, but it's been a long time, so she deserves to be read again.

However, as an adult I have read and enjoyed Tolkien, and really delved into Urban Fantasy. I have several contemporary authors that I really like, but most of the authors on this list are older and have been publishing since the 1950s and 1960s.

I personally thought one glaring omission from this list is Anne McCaffery. She is an author that my mom loves and I rebelled against, but I did enjoy the two series I read by her when I was younger.

So, here is the list I am planning to tackle, in no particular order:

Stranger Things Happen: Stories  by Kelly Link

Lilith's Brood by Octavia Butler

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories by Angela Carter

Shadowdance also by Angela Carter

and the following are books I will be reading in Kindle format:

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

Shikasta by Doris Lessing

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Of course, before I jump into this list, I have to finish the book I just started, the 13 1/2 lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers.