I have been searching for a new reading and writing project for some time. Then it occurred to me that my favorite genre has become science fiction or — possibly more accurately — speculative fiction, especially the sub-genres that include dystopias, post-apocalypse, futurology, and alternate history, as well as traditional sci-fi like space exploration, alien worlds, and time travel. And I have always enjoyed the work of women writers.
But I have never systematically set out to read science fiction written by women. Let’s admit it: female sci-fi authors don’t exactly dominate the bookshelves or the “best of” lists. Yet among my favorite authors are Ursula K. Le Guin, Octavia Butler, and Margaret Atwood, and I am convinced that there is a lot of quality science fiction written by women to be read.
So I decided to seek out, read, and blog about science fiction by women, especially new science fiction. I’ll also post news about women in sci-fi, including television and film as well as books, as I come across it.
I hope you enjoy this blogging project, and please post any suggestions for what I should read next in the comments.
A sister project about women writing horror and dark fiction is here: Noir Femme. I also write a book review blog called Books Worth Reading and a general geeky blog under my name, Shannon Turlington. If you like this blog, please pay those a visit. You can also follow me on Google+ for even more writing and reading links.
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