The Reading List

This list of science fiction by women is a work in progress. New authors will be added to the list as they are profiled on this site.

Eleanor ArnasonRing of Swords; A Woman of the Iron People

Kate AtkinsonLife After Life

Margaret AtwoodThe Handmaid’s Talethe MaddAddam trilogy: Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Floodand MaddAddam

Elizabeth BearJenny Casey series: Hammered, Scardown, and WorldWired; Jacob’s Ladder trilogy: Dust, Chill, and Grail

Lauren BeukesThe Shining Girls; Zoo City

Karin BoyeKallocain

Lois McMaster BujoldVorkosigan series: Falling Free, Shards of Honor, The Warrior’s Apprentice, etc.

Emma BullFreedom and Necessity; Bone Dance

Katharine BurdekinSwastika Night; The End of This Day’s Business

Octavia ButlerBloodchild and Other Stories; Kindred; Parable of the Sower and sequel Parable of the Talents; Fledgling; Lilith’s Brood; Seed to Harvest; Unexpected Stories

Pat CadiganSynners; Tea from an Empty Cup; Mindplayers

C. J. CherryhDownbelow Station; Foreigner; Cyteen (all of these represent long series)

Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games trilogyThe Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay

Ariel DjanikianThe Office of Mercy

Daphne du MaurierThe House on the Strand

Suzette Haden ElginNative Tongue; The Judas Rose; Earthsong

Kelly EskridgeSolitaire

Karen Joy FowlerSarah Canary

Charlotte Perkins GilmanHerland

Mira Grant/Seanan McGuireNewsflesh trilogy: Feed, Deadline, and Blackout

Nicola GriffithAmmonite; Slow River

Sarah HallDaughters of the North

Katherine Amt HannaBreakdown

Jean HeglandInto the Forest

Ninni HolmqvistThe Unit

Emmi ItärantaMemory of Water

P.D. JamesThe Children of Men

Liz JensenThe Rapture; My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time; The Uninvited

Hillary JordanWhen She Woke

Nancy KressSleepless series: Beggars in Spain, Beggars and Choosers, and Beggars Ride

Madeleine L’EngleThe Time Quintet: A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time

Ann LeckieImperial Radch trilogy: Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, and Ancillary Mercy

Ursula K. Le GuinThe Left Hand of Darkness; The Dispossessed; The Lathe of Heaven; The Word for World Is Forest; The Telling; Always Coming Home; Four Ways to Forgiveness; Worlds of Exile and Illusion; The Unreal and the Real

Karen LordThe Best of All Possible Worlds

Emily St. John MandelStation Eleven

Anne McCaffrey: Dragonriders of Pern series: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, etc.

Maureen F. McHughChina Mountain Zhang; Half the Day Is Night; Mission Child

Elizabeth MoonThe Speed of Dark; Remnant Population

Pat MurphyThe Falling Woman; The City Not Long After

Claire NorthThe First Fifteen Lives of Harry August; Touch

Nnedi OkoraforWho Fears Death; The Book of Phoenix

Jennifer PellandUnwelcome Bodies; Machine

Marge PiercyWoman on the Edge of Time; He, She and It

Cherie PriestClockwork Century series: Boneshaker, Clementine, Dreadnought, Ganymede, The Inexplicables, Fiddlehead

Joanna RussThe Female Man; We Who Are About to…

Mary Doria RussellThe Sparrow and sequel Children of God

Melissa Scott: Trouble and Her Friends; Dreamships; Burning Bright; Shadow Man

Mary ShelleyFrankenstein; The Last Man

Joan SlonczewskiThe Elysium Cycle: A Door Into Ocean, Daughter of Elysium, The Children Star, Brain Plague

Sheri S. TepperGrass; The Gate to Women’s Country; The Family Tree; Singer from the Sea

James Tiptree, Jr.Her Smoke Rose Up Forever; Brightness Falls from the Air

Genevieve ValentineMechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti

Joan D. VingeThe Snow Queen series: The Snow Queen, World’s End, The Summer Queen, Tangled Up in Blue

Jo WaltonAmong Others; Small Change trilogy: Farthing, Ha’penny, and Half a Crown; My Real Children

Claire Vaye WatkinsGold Fame Citrus

Kate WilhelmWhere Late the Sweet Birds Sang; Juniper Time

Connie WillisDoomsday Book; To Say Nothing of the Dog; Bellwether; Blackout and All Clear; Passage

M. K. WrenA Gift Upon the Shore; Phoenix Legacy series: Sword of the Lamb, Shadow of the Swan, and House of the Wolf

Sarah ZettelFool’s War

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