by Sara N.
Looking for a new author to pick up? Have I got some suggestions for you.
Last week, I asked you all to list your favorite female sci fi/fantasy authors in an effort to shake off the bad ju ju from recent news stories. And boy, did you ever. All told, the commenters and my own suggestions created a list of 107 female authors, a few of whom aren't strictly speaking SF/F, but hey, we're all friends here.
I've compiled all of the suggestions into an alphabetized list. Save it, print it, take it to the bookstore with you this weekend. (Because I couldn't handle the non-roundness of the final number, I added Divergent's Veronica Roth so we could make it to 108.)
Behold the crazy long list:
(Authors recommended by more than one commenter are starred.)
Lois McMaster Bujold*
Mary Janice Davidson
Laurell K Hamilton*
Kim Harrison *
Diana Wynne Jones
Mary Robinette Kowal*
Mercedes Lackey *
Karen Marie Moning
Sheri S Tepper
I don't know about you, but that's a list full of authors I've read and loved, authors I've read and didn't love, and authors I've never heard of but would love to read. (I have to admit, I was surprised that vampire queen Anne Rice didn't get mentioned. But I'm also OK with that because as it turns out, Anne Rice is kind of a dick.)
Still don't see your favorite female author on the list? Let me know in the comments, and I'll get her added!