Friday, May 3, 2013

A Lenghty List of all of your Favorite Female SF/F Authors

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.)

C.T. Adams 
Ann Aguirre 
Ilona Andrews 
Zoe Archer 
Kelly Armstrong 
Keri Arthur 
Margaret Atwood
Brunonia Barry
Amber Belldene 
Laura Bickle
Anne Bishop
Jaid Black 
Holly Black 
Marie Brennan 
Patricia Briggs
Lois McMaster Bujold*
Emma Bull
Lindsay Buroker
Jaci Burton 
Gail Carriger*
Kristin Cashore*
Susanna Clarke
Kresley Cole 
Suzanne Collins
Susan Cooper*
Mary Janice Davidson
Alyssa Day 
Jeanne DuPrau
Cynthia Eden 
Kate Elliot
Christine Feehan 
Kaja Foglio 
Cornelia Funke
Yasmine Galnorn 
Mira Grant
Kate Griffin
Barbara Hambly 
Laurell K Hamilton*
Lori Handeland 
Deborah Harkness
Molly Harper 
Charlaine Harris 
Kim Harrison *
Morgan Hawke 
Robin Hobb 
Andrea Host 
Faith Hunter 
Larissa Ione
Diana Wynne Jones
Stacia Kane
Laura Kaye 
Stacey Kennedy 
Sherrilyn Kenyon 
Angela Knight 
Mary Robinette Kowal*
Madeline L'Engle 
Mercedes Lackey *
Rosalie Lario 
Shelly Laurenston 
Sharon Lee 
Lora Leigh 
Sophie Littlefield 
Lois Lowry
Katie MacAllister 
Heather Massey 
Anne McCaffrey*
Cheyanne McCray 
Seanan McGuire
Maureen McHugh
Patricia McKillip 
Robin McKinley*
Marissa Meyer 
Karen Marie Moning 
Devon Monk
Elizabeth Moon*
Chloe Neill 
Naomi Novik*
Robin Owens 
Nicole Peeler 
Vicki Pettersson 
Tamora Pierce
Kalayna Price 
Cherie Priest
Jennifer Rardin
J.D. Robb 
Veronica Roth
J.K. Rowling
Lynsay Sands 
Maria Schneider 
Gena Showalter 
Linnea Sinclair 
Nalini Singh 
Susan Sizemore 
Tricia Skinner 
Beatrice Small 
Maria Snyder
Kerrilyn Sparks 
Caroline Stevermer 
Sheri S Tepper
Catherynne Valente
J.R. Ward*
Martha Wells 
Alayna Williams
Lauren Willig 
Connie Willis 
Kathleen Woodweis 
Patricia Wrede
Jane Yolen

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! 
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  1. Consider me as another vote for Marissa Meyer!! Seriously, Cinder and Scarlet are both fantastic.

    Also, Jennifer L. Nielsen. The False Prince is a really great book.

    1. I really need to pick up Cinder. I've heard many good things.

  2. Oops, be careful what you say about Anne Rice or she might sic her horde of rabid fans on you.

    Wow, that's a lot of authors to get caught up on. I just discovered Elizabeth Moon last year. She had me hooked from page one, which is pretty rare. I read five of her books in a row.

    1. Ha! Yeah, we'd better keep it down over here.

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    1. Funny! My husband just reread his favorite series of hers and encouraged me to pick them up, too. I'll have to do that. :)

  4. In alphabetical order, some surprising omissions: Rachel Aaron, Tanya Huff, and Michelle Sagara (West). I love these ladies... I know I'm forgetting someone else too and it saddens me...

  5. You should add Marjorie Liu and Pamela Dean.

  6. Not exactly new, but since people like Anne McCaffery are there, what about Marion Zimmer Bradley (Darkover series, etc), or Andre Norton (Witchworld), James Tiptree Jr/Alice B Sheldon, Diana Paxton, Katherine Kurtz (Deryni series), Katherine Kerr, CL Moore (Jirel of Joiry short stories), Hope Mirlees (Lud-in-the-Mist) and from the Star Trek stable, DC Fontana and Diane Duane?