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Bold the women by whom you own books (I’m assuming this includes books or magazines edited by people who are not fiction writers).
Italicize those by whom you’ve read something of (short stories count)
*Star those you don’t recognize

Andre Norton
C. L. Moore
Evangeline Walton
Leigh Brackett
Judith Merril
Joanna Russ
Margaret St. Clair
Katherine MacLean
Carol Emshwiller

Marion Zimmer Bradley
Zenna Henderson
Madeline L’Engle

Angela Carter
Ursula LeGuin
Anne McCaffrey
Diana Wynne Jones
Kit Reed
James Tiptree, Jr.

Rachel Pollack
Jane Yolen

Marta Randall
Eleanor Arnason
Ellen Asher
Patricia A. McKillip

Suzy McKee Charnas
Lisa Tuttle
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Tanith Lee
Pamela Sargent
Jayge Carr
Vonda McIntyre

Octavia E. Butler
Kate Wilhelm
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Sheila Finch
Mary Gentle
Jessica Amanda Salmonson
C. J. Cherryh
Joan D. Vinge
Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Ellen Kushner
Ellen Datlow
Nancy Kress
Pat Murphy
Lisa Goldstein
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Mary Turzillo*
Connie Willis

Barbara Hambly
Nancy Holder
Sheri S. Tepper
Melissa Scott
Margaret Atwood
Lois McMaster Bujold
Jeanne Cavelos
Karen Joy Fowler
Leigh Kennedy
Judith Moffett
Rebecca Ore
Emma Bull

Pat Cadigan
Kathyrn Cramer
Laura Mixon
Eileen Gunn
Elizabeth Hand
Kij Johnson*
Delia Sherman

Elizabeth Moon
Michaela Roessner
Terri Windling
Sharon Lee
Sherwood Smith
Katherine Kurtz
Margo Lanagan
Laura Resnick
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Sheila Williams

Farah Mendlesohn
Gwyneth Jones
Ardath Mayhar
Esther Friesner
Debra Doyle*
Nicola Griffith
Amy Thomson
Martha Wells
Catherine Asaro
Kate Elliott

Kathleen Ann Goonan
Shawna McCarthy
Caitlin Kiernan*
Maureen McHugh

Cheryl Morgan
Nisi Shawl
Mary Doria Russell

Kage Baker
Kelly Link

Nancy Springer
J. K. Rowling
Nalo Hopkinson

Ellen Klages
Tanarive Due
M. Rickert*
Theodora Goss*
Mary Anne Mohanraj
S. L. Viehl*
Jo Walton

Kristine Smith*
Deborah Layne*
Cherie Priest
Wen Spencer
K. J. Bishop
Catherynne M. Valente
Elizabeth Bear
Ekaterina Sedia
Naomi Novik

Mary Robinette Kowal
Ann VanderMeer

Which means I currently own and have read books/stories/zines with material by over 70 of these women, and have read stuff written by a dozen more (by most of whom I have owned books that have subsequently been culled as not to my taste or standards of perceived quality). There are 30 authors whose work I don’t remember having read, of which 9 have totally unrecognised names. There’s a rough chronology of careers in there for the names I do recognise, and I’ve read many more books by the ones who started earlier. There may also (!) be some social or literary clustering - is there a Wiscon theme in here?

In fact, what is the theme in here? If it's women writers of fantasy and sf there are so many missing names. Just the ones I can see from here without getting up: Joan Aiken, Gill Alderman, Patricia Anthony, Susanna Clarke, Jo Clayton, Jane Gaskell, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Rosemary Harris, Amanda Hemingway, Cecilia Holland, Shirley Jackson, Janet Kagan, Doris Lessing, Megan Lindholm, Elizabeth Lynn, Jan Mark, Laurie J. Marks, Naomi Mitchison, Robin McKinley, Janet Morris, Barbara Paul, Marge Piercy, Justina Robson, Josephine Saxton, Mary Stewart, Tricia Sullivan, Steph Swainston, Fay Weldon. If I went carefully along my shelves I could probably add another couple of dozen, and if I browsed the SFF library shelves at least another couple of dozen more.

So I'm annoyed, and quite can't see the point, but having done all this work I'm posting anyway. Pah!


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22nd Jun, 2010 13:10 (UTC)
It comes from this; Sandra McDonald is also blogging about all the writers on the list. I don't think the selection criteria were particularly more stringent than "women sf writers she likes", though that probably explains the Wiscon bias.
22nd Jun, 2010 16:11 (UTC)
Right. Thank you. I am now much better informed and rather less miffed.

Although I do regret missing all these fascinating conversations happening without me.
22nd Jun, 2010 15:03 (UTC)
At least it gives me a chance to tell you that marthawells is one of my favorite writers. I recommend starting with The Death of the Necromancer.
22nd Jun, 2010 16:14 (UTC)
I do like LJ/t'interweb for conversations like this one. I just wish I had a hope of reading all the books that come my way via it. I'll add Wells to my pick up list, and thank you.
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