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June 4th, 2010

Women Writers of SF/F

Here I am, packed, ready, and waiting for the car to pick me up at 5:30.  So I'm going to do something I never do (what, never?  Well, hardly ever.) and give you a meme, gakked from maryrobinette.

Lordy, this list brings back memories. I've been in this business a while.  I remember writing a short story called "The Feathery Bride," a Texas tall-tale, and sending it to Ardath Mayhar to check over for dialect clunkers what.  I think Sharon Lee and Steve Miller were up for the Campbell the same year I was.  Who did I lose to?  Michaela Rossner?  Or am I conflating it with the first-novel Campbell that Through A Brazen Mirror lost to Walkabout Woman in 1989?  And I remember Evangeline Walton, who wrote the towering retellings of the Welsh myths in the Island of the Mighty and its sequels.  I met her when she was in her early 80's, sitting in a wheelchair, her skin a lovely (and startling) slate blue from silver nitrate treatments for bronchitis when she was a child, glowing white hair, and a sharp eye.  I was too overwhelmed to do anything but squeal " I LOVED Island of the Mighty!" and she smiled graciously.  It must have been at the Tucson WFC in 1991.  And Madeline L'Engle gave me my Mythopoeic Award for Porcelain Dove, which felt a lot like being knighted by the Queen.  Do go read the work of some of the unfamiliar, older names.  Theirs are the shoulders we are standing on, and they are strong, beautiful shoulders indeed.

Bold the women by whom you own books
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 (should be bold, but the formatting doesn't show)
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 (should be bold, but for some reason the formatting doesn't show up)
Lois McMaster Bujold ( " )

Jeanne Cavelos  ( " )
Karen Joy Fowler
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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 (Should be bold, etc.)

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