10 Female SF/F Authors and the Stories Behind Their Pen Names

Do you know the true identities of the authors penning your favorite science fiction and fantasy novels? For years, female writers have adopted male pseudonyms to get more eyes on their work.

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Alice Mary Norton

Pen Name: Andre Norton

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The Time Traders

By Andre Norton

Alice Sheldon

Pen Name: James Tiptree, Jr.

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Brightness Falls from the Air

By James Tiptree Jr.

Patricia Murphy

Pen Name: Pat Murphy

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The Falling Woman

By Pat Murphy

Megan Lindholm

Pen Name: Robin Hobb

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Assassin's Fate

By Robin Hobb

Joanne Rowling

Pen Name: J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

By J.K. Rowling

Carolyn Janice Cherry

Pen Name: C.J. Cherryh

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Downbelow Station

By C.J. Cherryh

Margaret St. Clair

Pen Name: Idris Seabright

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Sign of the Labrys

By Margaret St. Clair

Christina Lynch and Meg Howrey

Pen Name: Magnus Flyte

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City of Dark Magic

By Magnus Flyte

Pamela Lyndon Travers

Pen Name: P.L. Travers

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Mary Poppins

By P.L. Travers

Anne Rice

Pen Name: A.N. Roquelaure

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The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

By A.N. Roquelaure