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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? 

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Alice Mary Norton

Pen Name: Andre Norton

The Time Traders

The Time Traders

By Andre Norton

Alice Sheldon

Pen Name: James Tiptree, Jr.

Brightness Falls from the Air

Brightness Falls from the Air

By James Tiptree Jr.

Patricia Murphy

Pen Name: Pat Murphy

The Falling Woman

The Falling Woman

By Pat Murphy

Megan Lindholm

Pen Name: Robin Hobb

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Assassin's Fate

By Robin Hobb

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