25 Impactful Female Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors

These authors are just a few of the important voices in the sci-fi and fantasy community who have brought us strong, feminist characters.

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Octavia Butler

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Parable of the Sower

By Octavia E. Butler

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 Tanith Lee 

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The Book of the Damned

By Tanith Lee

James Tiptree Jr.  

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Brightness Falls from the Air

By James Tiptree Jr.

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 Lisa Goldstein 

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The Red Magician

By Lisa Goldstein

Jane Yolen  

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Sister Light, Sister Dark

By Jane Yolen

 Pat Murphy  

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The Falling Woman

By Pat Murphy

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 Jessica Amanda Salmonson  

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The Disfavored Hero

By Jessica Amanda Salmonson

 Pamela Sargent  

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The Shore of Women

By Pamela Sargent

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Andre Norton

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Witch World: Estcarp Cycle

By Andre Norton

Nalo Hopkinson 

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The Salt Roads

By Nalo Hopkinson

Margaret Atwood  

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The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood

Anne McCaffrey

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Dragonflight

By Anne McCaffrey

Kameron Hurley  

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God's War

By Kameron Hurley

Nnedi Okorafor  

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Binti

By Nnedi Okorafor

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Ursula K. Le Guin  

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Earthsea

By Ursula K. Le Guin

Joanna Russ  

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And Chaos Died

By Joanna Russ

Rebecca Roanhorse

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Black Sun

By Rebecca Roanhorse

Connie Willis

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Take a Look at the Five and Ten

By Connie Willis

Silvia Moreno Garcia 

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Mexican Gothic

By Silvia Moreno Garcia

Charlie Jane Anders

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All the Birds in the Sky

By Charlie Jane Anders

Tamora Pierce

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The Lioness Quartet

By Tamora Pierce

N.K. Jemisin

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The Fifth Season

By N.K. Jemisin

Ann Leckie

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Ancillary Justice

By Ann Leckie

Caitlin R. Kiernan

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Silk

By Caitlin R. Kiernan

Robin Hobb 

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Assassin's Apprentice

By Robin Hobb