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28 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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Andre Norton (first novel published in 1934)


Witch World: Estcarp Cycle

By Andre Norton

Leigh Brackett (first short story published in 1940)

The Nemesis from Terra

The Nemesis from Terra

By Leigh Brackett

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  • Leigh Brackett.

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Madeleine L'Engle (first book published in 1945)


A Wrinkle in Time

By Madeleine L'Engle

Anne McCaffrey (first stories published in the 1950s)

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By Anne McCaffrey

Ursula K. Le Guin (first published in 1962)

A Wizard of Earthsea


By Ursula K. Le Guin

Jane Yolen (first novel published in 1963)


Sister Light, Sister Dark

By Jane Yolen

Margaret Atwood (first book of poems published in 1964)

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The Handmaid's Tale

By Margaret Atwood

James Tiptree Jr.  (first story published in 1968)


Brightness Falls from the Air

By James Tiptree Jr.

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  • James Tiptree Jr. 

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Joanna Russ (first novel published in 1968)


And Chaos Died

By Joanna Russ

Vonda N. McIntyre (first short story published in 1970)


The King's Daughter

By Vonda N. McIntyre

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Connie Willis (first short story published in 1970)

Connie Willis Take a Look at the Five and Ten

Take a Look at the Five and Ten

By Connie Willis

 Tanith Lee (first novel published in 1971)


The Book of the Damned

By Tanith Lee

 Pamela Sargent (first book published in 1974)


The Shore of Women

By Pamela Sargent

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  • Pamela Sargent. 

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Octavia Butler (first novel published in 1976)


Parable of the Sower

By Octavia E. Butler

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 Jessica Amanda Salmonson (first collection published in 1978)


The Disfavored Hero

By Jessica Amanda Salmonson

 Pat Murphy (first story published in 1979)


The Falling Woman

By Pat Murphy

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  • Pat Murphy at Worldcon in Helsinki, 2017. 

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 Lisa Goldstein (first novel published in 1982)


The Red Magician

By Lisa Goldstein

Robin Hobb (first novel published in 1983)

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Assassin's Apprentice

By Robin Hobb

Tamora Pierce (first novel published in 1983)

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The Lioness Quartet

By Tamora Pierce

Nalo Hopkinson (first novel published in 1998)


The Salt Roads

By Nalo Hopkinson

Kameron Hurley (first short story published in 1998)

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God's War

By Kameron Hurley

Jo Walton (first novel published in 2003)

Among Others

Among Others

By Jo Walton

Nnedi Okorafor (first novel published in 2005)

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By Nnedi Okorafor

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  • Nnedi Okorafor. 

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Charlie Jane Anders (first novel published in 2005)


All the Birds in the Sky

By Charlie Jane Anders

N.K. Jemisin (first short fiction published in 2005)

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The Fifth Season

By N.K. Jemisin

Silvia Moreno Garcia (first short fiction published in 2006)

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Mexican Gothic

By Silvia Moreno Garcia

Ann Leckie (first short story published in 2006)

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Ancillary Justice

By Ann Leckie

Rebecca Roanhorse (first short story published in 2017)

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Black Sun

By Rebecca Roanhorse