Top 10 Science Fiction Books by Female Authors

-posted by Amanda H.

In 2015 I made it a priority to read more science fiction and more books by female authors. As you may have guessed, the overlap between the two is woefully small (but growing!). For my Top 10 list, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite science fiction books by female authors, many of which I read for the first time this year. They are in no particular order, as I am bad at picking favorites.

1. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. This is the first book in the MaddAddam trilogy, a story that takes place in a dystopian future where humanity is wiped out and replaced with a perfectly engineered race of man.

2. Theodore Savage by Cicely Hamilton. This public domain dystopian novel is about how society crumbles due to war and refugee displacement. It’s still relevant today, and to think that this was written by a woman in 1922!

3. Kindred by Octavia Butler is a historical time-travel novel about an African American woman who goes back and forth from her home in the 1970s and the plantation where her ancestors lived, pre-Civil War.

4. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin. This novel is about a physicist that travels to a neighboring planet to work on temporal theory and ends up navigating a very different way of life. Le Guin’s stories are always densely packed with science, social commentary, and philosophy.

5. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. This winner of the 2014 Hugo Award is the first book in a trilogy by Leckie about a galactic conflict thousands of years in the future.

6. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. This 1999 Hugo award winner is about a time traveler from 2057 who breaks the rules of the time continuum by bringing home a cat from the Victorian era.

7. Farthing by Jo Walton. This Nebula Award nominated book is the first in a series about an alternate history in which England made peace with Germany in World War II and the U.S. never entered the conflict.

8. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award and was a 2014 National Book Award Finalist. This is the story of a traveling group of actors searching for humanity in the aftermath of a societal collapse.

9. Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre. Winner of the 1979 Hugo Award, this book explores a post-apocalyptic earth with strange biotechnology and tribalism. The dreamsnake is a snake that can cause LSD-type hallucinations with its venom.

10. And of course I had to include A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle, the classic children’s novel about space travel and defeating an ancient evil. I’ve read this many times over the years and it still amazes me.

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