Science fiction has always been a forward-thinking genre, and women writers have long flocked to the field. If your mental image of a science fiction writer is a wild-haired man with thick eyeglasses, time for an update. Women writers have shown incredible talent in this genre.
Here, we celebrate women writers of science fiction and some of our favorite novels.
Octavia E. Butler (1947–2006) was a bestselling and award-winning author, considered one of the best science fiction writers of her generation. She received both the Hugo and Nebula awards, and in 1995 became the first author of science fiction to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. Watch the video!
Elizabeth Hand (b. 1957) is an award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy, whose post-apocalyptic Winterlong books, as well as the novel Black Light, are now available as ebooks from Open Road Media. Watch the video!
Ellen Datlow, an acclaimed science fiction, fantasy, and horror editor, was born and raised in New York. She has been a short story and book editor for more than thirty years and has edited or co-edited several critically acclaimed anthologies of speculative fiction. Watch the video!
Barbara Hambly (b. 1951) is a New York Times bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction, as well as historical novels set in the nineteenth century. She has created several series, including the Windrose Chronicles, Sun-Cross, and Sun Wolf and Starhawk, in addition to writing for the Star Wars and Star Trek universes. Watch the video!
For more than twenty years, Patricia C. Wrede (b. 1953) has expanded the boundaries of young-adult fantasy writing. Her first novel, Shadow Magic (1982), introduced Lyra, a magical world in which she set four more novels. Watch the video!