Category Archives: Female Authors

Review: The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. is brilliant, fast-paced, and will give you sore wrists because it’s a thick, heavy book, but you will not want to put it down.

An expert in ancient languages is hired by a mysterious government agency to translate some documents that suggest that magic actually once existed in the world. But the advance of science caused magic to disappear in 1851. However, the existence of a two-hundred-year-old witch and some fancy technology allow a limited amount of magic to occur in this world, and soon the language expert and others are being sent back in time to repair history. And, if they’re lucky, bring magic back to the world. Continue reading

Review: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

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The Justice of Toren was a colossal starship run by an artificial intelligence. That intelligence also linked thousands of human soldiers, each soldier’s mind completely run by the AI. These AI-run soldiers are known as ancillaries.

In an act of treachery, the Justice of Toren is destroyed, and the AI—now going by the name of Breq—is a single human body filled with unanswered questions and a burning desire for vengeance.

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The 23 Best Science Fiction Books by Female Authors

Mary Shelley, Connie Willis, Margaret Atwood, Octavia E. Butler, Madeleine L'Engle, Lois McMaster Bujold, Joanna Russ, Ursula K. Le Guin, Hiromu Arakawa

Mary Shelley, Connie Willis, Margaret Atwood, Octavia E. Butler, Madeline L’Engle, Lois McMaster Bujold, Joanna Russ, Ursula K. Le Guin, Hiromu Arakawa

While hundreds of women published science fiction stories in the 1950s and earlier, it wasn’t until the 1960s—with its second-wave feminism (the first wave focused on suffrage and legal gender equality) and the sense that science fiction was a literature of ideas—that a large influx of female authors appeared on the scene.

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