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The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books Written By Women

November 27, 2017

“What are the best Female Written Science Fiction & Fantasy?” We looked at 276 of the top books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 33 titles, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Female Sci-Fi & Fantasy” book lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 200+ books, as well as the lists we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top 33 Female Science Fiction & Fantasy Books



33 .) Among Others by Jo Walton

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • Book Riot
  • Classics Of Science Fiction

“Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled–and her twin sister dead.
Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England-a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off…
Combining elements of autobiography with flights of imagination in the manner of novels like Jonathan Lethem’s The Fortress of Solitude, this is potentially a breakout book for an author whose genius has already been hailed by peers like Kelly Link, Sarah Weinman, and Ursula K. Le Guin. “

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32 .) Ash: A Secret History by Mary Gentle

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Classics Of Science Fiction

For the beautiful young woman Ash, life has always been arquebuses and artillery, swords and armour and the true horrors of hand-to-hand combat. War is her job. She has fought her way to the command of a mercenary company, and on her unlikely shoulders lies the destiny of a Europe threatened by the depredations of an Infidel army more terrible than any nightmare.

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31 .) Beggars In Spain by Nancy Kress

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • Whizzpast

“In a world where the slightest edge can mean the difference between success and failure, Leisha Camden is beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent … and one of an ever-growing number of human beings who have been genetically modified to never require sleep.

Once considered interesting anomalies, now Leisha and the other “”Sleepless”” are outcasts — victims of blind hatred, political repression, and shocking mob violence meant to drive them from human society … and, ultimately, from Earth itself.

But Leisha Camden has chosen to remain behind in a world that envies and fears her “”gift”” — a world marked for destruction in a devastating conspiracy of freedom … and revenge.”

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30 .) Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • Huffington Post

“The rich and privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it to crumble. The inner city has had to rediscover old ways–farming, barter, herb lore. But now the monied need a harvest of bodies, and so they prey upon the helpless of the streets. With nowhere to turn, a young woman must open herself to ancient truths, eternal powers, and the tragic mystery surrounding her mother and grandmother.

She must bargain with gods, and give birth to new legends.”

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29 .) China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • Culturally Disoriented

With this groundbreaking novel, Maureen F. McHugh established herself as one of the decade’s best science fiction writers. In its pages, we enter a postrevolution America, moving from the hyperurbanized eastern seaboard to the Arctic bleakness of Baffin Island; from the new Imperial City to an agricultural commune on Mars. The overlapping lives of cyberkite fliers, lonely colonists, illicit neural-pressball players, and organic engineers blend into a powerful, taut story of a young man’s journey of discovery. This is a macroscopic world of microscopic intensity, one of the most brilliant visions of modern SF.

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28 .) Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr.

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • Book Riot
  • Classics Of Science Fiction

Her Smoke Rose Up Forever collects eighteen brilliant short stories from a luminary of the science-fiction genre, James Tiptree, Jr. This updated edition is the quintessential Tiptree collection and contains revisions from the author’s original notes. Tiptree’s fiction reflects the darkly complex world its author inhabited: exploring the alien among us; the unreliability of perception; love, sex, and death; and humanity’s place in a vast, cold universe.

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27 .) Ink by Sabrina Vourvoulias

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Bustle
  • Upworthy

What happens when rhetoric about immigrants escalates to an institutionalized population control system? The near-future, dark speculative novel INK opens as a biometric tattoo is approved for use to mark temporary workers, permanent residents and citizens with recent immigration history – collectively known as inks. Set in a fictional city and small, rural town in the U.S. during a 10-year span, the novel is told in four voices: a journalist; an ink who works in a local population control office; an artist strongly tied to a specific piece of land; and a teenager whose mother runs an inkatorium (a sanitarium-internment center opened in response to public health concerns about inks). The main characters grapple with ever-changing definitions of power, home and community; relationships that expand and complicate their lives; personal magicks they don’t fully understand; and perceptions of “otherness” based on ethnicity, language, class and inclusion. In this world, the protagonists’ magicks serve and fail, as do all other systems – government, gang, religious organization – until only two things alone stand: love and memory.

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26 .) Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Lists It Appears On:

  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • The Best Sci Fi Booka
  • Culturally Disoriented

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

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25 .) Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle 2
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • The Best Sci Fi Booka

“It’s Carnival time and the Caribbean-colonized planet of Toussaint is celebrating with music, dance, and pageantry. Masked “”Midnight Robbers”” waylay revelers with brandished weapons and spellbinding words. To young Tan-Tan, the Robber Queen is simply a favorite costume to wear at the festival–until her power-corrupted father commits an unforgiveable crime.

Suddenly, both father and daughter are thrust into the brutal world of New Half-Way Tree. Here monstrous creatures from folklore are real, and the humans are violent outcasts in the wilds. Tan-Tan must reach into the heart of myth and become the Robber Queen herself. For only the Robber Queen’s legendary powers can save her life . . . and set her free.”

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24 .) Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • The Best Sci Fi Booka

When Cordelia Naismith and her survey crew are attacked by a renegade group from Barrayar, she is taken prisoner by Aral Vorkosigan, commander of the Barrayan ship that has been taken over by an ambitious and ruthless crew member. Aral and Cordelia survive countless mishaps while their mutual admiration and even stronger feelings emerge.

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23 .) Shikasta by Doris Lessing

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • The Best Sci Fi Booka

This is the first volume in the series of novels Doris Lessing calls collectively Canopus in Argos: Archives. Presented as a compilation of documents, reports, letters, speeches and journal entries, this purports to be a general study of the planet Shikasta–clearly the planet Earth–to be used by history students of the higher planet Canopus and to be stored in the Canopian archives. For eons, galactic empires have struggled against one another, and Shikasta is one of the main battlegrounds.Johar, an emissary from Canopus and the primary contributor to the archives, visits Shikasta over the millennia from the time of the giants and the biblical great flood up to the present. With every visit he tries to distract Shikastans from the evil influences of the planet Shammat but notes with dismay the ever-growing chaos and destruction of Shikasta as its people hurl themselves towards World War III and annihilation.

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22 .) Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • Huffington Post

“Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end.

Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed.”

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21 .) The Children of Men by P.D. James

Lists It Appears On:

  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • Sci-Fi Addicts
  • The Best Sci Fi Booka

“The human race has become infertile, and the last generation to be born is now adult. Civilization itself is crumbling as suicide and despair become commonplace. Oxford historian Theodore Faron, apathetic toward a future without a future, spends most of his time reminiscing. Then he is approached by Julian, a bright, attractive woman who wants him to help get her an audience with his cousin, the powerful Warden of England. She and her band of unlikely revolutionaries may just awaken his desire to live . . . and they may also hold the key to survival for the human race.

Told with P. D. James’s trademark suspense, insightful characterization, and riveting storytelling, The Children of Men is a story of a world with no children and no future.”

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20 .) The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Sci-Fi Addicts
  • Upworthy

“This is the way the world ends…for the last time.

A season of endings has begun.

It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun.

It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.

It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.

This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy. “

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19 .) The Gate to Women’s Country by Sherri S. Tepper

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • Sci-Fi Addicts

Classic fantasy from the amazing Sheri S. Tepper. Women rule in Women’s Country. Women live apart from men, sheltering the remains of civilization. They have cut themselves off with walls and by ordinance from marauding males. Waging war is all men are good for. Men are allowed to fight their barbaric battles amongst themselves, garrison against garrison. For the sake of his pride, each boy child ritualistically rejects his mother when he comes of age to be a warrior. But all the secrets of civilization are strictly the possession of women. Naturally, there are men who want to know what the women know! And when Stavia meets Chernon, the battle of the sexes begins all over again. Foolishly, she provides books for Chernon to read. Before long, Chernon is hatching a plan of revenge against women!

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18 .) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • The Best Sci Fi Booka

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.

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17 .) The Shore of Women by Pamela Sargent

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • Portalist

In this futuristic tale, set in a world where women control society, primitive men fight for survival, and romantic love between the sexes is unknown, Birana and Arvil search for a place where they can live as equals

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16 .) The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • Culturally Disoriented

A visionary work that combines speculative fiction with deep philosophical inquiry, The Sparrow tells the story of a charismatic Jesuit priest and linguist, Emilio Sandoz, who leads a scientific mission entrusted with a profound task: to make first contact with intelligent extraterrestrial life. The mission begins in faith, hope, and beauty, but a series of small misunderstandings brings it to a catastrophic end.

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15 .) The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • Sci-Fi Addicts

“In the near future, disease will be a condition of the past. Most genetic defects will be removed at birth; the remaining during infancy. Lou Arrendale, a high-functioning autistic adult, is a member of the lost generation, born at the wrong time to reap the rewards of medical science. He lives a low-key, independent life. But then he is offered a chance to try a brand-new experimental “cure” for his condition. With this treatment Lou would think and act and be just like everyone else. But if he was suddenly free of autism, would he still be himself? Would he still love the same classical music—with its complications and resolutions? Would he still see the same colors and patterns in the world—shades and hues that others cannot see? Most important, would he still love Marjory, a woman who may never be able to reciprocate his feelings? Now Lou must decide if he should submit to a surgery that might completely change the way he views the world . . . and the very essence of who he is.

Thoughtful, provocative, poignant, unforgettable, The Speed of Dark is a gripping journey into the mind of an autistic person as he struggles with profound questions of humanity and matters of the heart.”

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14 .) Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Bustle
  • Huffington Post

“In a post-apocalyptic Africa, the world has changed in many ways; yet in one region genocide between tribes still bloodies the land. A woman who has survived the annihilation of her village and a terrible rape by an enemy general wanders into the desert, hoping to die. Instead, she gives birth to an angry baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand. Gripped by the certainty that her daughter is different—special—she names her Onyesonwu, which means “”Who fears death?”” in an ancient language.

It doesn’t take long for Onye to understand that she is physically and socially marked by the circumstances of her conception. She is Ewu—a child of rape who is expected to live a life of violence, a half-breed rejected by her community. But Onye is not the average Ewu. Even as a child, she manifests the beginnings of a remarkable and unique magic. As she grows, so do her abilities, and during an inadvertent visit to the spirit realm, she learns something terrifying: someone powerful is trying to kill her.

Desperate to elude her would-be murderer and to understand her own nature, she embarks on a journey in which she grapples with nature, tradition, history, true love, and the spiritual mysteries of her culture, and ultimately learns why she was given the name she bears: Who Fears Death.”

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13 .) Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • Book Riot
  • Bustle
  • Classics Of Science Fiction

“On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.

Once, she was the Justice of Toren – a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy.

Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.”

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12 .) Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • Culturally Disoriented
  • Whizzpast

“For Kivrin, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity’s history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman traveling alone. For her instructors in the twenty-first century, it meant painstaking calculations and careful monitoring of the rendezvous location where Kivrin would be received.

But a crisis strangely linking past and future strands Kivrin in a bygone age as her fellows try desperately to rescue her. In a time of superstition and fear, Kivrin — barely of age herself — finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope during one of history’s darkest hours.

Five years in the writing by one of science fiction’s most honored authors, Doomsday Book is a storytelling triumph. Connie Willis draws upon her understanding of the universalities of human nature to explore the ageless issues of evil, suffering and the indomitable will of the human spirit.”

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11 .) Sarah Canary by Karen Joy Fowler

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • The Best Sci Fi Booka
  • The Guardian

When black cloaked Sarah Canary wanders into a railway camp in the Washington territories in 1873, Chin Ah Kin is ordered by his uncle to escort “the ugliest woman he could imagine” away. Far away. But Chin soon becomes the follower. In the first of many such instances, they are separated, both resurfacing some days later at an insane asylum. Chin has run afoul of the law and Sarah has been committed for observation. Their escape from the asylum in the company of another inmate sets into motion a series of adventures and misadventures that are at once hilarious, deeply moving, and downright terrifying.

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10 .) The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • Sci-Fi Addicts
  • The Best Sci Fi Booka

Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. he will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life. Shevek must make the unprecedented journey to the utopian mother planet, Anarres, to challenge the complex structures of life and living, and ignite the fires of change.

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9 .) Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • Sci-Fi Addicts
  • The Guardian

“Before becoming one of today’s most intriguing and innovative mystery writers, Kate Wilhelm was a leading writer of science fiction, acclaimed for classics like The Infinity Box and The Clewiston Test.

Now one of her most famous novels returns to print, the spellbinding story of an isolated post-holocaust community determined to preserve itself, through a perilous experiment in cloning. Sweeping, dramatic, rich with humanity, and rigorous in its science, Where Later the Sweet Birds Sang is widely regarded as a high point of both humanistic and “”hard”” SF, and won SF’s Hugo Award and Locus Award on its first publication. It is as compelling today as it was then.”

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8 .) Downbelow Station by C. J. Cherryh

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • Sci-Fi Addicts
  • The Best Sci Fi Booka
  • Whizzpast

“The Beyond started with the Stations orbiting the stars nearest Earth. The Great Circle the interstellar freighters traveled was long, but not unmanageable, and the early Stations were emotionally and politically dependent on Mother Earth. The Earth Company which ran this immense operation reaped incalculable profits and influenced the affairs of nations.

Then came Pell, the first station centered around a newly discovered living planet. The discovery of Pell’s World forever altered the power balance of the Beyond. Earth was no longer the anchor which kept this vast empire from coming adrift, the one living mote in a sterile universe.

But Pell was just the first living planet. Then came Cyteen, and later others, and a new and frighteningly different society grew in the farther reaches of space. The importance of Earth faded and the Company reaped ever smaller profits as the economic focus of space turned outward. But the powerful Earth Fleet was sitll a presence in the Beyond, and Pell Station was to become the last stronghold in a titanic struggle between the vast, dynamic forces of the rebel Union and those who defended Earth’s last, desperate grasp for the stars.”

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7 .) Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Bustle
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • Portalist
  • Upworthy

When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe. In a night of fire and death, Lauren Olamina, an empath and the daughter of a minister, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape. But what begins as a flight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny…and the birth of a new faith, as Lauren becomes a prophet carrying the hope of a new world and a revoltionary idea christened “Earthseed”.

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6 .) Synners by Pat Cadigan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • Sci-Fi Addicts
  • The Best Sci Fi Booka
  • The Guardian

“Synners are synthesizers – not machines, but people. They take images from the brains of performers, and turn them into a form which can be packaged, sold and consumed. This book is set in a world where new technology spawns new crime before it hits the streets.

In SYNNERS the line between technology and humanity is hopelessly slim; the human mind and the external landscape have fused to the point where any encounter with reality is incidental.

A classic novel from one of the founders and mainstays of the cyberpunk movement”

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5 .) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Lists It Appears On:

  • Portalist
  • Book Riot
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • Flavorwire
  • The Best Sci Fi Booka
  • Whizzpast

“Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable.

Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now….”

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4 .) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • Flavorwire
  • Huffington Post
  • Sci-Fi Addicts
  • The Best Sci Fi Booka
  • Whizzpast

“It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“”Wild nights are my glory,”” the unearthly stranger told them. “”I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.””

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.”

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3 .) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • Book Riot
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • Flavorwire
  • Sci-Fi & Scary
  • The Best Sci Fi Booka
  • Whizzpast

“Few creatures of horror have seized readers’ imaginations and held them for so long as the anguished monster of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The story of Victor Frankenstein’s terrible creation and the havoc it caused has enthralled generations of readers and inspired countless writers of horror and suspense. Considering the novel’s enduring success, it is remarkable that it began merely as a whim of Lord Byron’s.
“”We will each write a story,”” Byron announced to his next-door neighbors, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin and her lover Percy Bysshe Shelley. The friends were summering on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland in 1816, Shelley still unknown as a poet and Byron writing the third canto of Childe Harold. When continued rains kept them confined indoors, all agreed to Byron’s proposal.”

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2 .) The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • Culturally Disoriented
  • Flavorwire
  • The Best Sci Fi Booka
  • The Guardian
  • Whizzpast

A lone human ambassador is sent to Winter, an alien world without sexual prejudice, where the inhabitants can change their gender whenever they choose. His goal is to facilitate Winter’s inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the strange, intriguing culture he encounters…

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1 .) The Female Man by Joanna Russ

Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • Book Riot
  • Bustle
  • Classics Of Science Fiction
  • Flavorwire
  • Sci-Fi Addicts
  • The Best Sci Fi Booka
  • The Guardian
  • Whizzpast

Living in an altered past that never saw the end of the Great Depression, Jeannine, a librarian, is waiting to be married. Joanna lives in a different version of reality: she’s a 1970s feminist trying to succeed in a man’s world. Janet is from Whileaway, a utopian earth where only women exist. And Jael is a warrior with steel teeth and catlike retractable claws, from an earth with separate-and warring-female and male societies. When these four women meet, the results are startling, outrageous, and subversive.

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The 225+ Additional Best Women’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Books



 

# Books Authors Lists
(Titles Appear On 2 Lists Each)
34 A Door into Ocean Joan Slonczewski
Barnes & Noble
Classics Of Science Fiction
35 A Stranger in Olondria Sofia Samatar Book Riot
Huffington Post
36 A Wizard of Earthsea Ursula K. Le Guin
Best Fantasy Books
Portalist
37 Alanna: The First Adventure Tamora Pierce
Best Fantasy Books
Book Riot
38 Ancient, Ancient Kiini Ibura Salaam Book Riot
Bustle
39 Assassin’s Apprentice Robin Hobb
Best Fantasy Books
Book Riot
40 Binti Nnedi Okorafor Portalist
Upworthy
41 Boneshaker Cherie Priest Book Riot
Classics Of Science Fiction
42 Chorus of Mushrooms Hiromi Goto Book Riot
Huffington Post
43 Cyteen C.J. Cherryh
Classics Of Science Fiction
The Guardian
44 Dragonflight Anne McCaffrey Book Riot
Classics Of Science Fiction
45 Foreigner C.J. Cherryh
A Dribble Of Ink
Classics Of Science Fiction
46 God’s War Kameron Hurley
Best Science Fiction Books
Portalist
47 Grass Sheri S. Tepper
Classics Of Science Fiction
The Guardian
48 Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone J.K. Rowling
Best Fantasy Books
Book Riot
49 He, She and It Marge Piercy
Classics Of Science Fiction
Sci-Fi Addicts
50 His Majesty’s Dragon Naomi Novik
Best Fantasy Books
Book Riot
51 Howl’s Moving Castle Diana Wynne Jones
Best Fantasy Books
Book Riot
52 Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel Susanna Clarke
Best Fantasy Books
Book Riot
53 Kushiel’s Dart Jacqueline Carey
Best Fantasy Books
Book Riot
54 Lilith’s Brood Octavia E. Butler
Best Science Fiction Books
Whizzpast
55 Native Tongue Suzette Haden Elgin Book Riot
Classics Of Science Fiction
56 Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood
Classics Of Science Fiction
Sci-Fi Addicts
57 Queen City Jazz Kathleen Ann Goonan
Best Science Fiction Books
Classics Of Science Fiction
58 Shadow Over Avalon C.N. Lesley
Sci-Fi Addicts
The Best Sci Fi Booka
59 Slow River Nicola Griffith
Classics Of Science Fiction
Sci-Fi Addicts
60 Swamplandia! Karen Russell Book Riot
Huffington Post
61 Swastika Night Katharine Burdekin
Best Science Fiction Books
Classics Of Science Fiction
62 The Blazing World Margaret Cavendish
Best Science Fiction Books
Book Riot
63 The City, Not Long After Pat Murphy
A Dribble Of Ink
Best Science Fiction Books
64 The Falling Woman Pat Murphy
Classics Of Science Fiction
Portalist
65 The Forgotten Beasts of Eld Patricia A. McKillip
Best Fantasy Books
Book Riot
66 The Hearing Trumpet Leonora Carrington Book Riot
Huffington Post
67 The Island of Eternal Love Daína Chaviano Book Riot
Upworthy
68 The Lathe of Heaven Ursula K. Le Guin
Classics Of Science Fiction
Sci-Fi & Scary
69 The Mirror Empire Kameron Hurley
Best Fantasy Books
Book Riot
70 The Mists of Avalon Marion Zimmer Bradley
Best Fantasy Books
Book Riot
71 The Queen of the Tearling Erika Johansen
Best Fantasy Books
Book Riot
72 The Salt Fish Girl Larissa Lai Book Riot
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73 The Snow Queen Joan D. Vinge Book Riot
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74 The Vorkosigan Saga Lois McMaster Bujold
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75 To Say Nothing of the Dog Connie Willis
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76 Up the Walls of the World James Tiptree Jr
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77 War for the Oaks Emma Bull Book Riot
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78 Woman on the Edge of Time Marge Piercy Book Riot
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79 Zoo City Lauren Beukes
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80 A Brother’s Price Wen Spencer
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81 A Cavern of Black Ice J. V. Jones
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82 A Princess Of Mars Edgar Rice Burroughs
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83 A Woman of the Iron People Eleanor Arnason
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84 Adaptation Malinda Lo Bustle 2
85 Air Geoff Ryman
Culturally Disoriented
86 Alanya to Alanya L. Timmel Duchamp
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87 Always Coming Home Ursula K. Le Guin
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88 Amberlight Sylvia Kelso
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89 Ammonite Nicola Griffith
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90 An Ember in the Ashes Sabaa Tahir Book Riot
91 Ancillary Mercy (Imperial Radch) Ann Leckie Bustle 2
92 Ancillary Sword Ann Leckie
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93 Armageddon Cometh J.K. Accinni
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94 Arrows of the Queen Mercedes Lackey Book Riot
95 Barrayar Lois McMaster Bujold
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96 Beholder’s Eye Julie E. Czerneda
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97 Biting the Sun Tanith Lee Book Riot
98 Black Glass Karen Joy Fowler
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99 Black Sun Rising C.S. Friedman
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100 Black Trillium Andre Norton Portalist
101 Black Wine Candas Jane Dorsey
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102 Blackout/All Clear Connie Willis
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103 Bold as Love Gwyneth Jones
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104 Bone Dance Emma Bull
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105 Borders of Infinity Lois McMaster Bujold
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106 Brightness Falls from the Air James Tiptree Jr. Portalist
107 Cast in Shadow Michelle Sagara Book Riot
108 Catching Fire Suzanne Collins
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109 Chimera (Parasitology) Mira Grant Bustle 2
110 Cinder Marissa Meyer Book Riot
111 Cordelia’s Honor Lois McMaster Bujold
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112 Damocles S.G. Redling
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113 Daughter of Smoke & Bone Laini Taylor Book Riot
114 Daughter of the Blood Anne Bishop Book Riot
115 Daughter of the Forest Juliet Marillier Book Riot
116 Dawn Octavia E. Butler
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117 Dead Until Dark Charlaine Harris Book Riot
118 Death’s Master Tanith Lee
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119 Deathless Catherynne M. Valente Book Riot
120 Divine Endurance Gwyneth Jones
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121 Dragon Sword and Wind Child Noriko Ogiwara Book Riot
122 Dreamsnake Vonda N. McIntyre
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123 Dune Frank Herbert Flavorwire
124 Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card Flavorwire
125 Falling Free Lois McMaster Bujold
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126 Feed Mira Grant
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127 Filter House Nisi Shawl Bustle
128 Fledgling Octavia E. Butler
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129 Flesh and Spirit Carol Berg Book Riot
130 Folding Beijing Hao Jingfang Upworthy
131 Four Ways to Forgiveness Ursula K. Le Guin
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132 Fullmetal Alchemist Hiromu Arakawa
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133 Fury Joan De La Haye
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134 Glory Season David Brin
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135 Graceling Kristin Cashore Book Riot
136 Hainish Cycle Inverse
137 Half World Hiromi Goto
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138 Herland Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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139 Hild Nicola Griffith Book Riot
140 Home (Binti #2) Nnedi Okorafor Bustle 2
141 In War Times Kathleen Ann Goonan
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142 Infomocracy Malka Older Bustle 2
143 Inheritance Malinda Lo Bustle 2
144 Inkheart Cornelia Funke Book Riot
145 Just One Damned Thing After Another Jodi Taylor
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146 Karen Memory Elizabeth Bear Book Riot
147 Legend Marjorie Lu Upworthy
148 Life After Life Kate Atkinson
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149 Light Music Kathleen Ann Goonan
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150 Love Is the Drug Alaya Dawn Johnson Upworthy
151 Luck in the Shadows Lynn Flewelling Book Riot
152 Magic for Beginners Kelly Link Book Riot
153 Master of None N. Lee Wood
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154 Maul Tricia Sullivan
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155 Memoirs of a Spacewoman Naomi Mitchison
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156 Memory Lois McMaster Bujold
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157 Mindplayers Pat Cadigan
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158 Mirror Dance Lois McMaster Bujold
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159 Mirror in the Sky Aditi Khorana Bustle 2
160 Mockingjay Suzanne Collins
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161 Moving the Mountain Charlotte Perkins Gilman Book Riot
162 Moxyland Lauren Beukes Bustle 2
163 Mr Helen Oyeyemi Book Riot
164 My Christina & Other Stories Mercè Rodoreda Book Riot
165 My Soul to Keep Tananarive Due Book Riot
166 Natural History Justina Robson
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167 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Hayao Miyazaki Flavorwire
168 Octavia’s Brood Walidah Imarisha and Adrienne Maree Brown Bustle
169 On Joanna Russ Joanna Russ Portalist
170 Parable of the Talents Octavia E. Butler
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171 Passage Connie Willis
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172 Queen Of The States Josephine Saxton
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173 Raising the Stones Sheri S. Tepper
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174 Redemption in Indigo Karen Lord Book Riot
175 Remnant Population Elizabeth Moon
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176 Ring of Swords Eleanor Arnason
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177 Rogue Genesis Ceri London
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178 Rosemary and Rue Seanan McGuire Book Riot
179 Shadow Man Melissa Scott
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180 Shadows of Tomorrow Jessica Meats
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181 Shutter Courtney Alameda
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182 Sister Light, Sister Dark Jane Yolen Portalist
183 Slave to Sensation Nalini Singh Book Riot
184 So Far from God Ana Castillo Book Riot
185 Sorcerer to the Crown Zen Cho Book Riot
186 Soulless Gail Carriger Book Riot
187 Spirits of the Ordinary Kathleen Alcala Book Riot
188 Star Man’s Son: 2250 A.D. Andre Norton
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189 Starshine G.S. Jennsen
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190 Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein Flavorwire
191 Sunshine Robin McKinley Book Riot
192 Swordspoint Ellen Kushner Book Riot
193 The Alchemy of Stone Ekaterina Sedia Book Riot
194 The Aleutian Trilogy Gwyneth Jones
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195 The Antelope Wife Louise Erdrich Book Riot
196 The Best Of C L Moore
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197 The Best of C.L. Moore C.L. Moore
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198 The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter Book Riot
199 The Book of the Damned Tanith Lee Portalist
200 The Chanur series Inverse
201 The Crystal Cave Mary Stewart Book Riot
202 The Curse of Chalion Lois McMaster Bujold
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203 The Curse of the Mistwraith Janny Wurts
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204 The Darkangel Meredith Ann Pierce Book Riot
205 The Devil’s Arithmetic Jane Yolen Book Riot
206 The Disfavored Hero Jessica Amanda Salmonson Portalist
207 The Etched City K.J. Bishop Book Riot
208 The Forbidden Words of Margaret A. L. Timmel Duchamp
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209 The Ghost Bride Yangsze Choo Book Riot
210 The Giver Lois Lowry
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211 The Goblin Emperor Katherine Addison
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212 The Golden Key Melanie Rawn
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213 The Golem and the Jinni Helene Wecker
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214 The Grass Dancer Susan Power Upworthy
215 The Healer’s War Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
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216 The House of the Spirits Isabel Allende Book Riot
217 The House on the Lagoon Rosario Ferré Book Riot
218 The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms N. K. Jemisin…
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219 The Jane Austen Book Club Karen Joy Fowler
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220 The Just City Jo Walton
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221 The Killing Moon N.K. Jemisin Book Riot
222 The King’s Dragon Kate Elliott
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223 The Long Tomorrow Leigh Brackett
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224 The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet Becky Chambers
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225 The Many-Colored Land Julian May
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226 The Moon and the Sun Vonda N. McIntyre
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227 The Murray/O’Keefe series Inverse
228 The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern Book Riot
229 The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth Trilogy) N.K. Jemisin Bustle 2
230
The Oxford Time Travel series
Inverse
231 The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake Aimee Bender Book Riot
232 The Philosopher Kings Jo Walton
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233 The Privilege of the Sword Ellen Kushner
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234 The Pyramid Waltz Barbara Wright Book Riot
235 The Quantum Rose Catherine Asaro
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236 The Raven Boys Maggie Stiefvater Book Riot
237 The Red Linda Nagata Book Riot
238 The Red Magician Lisa Goldstein Portalist
239 The Second Mango Shira Glassman Book Riot
240 The Ship Who Sang Anne McCaffrey
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241 The Species Imperative Inverse
242 The Spirit Chaser Kat Mayor
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243 The Stars Are Legion Kameron Hurley
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244 The Story Until Now Kit Reed
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245 The Telling Ursula K. Le Guin
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246 The Thief Megan Whalen Turner Book Riot
247 The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger
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248 The True Game Series Sheri S. Tepper
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249 The Vor Game Lois McMaster Bujold
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250 The Warrior’s Apprentice Lois McMaster Bujold
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251 The Water of Possibility Hiromi Goto
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252 The Wind’s Twelve Quarters Ursula K. Le Guin
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253 The Windup Girl Paolo Bacigalupi Flavorwire
254 The Winged Histories Sofia Samatar Upworthy
255 The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories Vandana Singh Book Riot
256 The Women Men Don’t See Alice Bradley Sheldon
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257 The Wrath and the Dawn Renée Ahdieh Book Riot
258 The Xenogenesis trilogy Inverse
259 Through the Woods Emily Carroll
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260 Tooth and Claw Jo Walton
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261 Trouble and Her Friends Melissa Scott
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262 Unquenchable Fire Rachel Pollack
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263 Up Against It M.J. Locke
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264 Valor’s Choice Tanya Huff Book Riot
265 Vampires in the Lemon Grove Karen Russell
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266 Vast Linda Nagata
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267 Waking the Moon Elizabeth Hand
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268 Walk to the End of the World Suzy McKee Charnas
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269 Warchild Karin Lowachee
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270 We Yevgeny Zamyatin
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271 We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Karen Joy Fowler
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272 We Have Always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson Book Riot
273 White Queen Gwyneth Jones
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274 Wicked As They Come Delilah S. Dawson Book Riot
275 Wild Seed Octavia E. Butler
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276 Witch World Andre Norton Whizzpast


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