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The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books Written By Women

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“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

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  • 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

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  • 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



 

#BooksAuthorsLists
(Titles Appear On 2 Lists Each)
34A Door into OceanJoan Slonczewski
Barnes & Noble
Classics Of Science Fiction
35A Stranger in OlondriaSofia SamatarBook Riot
Huffington Post
36A Wizard of EarthseaUrsula K. Le Guin
Best Fantasy Books
Portalist
37Alanna: The First AdventureTamora Pierce
Best Fantasy Books
Book Riot
38Ancient, AncientKiini Ibura SalaamBook Riot
Bustle
39Assassin’s ApprenticeRobin Hobb
Best Fantasy Books
Book Riot
40BintiNnedi OkoraforPortalist
Upworthy
41BoneshakerCherie PriestBook Riot
Classics Of Science Fiction
42Chorus of MushroomsHiromi GotoBook Riot
Huffington Post
43CyteenC.J. Cherryh
Classics Of Science Fiction
The Guardian
44DragonflightAnne McCaffreyBook Riot
Classics Of Science Fiction
45ForeignerC.J. Cherryh
A Dribble Of Ink
Classics Of Science Fiction
46God’s WarKameron Hurley
Best Science Fiction Books
Portalist
47GrassSheri S. Tepper
Classics Of Science Fiction
The Guardian
48Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s StoneJ.K. Rowling
Best Fantasy Books
Book Riot
49He, She and ItMarge Piercy
Classics Of Science Fiction
Sci-Fi Addicts
50His Majesty’s DragonNaomi Novik
Best Fantasy Books
Book Riot
51Howl’s Moving CastleDiana Wynne Jones
Best Fantasy Books
Book Riot
52Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A NovelSusanna Clarke
Best Fantasy Books
Book Riot
53Kushiel’s DartJacqueline Carey
Best Fantasy Books
Book Riot
54Lilith’s BroodOctavia E. Butler
Best Science Fiction Books
Whizzpast
55Native TongueSuzette Haden ElginBook Riot
Classics Of Science Fiction
56Oryx and CrakeMargaret Atwood
Classics Of Science Fiction
Sci-Fi Addicts
57Queen City JazzKathleen Ann Goonan
Best Science Fiction Books
Classics Of Science Fiction
58Shadow Over AvalonC.N. Lesley
Sci-Fi Addicts
The Best Sci Fi Booka
59Slow RiverNicola Griffith
Classics Of Science Fiction
Sci-Fi Addicts
60Swamplandia!Karen RussellBook Riot
Huffington Post
61Swastika NightKatharine Burdekin
Best Science Fiction Books
Classics Of Science Fiction
62The Blazing WorldMargaret Cavendish
Best Science Fiction Books
Book Riot
63The City, Not Long AfterPat Murphy
A Dribble Of Ink
Best Science Fiction Books
64The Falling WomanPat Murphy
Classics Of Science Fiction
Portalist
65The Forgotten Beasts of EldPatricia A. McKillip
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66The Hearing TrumpetLeonora CarringtonBook Riot
Huffington Post
67The Island of Eternal LoveDaína ChavianoBook Riot
Upworthy
68The Lathe of HeavenUrsula K. Le Guin
Classics Of Science Fiction
Sci-Fi & Scary
69The Mirror EmpireKameron Hurley
Best Fantasy Books
Book Riot
70The Mists of AvalonMarion Zimmer Bradley
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71The Queen of the TearlingErika Johansen
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72The Salt Fish GirlLarissa LaiBook Riot
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73The Snow QueenJoan D. VingeBook Riot
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74The Vorkosigan SagaLois McMaster Bujold
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75To Say Nothing of the DogConnie Willis
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76Up the Walls of the WorldJames Tiptree Jr
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77War for the OaksEmma BullBook Riot
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78Woman on the Edge of TimeMarge PiercyBook Riot
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79Zoo CityLauren Beukes
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80A Brother’s PriceWen Spencer
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81A Cavern of Black IceJ. V. Jones
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82A Princess Of MarsEdgar Rice Burroughs
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83A Woman of the Iron PeopleEleanor Arnason
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84AdaptationMalinda LoBustle 2
85AirGeoff Ryman
Culturally Disoriented
86Alanya to AlanyaL. Timmel Duchamp
Sci-Fi Addicts
87Always Coming HomeUrsula K. Le Guin
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88AmberlightSylvia Kelso
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89AmmoniteNicola Griffith
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90An Ember in the AshesSabaa TahirBook Riot
91Ancillary Mercy (Imperial Radch)Ann LeckieBustle 2
92Ancillary SwordAnn Leckie
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93Armageddon ComethJ.K. Accinni
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94Arrows of the QueenMercedes LackeyBook Riot
95BarrayarLois McMaster Bujold
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96Beholder’s EyeJulie E. Czerneda
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97Biting the SunTanith LeeBook Riot
98Black GlassKaren Joy Fowler
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99Black Sun RisingC.S. Friedman
A Dribble Of Ink
100Black TrilliumAndre NortonPortalist
101Black WineCandas Jane Dorsey
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102Blackout/All ClearConnie Willis
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103Bold as LoveGwyneth Jones
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104Bone DanceEmma Bull
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105Borders of InfinityLois McMaster Bujold
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106Brightness Falls from the AirJames Tiptree Jr.Portalist
107Cast in ShadowMichelle SagaraBook Riot
108Catching FireSuzanne Collins
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109Chimera (Parasitology)Mira GrantBustle 2
110CinderMarissa MeyerBook Riot
111Cordelia’s HonorLois McMaster Bujold
Culturally Disoriented
112DamoclesS.G. Redling
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113Daughter of Smoke & BoneLaini TaylorBook Riot
114Daughter of the BloodAnne BishopBook Riot
115Daughter of the ForestJuliet MarillierBook Riot
116DawnOctavia E. Butler
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117Dead Until DarkCharlaine HarrisBook Riot
118Death’s MasterTanith Lee
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119DeathlessCatherynne M. ValenteBook Riot
120Divine EnduranceGwyneth Jones
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121Dragon Sword and Wind ChildNoriko OgiwaraBook Riot
122DreamsnakeVonda N. McIntyre
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123DuneFrank HerbertFlavorwire
124Ender’s GameOrson Scott CardFlavorwire
125Falling FreeLois McMaster Bujold
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126FeedMira Grant
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127Filter HouseNisi ShawlBustle
128FledglingOctavia E. Butler
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129Flesh and SpiritCarol BergBook Riot
130Folding BeijingHao JingfangUpworthy
131Four Ways to ForgivenessUrsula K. Le Guin
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132Fullmetal AlchemistHiromu Arakawa
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133FuryJoan De La Haye
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134Glory SeasonDavid Brin
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135GracelingKristin CashoreBook Riot
136Hainish CycleInverse
137Half WorldHiromi Goto
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138HerlandCharlotte Perkins Gilman
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139HildNicola GriffithBook Riot
140Home (Binti #2)Nnedi OkoraforBustle 2
141In War TimesKathleen Ann Goonan
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142InfomocracyMalka OlderBustle 2
143InheritanceMalinda LoBustle 2
144InkheartCornelia FunkeBook Riot
145Just One Damned Thing After AnotherJodi Taylor
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146Karen MemoryElizabeth BearBook Riot
147LegendMarjorie LuUpworthy
148Life After LifeKate Atkinson
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149Light MusicKathleen Ann Goonan
The Guardian
150Love Is the DrugAlaya Dawn JohnsonUpworthy
151Luck in the ShadowsLynn FlewellingBook Riot
152Magic for BeginnersKelly LinkBook Riot
153Master of NoneN. Lee Wood
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154MaulTricia Sullivan
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155Memoirs of a SpacewomanNaomi Mitchison
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156MemoryLois McMaster Bujold
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157MindplayersPat Cadigan
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158Mirror DanceLois McMaster Bujold
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159Mirror in the SkyAditi KhoranaBustle 2
160MockingjaySuzanne Collins
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161Moving the MountainCharlotte Perkins GilmanBook Riot
162MoxylandLauren BeukesBustle 2
163MrHelen OyeyemiBook Riot
164My Christina & Other StoriesMercè RodoredaBook Riot
165My Soul to KeepTananarive DueBook Riot
166Natural HistoryJustina Robson
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167Nausicaä of the Valley of the WindHayao MiyazakiFlavorwire
168Octavia’s BroodWalidah Imarisha and Adrienne Maree BrownBustle
169On Joanna RussJoanna RussPortalist
170Parable of the TalentsOctavia E. Butler
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171PassageConnie Willis
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172Queen Of The StatesJosephine Saxton
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173Raising the StonesSheri S. Tepper
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174Redemption in IndigoKaren LordBook Riot
175Remnant PopulationElizabeth Moon
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176Ring of SwordsEleanor Arnason
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177Rogue GenesisCeri London
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178Rosemary and RueSeanan McGuireBook Riot
179Shadow ManMelissa Scott
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180Shadows of TomorrowJessica Meats
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181ShutterCourtney Alameda
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182Sister Light, Sister DarkJane YolenPortalist
183Slave to SensationNalini SinghBook Riot
184So Far from GodAna CastilloBook Riot
185Sorcerer to the CrownZen ChoBook Riot
186SoullessGail CarrigerBook Riot
187Spirits of the OrdinaryKathleen AlcalaBook Riot
188Star Man’s Son: 2250 A.D.Andre Norton
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189StarshineG.S. Jennsen
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190Stranger in a Strange LandRobert A. HeinleinFlavorwire
191SunshineRobin McKinleyBook Riot
192SwordspointEllen KushnerBook Riot
193The Alchemy of StoneEkaterina SediaBook Riot
194The Aleutian TrilogyGwyneth Jones
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195The Antelope WifeLouise ErdrichBook Riot
196The Best OfC L Moore
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197The Best of C.L. MooreC.L. Moore
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198The Bloody ChamberAngela CarterBook Riot
199The Book of the DamnedTanith LeePortalist
200The Chanur seriesInverse
201The Crystal CaveMary StewartBook Riot
202The Curse of ChalionLois McMaster Bujold
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203The Curse of the MistwraithJanny Wurts
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204The DarkangelMeredith Ann PierceBook Riot
205The Devil’s ArithmeticJane YolenBook Riot
206The Disfavored HeroJessica Amanda SalmonsonPortalist
207The Etched CityK.J. BishopBook Riot
208The Forbidden Words of Margaret A.L. Timmel Duchamp
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209The Ghost BrideYangsze ChooBook Riot
210The GiverLois Lowry
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211The Goblin EmperorKatherine Addison
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212The Golden KeyMelanie Rawn
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213The Golem and the JinniHelene Wecker
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214The Grass DancerSusan PowerUpworthy
215The Healer’s WarElizabeth Ann Scarborough
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216The House of the SpiritsIsabel AllendeBook Riot
217The House on the LagoonRosario FerréBook Riot
218The Hundred Thousand KingdomsN. K. Jemisin…
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219The Jane Austen Book ClubKaren Joy Fowler
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220The Just CityJo Walton
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221The Killing MoonN.K. JemisinBook Riot
222The King’s DragonKate Elliott
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223The Long TomorrowLeigh Brackett
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224The Long Way to a Small, Angry PlanetBecky Chambers
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225The Many-Colored LandJulian May
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226The Moon and the SunVonda N. McIntyre
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227The Murray/O’Keefe seriesInverse
228The Night CircusErin MorgensternBook Riot
229The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth Trilogy)N.K. JemisinBustle 2
230
The Oxford Time Travel series
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231The Particular Sadness of Lemon CakeAimee BenderBook Riot
232The Philosopher KingsJo Walton
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233The Privilege of the SwordEllen Kushner
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234The Pyramid WaltzBarbara WrightBook Riot
235The Quantum RoseCatherine Asaro
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236The Raven BoysMaggie StiefvaterBook Riot
237The RedLinda NagataBook Riot
238The Red MagicianLisa GoldsteinPortalist
239The Second MangoShira GlassmanBook Riot
240The Ship Who SangAnne McCaffrey
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241The Species ImperativeInverse
242The Spirit ChaserKat Mayor
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243The Stars Are LegionKameron Hurley
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244The Story Until NowKit Reed
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245The TellingUrsula K. Le Guin
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246The ThiefMegan Whalen TurnerBook Riot
247The Time Traveler’s WifeAudrey Niffenegger
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248The True Game SeriesSheri S. Tepper
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249The Vor GameLois McMaster Bujold
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250The Warrior’s ApprenticeLois McMaster Bujold
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251The Water of PossibilityHiromi Goto
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252The Wind’s Twelve QuartersUrsula K. Le Guin
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253The Windup GirlPaolo BacigalupiFlavorwire
254The Winged HistoriesSofia SamatarUpworthy
255The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other StoriesVandana SinghBook Riot
256The Women Men Don’t SeeAlice Bradley Sheldon
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257The Wrath and the DawnRenée AhdiehBook Riot
258The Xenogenesis trilogyInverse
259Through the WoodsEmily Carroll
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260Tooth and ClawJo Walton
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261Trouble and Her FriendsMelissa Scott
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262Unquenchable FireRachel Pollack
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263Up Against ItM.J. Locke
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264Valor’s ChoiceTanya HuffBook Riot
265Vampires in the Lemon GroveKaren Russell
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266VastLinda Nagata
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267Waking the MoonElizabeth Hand
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268Walk to the End of the WorldSuzy McKee Charnas
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269WarchildKarin Lowachee
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270WeYevgeny Zamyatin
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271We Are All Completely Beside OurselvesKaren Joy Fowler
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272We Have Always Lived in the CastleShirley JacksonBook Riot
273White QueenGwyneth Jones
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274Wicked As They ComeDelilah S. DawsonBook Riot
275Wild SeedOctavia E. Butler
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276Witch WorldAndre NortonWhizzpast


20 Best Female Book Sources/Lists



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A Dribble Of Ink Let’s Talk About Science Fiction Books by Women
Barnes & Noble 9 Sci-Fi Books in Which Women Rule
Best Fantasy Books Top 25 Best Fantasy Books by Female Authors
Best Science Fiction Books 100 Must-Read Sci-Fi Fantasy Novels By Female Authors
Book Riot 100 Must-Read Sci-Fi Fantasy Novels By Female Authors
Bustle 11 Sci-Fi Books Every Woman Should Read
Bustle 2 9 Modern Women Science Fiction Writers You Need To Be Celebrating
Classics Of Science Fiction Science Fiction by Women Writers
Culturally Disoriented Eight Great Science Fiction Books for Women – An Alternative List
Fiat Physica The 10 Best Female Science Fiction Writers
Flavorwire 10 Great Science Fiction Books for Girls
Huffington Post 14 Women Writers Who Dominate The Universe Of Sci-Fi
Inverse 8 Great Sci-Fi Series Written By Women, From Ursula K. Le Guin To Margaret Atwood
Portalist 14 Impactful Female Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors
Sci-Fi & Scary 10 Science Fiction & Horror Books Written by Women
Sci-Fi Addicts 17 of the Best Sci-Fi Books by Female Science Fiction Writers
The Best Sci Fi Booka The 23 Best Science Fiction Books by Female Authors
The Guardian Gwyneth Jones’s top 10 science fiction by women writers
Upworthy 10 sci-fi books written by women of color to add to your reading list.
Whizzpast Femtastic Lit: History’s 10 greatest sci-fi novels written by women