So, Sandra McDonald has a new story collection, Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories (which I bet is wonderful), and she created this amazing periodic table of women in science fiction and fantasy and an accompanying video. All of which you should check out, of course.
Now said table has been memefied.
Which of the 117 authors listed on Diana Comet’s periodic table of women in science fiction have you read? Following the rules, I’ve bolded the ones I own books by, italicized the women I’ve read something by, and starred those I'm unfamiliar with. For the editors, I'm assuming this means owning books they've edited, reading work they've edited, etc. Results behind the cut tag.
(I should also say that I benefit from having Christopher's books as well as my own–and whenever I'd mention someone I was unfamiliar with while doing this, C would say, "Oh, she wrote the ETCETERA IMPORTANT TALES." So now I'm at least semi-informed about the ones I've starred.)
C. L. Moore
Margaret St. Clair
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Diana Wynne Jones
James Tiptree, Jr.
Patricia A. McKillip
Suzy McKee Charnas
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Octavia E. Butler
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Jessica Amanda Salmonson*
C. J. Cherryh
Joan D. Vinge
Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough*
Sheri S. Tepper
Lois McMaster Bujold
Karen Joy Fowler
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Kathleen Ann Goonan
Mary Doria Russell
J. K. Rowling (I know, Chance–I have more of these to go.)
Mary Anne Mohanraj
S. L. Viehl
K. J. Bishop
Catherynne M. Valente
Mary Robinette Kowal
7 thoughts on “Diana Comet’s Amazing Meme”
I really like Jessica Amanda Salmonson. A Silver Thread of Madness has some great stories. I’m very fond of her weird sort-of-horror-novel Anthony Shriek too. Her Tomoe Gozen novels never quite clicked for me, though I think the concept is cool (historical female samurai!).
This is a great list! I think I’ll copy and personalise it myself.
You should really do something about that Melissa Scott hole–she’s pretty awesome. I regularly get bummed that she hasn’t had a new novel published in a decade. Still there’s lots of good stuff, I think I’ve got about 15 of her novels, and I enjoyed them all. (And she’s one of the few women who were writing straight up SF in the 85-00 period, and one of the even fewer queer writers doing so, if that matters. Oh, and she’s second only to Nicola for number of in genre Lambda Award wins as well.)
Also, I don’t believe you haven’t at least heard of Katherine Kurtz. The Deryni books were ubiquitous for a good long while there.
(You can totally kibbitz my list when I get around to doing it, btw, since you’ve got books by some people on the list I’m not aware of.)
Thanks, Tim — I will definitely hunt some of her stuff down.
Dude, kibbitz away. You know I trust your taste and every time I had to star a name I was equally ashamed and curious!
I’m always fascinated by black holes that turn up in the reading history.
I think you’d enjoy Diana Comet. It’s a terrific collection
I really like everything I’ve read by Sandra (and she was insanely helpful with my novel draft at Blue Heaven, so I’m predisposed to think she’s awesome).
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