Diana Comet’s Amazing Meme

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.)

Andre Norton
C. L. Moore

Evangeline Walton*
Leigh Brackett
Judith Merril
Joanna Russ
Margaret St. Clair
Katherine MacLean*
Carol Emshwiller
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Zenna Henderson
Madeline L’Engle
Angela Carter

Ursula LeGuin
Anne McCaffrey

Diana Wynne Jones
Kit Reed
James Tiptree, Jr.
Rachel Pollack
Jane Yolen
Marta Randall*
Eleanor Arnason
Ellen Asher*
Patricia A. McKillip
Suzy McKee Charnas
Lisa Tuttle
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Tanith Lee

Pamela Sargent*
Jayge Carr*
Vonda McIntyre
Octavia E. Butler
Kate Wilhelm
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Sheila Finch
Mary Gentle
Jessica Amanda Salmonson*
C. J. Cherryh
Joan D. Vinge
Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Ellen Kushner
Ellen Datlow
Nancy Kress

Pat Murphy
Lisa Goldstein
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough*
Mary Turzillo
Connie Willis
Barbara Hambly
Nancy Holder
Sheri S. Tepper
Melissa Scott*
Margaret Atwood
Lois McMaster Bujold
Jeanne Cavelos
Karen Joy Fowler
Leigh Kennedy*
Judith Moffett
Rebecca Ore
Emma Bull
Pat Cadigan

Kathyrn Cramer
Laura Mixon*
Eileen Gunn
Elizabeth Hand
Kij Johnson
Delia Sherman
Elizabeth Moon
Michaela Roessner

Terri Windling
Sharon Lee
Sherwood Smith
Katherine Kurtz*
Margo Lanagan
Laura Resnick
Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Sheila Williams

Farah Mendlesohn

Gwyneth Jones
Ardath Mayhar*
Esther Friesner
Debra Doyle
Nicola Griffith
Amy Thomson
Martha Wells
Catherine Asaro
Kate Elliott
Kathleen Ann Goonan
Shawna McCarthy
Caitlin Kiernan
Maureen McHugh
Cheryl Morgan
Nisi Shawl
Mary Doria Russell
Kage Baker
Kelly Link

Nancy Springer
J. K. Rowling (I know, Chance–I have more of these to go.)
Nalo Hopkinson
Ellen Klages
Tanarive Due
M. Rickert
Theodora Goss
Mary Anne Mohanraj
S. L. Viehl
Jo Walton
Kristine Smith
Deborah Layne
Cherie Priest
Wen Spencer
K. J. Bishop
Catherynne M. Valente
Elizabeth Bear
Ekaterina Sedia
Naomi Novik
Mary Robinette Kowal
Ann VanderMeer

7 thoughts on “Diana Comet’s Amazing Meme”

  1. 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!).

  2. 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.)

  3. 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.

  4. 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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