#womentoread a response to trolls

So after reading this, which boggles my tiny little mind, and in particular response to the pathetic little trolls who wrote the emails at the end (note, may be triggery), here I’m going to write a list of women SFF writers I have read and loved. It won’t be comprehensive, because I’m pretty damned cross about now, so it’s just the ones I can think of off the top of my head. I know there’s plenty more I haven’t got to yet as well (I really must read that Laura Lam for instance), and I’m pretty sure I’ve neglected a few I really should have remembered.

So, in addition to the previously mentioned women who write bloody good SFF, in no particular order I give you:

Mary Shelley
Anne McCaffrey
Tanith Lee
Frances Hardinge
Gaie Sebold
Juliet E McKenna
Andre Norton
Jaine Fenn
Aliette De Bodard
Octavia Butler
JK Rowling
NK Jemisin
Kate Griffin
Stacia Kane
Elizabeth Hand
Elizabeth Bear
Elizabeth Moon
Anne Lyle
Robin Hobb/Megan Lindholm
Lauren Beukes
Gail Carriger
Diana Wynn Jones
Nnedi Okarafor
Julian May
Patrice Sarath

If I actually had a trawl through the towering pile that is my bookshelves, I could easily double that.

Yes, women can write good SFF and it’s ridiculous to suggest that writing a damn good speculative fiction depends on your plumbing. So ridiculous I thought it didn’t need to be said, but obviously I was wrong.

Go on, go and try a new female SFF writer today!

ETA: If you want a little help, Worlds Without End has a reading challenge re female SFF writers.