These are just some of my favorite things ... My criteria? Excellent writing,
often experimental writing; excellent storytelling (believable characterization
& plots); conceptually intriguing, interesting ideas; and often (not always)
these works make me laugh out loud, even if they're treating the most serious
of subjects. Note: There are many other writers who I think are excellent writers,
and there are many other writers who are comfort-food to me, or fun, or interesting
for one reason or another -- but these books below are the ones I can read over
& over, and I respect them technically. -- lq, 6/5/00
- Patricia Anthony. God's Fires
- Marci Blackman. Po Man's Child (some magic realism)
- Katharine Burdekin. Swastika Night
- Octavia Butler. Wild Seed.
- Suzy McKee Charnas. The Holdfast/Motherlines series: Walk to the End
of the World, Motherlines, The Furies, and The Conqueror's
- Candas Jane Dorsey. Black Wine
- Suzette Haden Elgin. Native Tongue
- Karen Joy Fowler. Sarah Canary
- Ellen Galford. The Dyke and the Dybbuk
- Jewelle Gomez. The Gilda Stories
- Carol Guess. Switch
- Anne Harris. Accidental Creatures
- Bertha Harris. Lovers
- Ursula K. Le Guin. Always Coming Home.
Dancing at the Edge of the World (essays)
And just about everything she's written, honestly.
- Astrid Lindgren. All three Pippi books. Pippi Longstocking, Pippi
in the South Seas, and Pippi Goes On Board
- Elizabeth Lynn. Tornor trilogy: Watchtower, The Dancers of Arun,
and The Northern Girl
- Naomi Mitchison. Memoirs of a Spacewoman
- Pat Murphy. The City, Not Long After
- Alice Nunn. Illicit Passage
- Marge Piercy. Woman on the Edge of Time.
He, She, and It.
Dance the Eagle to Sleep
and all kinds of other things she's written ...
- Rachel Pollack. Temporary Agency and Unquenchable Fire.
Godmother Night - sad, intense, but excellent
- Joanna Russ. Her short stories, especially.
- Sheri Tepper. Beauty.
The Gate to Women's Country.
The Family Tree
- James Tiptree, Jr. "Your Faces, O My Sisters!" in Aurora: Beyond Equality.
"Houston, Houston, Do You Read?" in Aurora: Beyond Equality.
- Elisabeth Vonarburg. The Silent City.
In the Mother's Land.
- Sylvia Townsend Warner. Lolly Willowes or, The Loving Huntsman (1925)
- Sarah Waters. Affinity
(and Tipping the Velvet, although it's not sf)
- Jeannette Winterson. The Passion
(Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is actually my favorite of her works,
but it's not sf)
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