Monday, April 27, 2015

SF Women A-Z: Wonderful Wilhelm and Willis

(Sorry this didn't appear sooner; when I checked my post last night, it accidentally switched to draft status.)

Kate Wilhelm's fiction first appeared in 1956, and since then she's won the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Solstice Award. She's also been inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. She's most famous for her novel Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, which discusses such themes as individuality, creativity, and environmental distasters. (This one is on my To-Read list.) She also writes mysteries and has mentored (and continues to mentor) other writers. Learn more about her on her website and Wikipedia, and find her work on Amazon.

Next up is one of my favorite authors, Connie Willis. She's another multiple-award winner for the Hugo and the Nebula, and she's a SWFA Grand Master and a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. One of my favorite works of hers is To Say Nothing of the Dog, which I have in both paper and Kindle format. I found Passage very thought-provoking and enjoyed "Even the Queen." I've seen Willis at ChiCon in 2000, but I don't have her autograph. You can learn more about her on her website and Wikipedia and order her books from Amazon.

Can you think of more wonderful W women SF authors? Please list them in the comments below.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

SF Women A-Z: Vaughn, Vinge, and Vonarburg

Today I have a trio of venerable V authors for you.

Carrie Vaughn is the author of the Kitty Norville urban fantasy series about a female werewolf. I've read several books in the series but am a few books behind. Apparently she will be ending the series soon, so it might be time to catch up on the ones I've missed. I also like her Golden Age superhero series. She's also written for the Wild Cards series, and one of her short stories earned a Hugo nomination. Learn more about her and her work on her website, Wikipedia, and Amazon.

Joan Vinge was married to SF writer Vernor Vinge and is currently married to a former SF editor. She won the Hugo for The Snow Queen; I have both that book and the sequel, The Summer Queen, in my collection. You can learn more about her and her work on her website, Wikipedia, and Amazon.

Last but not least is French-born Canadian science fiction writer Elisabeth Vonarburg. I met her at WisCon one year and was lucky enough to get her to autograph In the Mother's Land for me. I don't think she has an English website or a lot of books that have been translated into English. You can learn more about her on Wikipedia and find her work on Amazon.

Please add any other female V SF authors you can think of in the comments below.

Friday, April 24, 2015

SF Women A-Z: Ulbrich Almazan and Ursula Le Guin

After reading about so many other accomplished and talented women, I feel a little strange about putting myself on this list. My words have forked no lightning, at least not yet. Nevertheless, I do qualify, and if I don't count myself, who will?

If you're a new reader to this blog, I'm Sandra Ulbrich Almazan, the author of the science fiction Catalyst Chronicles series and the fantasy Season Avatars series, along with several unrelated short stories. My novella Move Over Ms. L., which was an early version of Lyon's Legacy, won an Honorable Mention in the 2001 UPC Science Fiction Awards. One of my short stories was published in the anthology Firestorm of Dragons, but the rest of my work is indie-published. You can learn more about me at my website and find my books on Amazon.Oh, and my next book, Scattered Seasons, goes live in four days!

This next author is much more well-known than I am: Ursula Le Guin. I did meet her briefly at WisCon one year, but unfortunately I wasn't able to get her autograph. Le Guin has won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards multiple times. In fact, she has won the Locus Award more times than any other writer. I had no idea that she is a Taoist. I probably don't need to say much about her work, as it's so well known. If you need to find copies of her work, here's her Amazon page. Of course, you can read more about her on her website and Wikipedia.

Are we unusual for being "U" SF women authors, or can you think of other examples? If so, please list them in the comments.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

SF Women A-Z: Terrific Ts: Tepper, Tiptree, and Thomson

Sheri Tepper was Guest of Honor at the first WisCon I attended. I still remember one of the points from her speech: humans phsyically use as much energy as a dolphin, but when you add in all of the other energy uses in the First World, we each use as much energy as a (sperm?) whale. I'm more familiar with her later work such as Beauty--that one kept me up all night reading!--Grass, and The Gate to Women's Country than I am with her True Game series. Learn more about her on Wikipedia (I don't think she maintains her own website) and find her work on Amazon.

I chose to list Alice B. Sheldon here under her famous pseudonym of James Tiptree Jr. She was a native Chicagoan, a major in the Army Air Forces during World War II, and a woman with "a complex sexual orientation." Her novel Brightness Falls from the Air was another book that kept me reading way past my bedtime; however, I need to read some of her short stories too. Unfortunately, it doesn't look as if her work has been converted into eBook yet. I hope it is so she can find a new generation of readers. The Tiptree Award is named after her, and several of the authors I've already listed have won it.  Learn more about her on Wikipedia and find her stories on Amazon.

Honorable Mention: Amy Thomson, author of Virtual Girl, The Color of Distance, and Through Alien Eyes. Links to Wikipedia and Amazon.

Feel free to list more terrific T women SF authors in the comments.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SF Women A-Z: Shelly, Sherman, and Shinn

I couldn't leave Mary Shelley, the mother of science fiction, off of this list. Besides, Frankenstein, her most famous work, she also wrote an apocalyptic novel called The Last Man, several other novels, and travel books. Shelley bore four children, but only one survived into adulthood. Some people claim that Frankenstein is really about childbirth and parenting. I thought I had a copy of Frankenstein at one point, but since I can't find it now, check the right sidebar of my blog to see Shelley featured on the Broad Universe web button. (You may have to scroll down a bit.) Learn more about Shelley on Wikipedia, and find her books on Amazon.

Deila Sherman is the wife and occasional writing/editing partner, Ellen Kushner, who was featured earlier in this series. Sherman has won the Mythopoetic Fantasy Award for I've seen her several times at WisCon and have read The Fall of Kings and Through a Brazen Mirror. You can learn more about her on her website and Wikipedia and find her work on Amazon.

Sharon Shinn has been nominated for the John W. Campbell Award. She's written several enjoyable series, such as the Samaria Series, the Elemental Blessings Series, and my favorite, the Twelve Houses series. You can learn more about her and her books on her website, Wikipedia, and Amazon.

I'm sure this is only a fraction of the superb S authors out there. Who are your favorite SF/fantasy women authors under S?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

SF Women A-Z: Resnick, Rothschild, Rusch, and Russell

Laura Resnick is the daughter of another SF author, Mike Resnick. She's won awards for both her romance novels (written as Laura Leone) and her fantasy short stories and novels, including the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1993. She's the author of the Esther Diamond urban fantasy series, which is about an actress in NYC who keeps being pulled into supernatural happenings. I believe she's a hybrid author. She comments on The Passive Voice occasionally and shares her knowledge with other authors. Learn more about her on her website (which didn't load for me), on Wikipedia, and on Amazon.

Aviva Rothschild has written a book about graphic novels (you can find it here), but she's better known as the author of With Strings Attached, or the Big Pink Job. In this book, set in 1980, the four Beatles are reunited on an alien planet, are given new powers, and must work together to complete various quests to return home. Anyone who loves the Beatles or RPGs will love this work. After reading it, I became first a fan and then a friend of Aviva's. website.
She's currently working on a sequel, which hopefully will be ready this year. Learn more about Rothschild on her

Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in multiple genres under multiple names and has won a Hugo for her work in editing The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. I'm most familiar with her The Fey Series, though I do have a book from her Retrieval Artist series on my TBR pile. She's a hybrid author these days; her wise Business Musings series taught me a lot about publishing and was a big influence on my decision to go indie. You can learn more about her and her work on her website, Wikipedia, and Amazon.

Mary Doria Russell was born in Elmhurst, IL, which is where I spent part of my childhood. Her first two books, The Sparrow and The Children of God, deal with religion and first contact with aliens. The Sparrow won several awards, including the Tiptree and the Arthur C. Clarke Award. I saw Russell when she was a Guest of Honor at WisCon in 1999. (That seems so long ago, doesn't it?) Russell has moved out of SF and is currently writing historical novels, but she doesn't deny that her first two books are SF. Learn more about her and her books on Wikipedia and Amazon.

If you have any more R authors to add to this list, please do so in the comments.

Monday, April 20, 2015

SF Women A-Z: Twin Quinns

These authors share the name "Quinn," but it's a surname for one and a middle name for the other.

Susan Kaye Quinn has multiple engineering degrees (including a doctorate), has worked for NASA, and has designed aircraft engines. These days, she's a full-time indie author who's written dystopian YA (Mindjack Trilogy), Bollywood-flavored steampunk (Dharian Affairs trilogy), future-noir (Debt Collector), and an Indie Author Survival Guide, among other works. I like her Dharian Affairs trilogy the best so far. Check out her website and find her books on Amazon.

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro has been writing for more than forty years and has written more than eighty books, over seventy shorter works, and over three dozen essays and reviews. Her most famous series is the Count Saint-Germain Cycle. (I've read a couple of books from this cycle, but I don't own any of them.) Among her other awards, she is acclaimed as a Living Legend by the International Horror Guild and earned the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement last year. Learn more about her on her website and Wikipedia, and find her stories on Amazon.

Do you know of any other Q women SF/Fantasy authors? Please list them below.

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