Setting the first WWE challenge for myself was so much fun* that I had to do it again. At this rate I will not only have the entire year’s reading list planned out by the weekend, but will have to give up some non-essential task like personal grooming to get all these novels read and reviews written.
Today, I set up a list of 12 novels that won different SF/F awards, from the Philip K. Dick Award to the World Fantasy. Again, the selections were all female authors.
Looking through some of these award lists was depressing, particularly the sci-fi winners. For example, the British Science Fiction Association has awarded a female author three times in over four decades. Less than 1 in 10.
This chapped my ass.
I ate a fruit roll-up to remind myself of happy things from my childhood, and moved on.
These novels were published from the Ford administration to 2012:
- The Speed of Dark, Elizabeth Moon
- Death’s Master, Tanith Lee
- Blackout, Connie Willis
- Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, Kate Wilhelm
- The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell
- A Door Into Ocean, Joan Slonczewski
- Solstice Wood, Patricia A. McKillip
- The Drowning Girl, Caitlin Kiernan
- Beauty, Sheri S. Tepper
- Ash: A Secret History, Mary Gentle
- Life, Gwyneth Jones
- Godmother Night, Rachel Pollack