Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Best women genre authors

A panel presentation at SF Signal.
Note: At the moment, link doesn't seem to work. Hopefully, should be back live sometime.

My own favorites: C L Moore, Mary Shelley, & J K Rowling. I don't recall Shelley even mentioned in above panel; her classics (at least the ones I've read), including Frankenstein, actually make a light reading in spite of being very influential.
PS: Did you know Moore's "Black God's Kiss" is sometimes regarded as the defining story of sword-&-sorcery subgenre? Few others of the subgenre I've read appear to be poor rehashes. And her "The Bright Illusion" is among the first stories where aliens appear as truly alien; I'm not sure if this came before Weinbaum's "A Martian Odyssey" or not - but both are remembered for this feature, & I've an impression both came around the same time. While her superlative works came later in life, with Henry Kuttner, she has several good solo works too from her early career (apart from, sadly, several crappy ones too). She's often very original - a dream author for those who regard sf as a genre of ideas.

On my to-read list: Ursula K Le Guin & Andre Norton. I've heard good things about both, but have read only one story from each, neither of them particularly noteworthy. SF Signal link above has some suggested readings of Le Guin.

Lois McMaster Bujold is a name I've heard often but never read. Would like to check something out, particularly any short fiction.

Two well regarded names that don't really figure in my list: Anne McCaffrey & Alice Sheldon (better known by her pseudonym James Tiptree, Jr). I've only read "Weyr Search" of McCaffery, the original story of the massive Pern series; not bad, but didn't really make me seek more. I've read 3 or 4 stories of Sheldon, & liked only one of them - Hugo & Nebula winner "The Screwfly Solution" which actually has the same identical plot as one of the Murray Leinster's Med Ship stories I cannot recollect the name of.


John D. said...

Sorry about the site problems today. Our web host was having some issues. On Mind Meld day! Sigh...

Great response. I'd love for you to share it with the other responses we're getting. :)

Lois said...

"Lois McMaster Bujold is a name I've heard often but never read. Would like to check something out, particularly any short fiction."

Go to the Baen Free Library,
and look under Lois McMaster Bujold. The novella "The Mountains of Mourning" is available free in multiple e-formats.

Report back...

helpfully, L.

Tinkoo said...

Thanks Lois. Will check.

Tinkoo said...

Posted, John. My comment seems to have gone for moderation, though.

John D. said...

Saw that -- I approved it and the comment now appears. :)

Tinkoo said...

Lois - this is very good stuff; thanks. I should have a post on it sometime during coming week. Check the front page or this feed.