List compiled by Laura Quilter
Note from Patterner:
The list is used by permission of the author, Laura Quilter, who maintains an extensive web site on Feminist SF, Fantasy, & Utopia at http://www.feministsf.org/.
This file was reference material for the O*W*C chat on 02/27/97, about Feminist SF.
Feminist Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Utopia:
II. E. Recommendations -- FSF/F/U for Beginners
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OK, I know I'm asking for it by setting up a recommended reading list. This is
just a starting point. I would certainly not say that exclusion of a particular work makes it
less feminist, less interesting, whatever. I'm listing works here for any one of several
reasons: They are significant in science fiction circles, significant in mainstream literature
circles, groundbreaking in one or another way, winners of the Tiptree Award,
representative of a particular style of feminist science fiction, or particularly interesting in
some other way. Pretty murky criteria, huh? -- LQ, 4/14/96.
Margaret Atwood. The Handmaid's Tale.
Marion Zimmer Bradley. The Mists of Avalon. Thendara House. The Shattered Chain.
Octavia Butler. Wild Seed. Parable of the Sower. Xenogenesis Trilogy: Dawn, Adulthood Rites, Imago.
Suzy McKee Charnas. Walk to the End of the World. Motherlines. The Furies.
Suzette Haden Elgin. Native Tongue. The Judas Rose: Native Tongue II. "For the Sake of Grace"
(copyright 1969 from Fantasy & Science Fiction; reprinted in Donald Wollheim & Terry Carr's World's
Best Science Fiction: 1970).
Esther Friesner. The Psalms of Herod.
Sally Miller Gearhart. The Wanderground.
Nicola Griffith. Ammonite.
Ursula K. Le Guin. Always Coming Home. The Left Hand of Darkness. The Dispossessed.
Marge Piercy. Woman on the Edge of Time. Dance the Eagle to Sleep. He, She, and It.
Joanna Russ. Anything she wrote including The Female Man and The Adventures of Alyx and The Two of
Pamela Sargent. Women of Wonder anthologies. The Shore of Women.
Joan Slonczewski. A Door Into Ocean.
Nancy Springer. Larque on the Wing.
Starhawk. The Fifth Sacred Thing.
Sheri Tepper. Beauty. The Gate to Women's Country.
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.
The Tiptree Award Winners