You all know how much I love it when people start talking about celebrating female authors, right?
In response to the recent discussions about women and the Clarke Award, women in British SF etc. Torque Control has announced a couple of interesting blogging plans. Firstly they have announced a plan to actively discuss some of the 2010 (British) SF releases by women in the first week of December, and are calling for other readers to pick some up (if they haven’t already) and join the discussion.
Here’s the list, which is not restricted to British authors, but to books by women released by British publishers in 2010 – as you can see there are a few Aussies on there!
Candor, Pam Bachorz
Zoo City, Lauren Beukes
Servant of the Underworld, Aliette de Bodard
Alice in Time, Penelope Bush
Transformation Space, Marianne de Pierres
Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
Guardians of Paradise, Jaine Fenn
[The Nemesis List, RJ Frith?]
Feed, Mira Grant
The Carbon Diaries 2017, Saci Lloyd
The Birth of Love, Joanna Kavenna
The Returners, Gemma Malley
The Legacy, Gemma Malley
[The Folding Knife, KJ Parker?]
A Matter of Blood, Sarah Pinborough
The Dead-Tossed Waves, Carrie Ryan
Birdbrain, Johanna Sinisalo
2017, Olga Slavnikova
Lightborn, Tricia Sullivan
Our Tragic Universe, Scarlett Thomas
Walking the Tree, Kaaron Warren
Naturally I’m dying to be involved. My fingers were itching for Book Depository, but then I stopped myself because I had sort of decided not to buy any more books this year thanks to the “getting stupid now” nature of my to read shelf. Luckily I can still be involved thanks to said shelf – I have the Mira Grant, Suzanne Collins and Marianne De Pierres books right there, waiting to go!
The other part of the Torque Control call to arms is in response to the all male list of “Future Classics” published by Gollancz. Niall Harrison has asked for readers to email him with their own lists of top 10 SF (choose your own definition) books by women published in the last 10 years.
We remember how much I love lists, right?
It’s not whittled down to 10 yet but here are some of the books I want on my list:
Bold as Love, Gwyneth Jones
The Time Traveller’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
Farthing, Jo Walton
Nylon Angel, Marianne de Pierres
Passage, Connie Willis
Lavinia, Ursula Le Guin
Less Than Human, Maxine McArthur
Fallen Gods, Kate Orman (and Jonathan Blum, but I still want to count it)
The Empress of Mars, Kage Baker
Carnival, Elizabeth Bear
Spirit, Gwyneth Jones
New Amsterdam, Elizabeth Bear
The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
Blackout/All Clear, Connie Willis
Lifelode, Jo Walton