The Mistressworks of SF

I snagged this from Antick Musings because I simply cannot pass up a list of books.

The rules are simple (so feel free to do your own version of the list): As usual, the rules are: set titles in bold if you’ve read them and in italics if you own it but haven’t read it yet. It is also allowable to bold a series if you’ve read all of it.
(I’m adding italics to author’s I’ve read.)

* 1 Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (1818)
* 2 Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1915)
* 3 Orlando, Virginia Woolf (1928) (in progress)
* 4 Lest Ye Die, Cicely Hamilton (1928)
* 5 Swastika Night, Katherine Burdekin (1937)
* (6 Wrong Side of the Moon, Francis Leslie Ashton (1951), removed because Francis Leslie Ashton is a man)
* 7 The Sword of Rhiannon, Leigh Brackett (1953)
* 8 Pilgrimage: The Book of the People, Zenna Henderson (1961)
* 9 Memoirs of a Spacewoman, Naomi Mitchison (1962)
* 10 Witch World, Andre Norton (1963)
* 11 Sunburst, Phyllis Gotlieb (1964)
* 12 Jirel of Joiry, CL Moore (1969)
* 13 Heroes and Villains, Angela Carter (1969)
* 14 Ten Thousand Light Years From Home, James Tiptree Jr (1973)
* 15 The Dispossessed, Ursula K Le Guin (1974)
* 16 Walk to the End of the World, Suzy McKee Charnas (1974)
* 17 The Female Man, Joanna Russ (1975)
* 18 Missing Man, Katherine MacLean (1975)
* 19 Arslan, MJ Engh (1976)
* 20 Floating Worlds, Cecelia Holland (1976)
* 21 Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, Kate Wilhelm (1976)
* 22 Islands, Marta Randall (1976)
* 23 Dreamsnake, Vonda N McIntyre (1978)
* 24 False Dawn, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (1978)
* 25 Shikasta [Canopus in Argos: Archives], Doris Lessing (1979)
* 26 Kindred, Octavia Butler (1979)
* 27 Benefits, Zoe Fairbairns (1979)
* 28 The Snow Queen, Joan D Vinge (1980)
* 29 The Silent City, Élisabeth Vonarburg (1981)
* 30 The Silver Metal Lover, Tanith Lee (1981)
* 31 The Many-Coloured Land [Saga of the Exiles], Julian May (1981)
* 32 Darkchild [Daughters of the Sunstone], Sydney J van Scyoc (1982)
* 33 The Crystal Singer, Anne McCaffrey (1982)
* 34 Native Tongue, Suzette Haden Elgin (1984)
* 35 The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (1985)
* 36 Jerusalem Fire, RM Meluch (1985)
* 37 Children of Anthi, Jay D Blakeney (1985)
* 38 The Dream Years, Lisa Goldstein (1985)
* 39 Despatches from the Frontiers of the Female Mind, Sarah Lefanu & Jen Green (1985)
* 40 Queen of the States, Josephine Saxton (1986)
* 41 The Wave and the Flame [Lear’s Daughters], Marjorie Bradley Kellogg (1986)
* 42 The Journal of Nicholas the American, Leigh Kennedy (1986)
* 43 A Door into Ocean, Joan Slonczewski (1986)
* 44 Angel at Apogee, SN Lewitt (1987)
* 45 In Conquest Born, CS Friedman (1987)
* 46 Pennterra, Judith Moffett (1987)
* 47 Kairos, Gwyneth Jones (1988)
* 48 Cyteen, CJ Cherryh (1988)
* 49 Unquenchable Fire, Rachel Pollack (1988)
* 50 The City, Not Long After, Pat Murphy (1988)
* 51 The Steerswoman [Steerswoman series], Rosemary Kirstein (1989)
* 52 The Third Eagle, RA MacAvoy (1989)
* 53 Grass, Sheri S Tepper (1989)
* 54 Heritage of Flight, Susan Shwartz (1989)
* 55 Falcon, Emma Bull (1989)
* 56 The Archivist, Gill Alderman (1989)
* 57 Winterlong [Winterlong trilogy], Elizabeth Hand (1990)
* 58 A Gift Upon the Shore, MK Wren (1990)
* 59 Red Spider, White Web, Misha (1990)
* 60 Polar City Blues, Katharine Kerr (1990)
* 61 Body of Glass (AKA He, She and It), Marge Piercy (1991)
* 62 Sarah Canary, Karen Joy Fowler (1991)
* 63 Beggars in Spain [Sleepless trilogy], Nancy Kress (1991)
* 64 A Woman of the Iron People, Eleanor Arnason (1991)
* 65 Hermetech, Storm Constantine (1991)
* 66 China Mountain Zhang, Maureen F McHugh (1992)
* 67 Fools, Pat Cadigan (1992)
* 68 Correspondence, Sue Thomas (1992)
* 69 Lost Futures, Lisa Tuttle (1992)
* 70 Doomsday Book, Connie Willis (1992)
* 71 Ammonite, Nicola Griffith (1993)
* 72 The Holder of the World, Bharati Mukherjee (1993)
* 73 Queen City Jazz, Kathleen Ann Goonan (1994)
* 74 Happy Policeman, Patricia Anthony (1994)
* 75 Shadow Man, Melissa Scott (1995)
* 76 Legacies, Alison Sinclair (1995)
* 77 Primary Inversion [Skolian Saga], Catherine Asaro (1995)
* 78 Alien Influences, Kristine Kathryn Rusch (1995)
* 79 The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell (1996)
* 80 Memory [Vorkosigan series], Lois McMaster Bujold (1996)
* 81 Remnant Population, Elizabeth Moon (1996)
* 82 Looking for the Mahdi, N Lee Wood (1996)
* 83 An Exchange of Hostages [Jurisdiction series], Susan R Matthews (1997)
* 84 Fool’s War, Sarah Zettel (1997)
* 85 Black Wine, Candas Jane Dorsey (1997)
* 86 Halfway Human, Carolyn Ives Gilman (1998)
* 87 Vast, Linda Nagata (1998)
* 88 Hand of Prophecy, Severna Park (1998)
* 89 Brown Girl in the Ring, Nalo Hopkinson (1998)
* 90 Dreaming in Smoke, Tricia Sullivan (1999)
* 91 Ash: A Secret History, Mary Gentle (2000)

Huh. Well, that’s interesting. One would think with the amount of sci-fi I’ve read in my life, I’d have stumbled onto more of these. I’m not sure if that’s because I’ve simply read my parents’ collection or if I simply was never intrigued by the books. I’ve read some of the authors, but not the books on this list. I’m wondering if I simply shade more to fantasy and horror than sci-fi. I used to be a hard-core hard-Sci-fi person, but that changed at some point in HS. I’ll have to explore some.

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