BookRiot SF/F by Female Authors

On May 2nd, 2016, BookRiot published a list by Nikki Steele of the 100 best SF and fantasy novels by female authors (in her subjective take).

Some caveats about this list: Steele only listed at most one book per author, and always listed the first book of a series. In multiple cases (Bujold, for instance), the first book of the series is weaker than subsequent entries, which explains a few of the low ratings here.

The original list was alphabetical by title, so I've preserved that order although I list author first.

Tamora Pierce Alanna: The First Adventure
Ekaterina Sedia The Alchemy of Stone
Jo Walton Among Others 10 out of 10
Ann Leckie Ancillary Justice 10 out of 10
Kiini Ibura Salaam Ancient, Ancient
Louise Erdrich The Antelope Wife
Mercedes Lackey Arrows of the Queen 7 out of 10
Malinda Lo Ash 7 out of 10
Robin Hobb Assassin’s Apprentice
Barbara Wright The Pyramid Waltz 6 out of 10
Tanith Lee Biting the Sun
Margaret Cavendish The Blazing World
Angela Carter The Bloody Chamber
Cherie Priest Boneshaker 8 out of 10
Nalo Hopkinson Brown Girl in the Ring
Michelle Sagara Cast in Shadow
Maureen F. McHugh China Mountain Zhang 8 out of 10
Hiromi Goto Chorus of Mushrooms
Marissa Meyer Cinder
Mary Stewart The Crystal Cave
Meredith Ann Pierce The Darkangel
Laini Taylor Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Anne Bishop Daughter of the Blood 7 out of 10
Juliet Marillier Daughter of the Forest
Charlaine Harris Dead Until Dark 7 out of 10
Catherynne M. Valente Deathless
Jane Yolen The Devil’s Arithmetic
Ursula K. Le Guin The Dispossessed 8 out of 10
Connie Willis Doomsday Book 8 out of 10
Noriko Ogiwara Dragon Sword and Wind Child
Anne McCaffrey Dragonflight 7 out of 10
Sabaa Tahir An Ember in the Ashes
K.J. Bishop The Etched City
Joanna Russ The Female Man 6 out of 10
Carol Berg Flesh and Spirit
Patricia A. McKillip The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
Mary Shelley Frankenstein
Yangsze Choo The Ghost Bride
Kristin Cashore Graceling
Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale
J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 3 out of 10
Leonora Carrington The Hearing Trumpet
James Tiptree Jr. Her Smoke Rose Up Forever
Nicola Griffith Hild 8 out of 10
Naomi Novik His Majesty’s Dragon 7 out of 10
Isabel Allende The House of the Spirits
Rosario Ferré The House on the Lagoon
Diana Wynne Jones Howl’s Moving Castle
Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games 8 out of 10
Sabrina Vourvoulias Ink
Cornelia Funke Inkheart
Daína Chaviano The Island of Eternal Love
Susanna Clarke Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell 8 out of 10
Elizabeth Bear Karen Memory
N.K. Jemisin The Killing Moon
Jacqueline Carey Kushiel’s Dart 9 out of 10
Lynn Flewelling Luck in the Shadows
Kelly Link Magic for Beginners
Kameron Hurley The Mirror Empire
Marion Zimmer Bradley The Mists of Avalon
Charlotte Perkins Gilman Moving the Mountain
Helen Oyeyemi Mr. Fox
Mercè Rodoreda My Christina & Other Stories
Tananarive Due My Soul to Keep
Suzette Haden Elgin Native Tongue
Erin Morgenstern The Night Circus
Octavia Butler Parable of the Sower 9 out of 10
Aimee Bender The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Erika Johansen The Queen of the Tearling
Maggie Stiefvater The Raven Boys
Linda Nagata The Red
Karen Lord Redemption in Indigo
Seanan McGuire Rosemary and Rue 8 out of 10
Larissa Lai Salt Fish Girl
Shira Glassman The Second Mango
Lois McMaster Bujold Shards of Honor 4 out of 10
Doris Lessing Shikasta
Joan D. Vinge The Snow Queen 6 out of 10
Nalini Singh Slave to Sensation
Ana Castillo So Far from God
Zen Cho Sorcerer to the Crown
Gail Carriger Soulless 7 out of 10
Mary Doria Russell The Sparrow 8 out of 10
Elizabeth Moon The Speed of Dark 9 out of 10
Kathleen Alcala Spirits of the Ordinary
Emily St. John Mandel Station Eleven
Sofia Samatar A Stranger in Olondria
Robin McKinley Sunshine 9 out of 10
Karen Russell Swamplandia!
Ellen Kushner Swordspoint 9 out of 10
Megan Whalen Turner The Thief
Tanya Huff Valor’s Choice
Emma Bull War for the Oaks
Shirley Jackson We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Nnedi Okorafor Who Fears Death
Delilah S. Dawson Wicked As They Come
Marge Piercy Woman on the Edge of Time
Vandana Singh The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories
Renée Ahdieh The Wrath and the Dawn
Madeleine L’Engle A Wrinkle in Time 6 out of 10

Ratings for books that don't have a review are based on my memory of the book. The rating may well change if I get a chance to read the book again.

Last modified and spun 2016-05-09