Science fiction is my true love. I read and write romance, erotica, and just plain smut, but science fiction is what I love even more than porn.
I read voraciously from childhood through my early teen years. The worst thing about starting college was not having as much time to read, and that’s when my mother introduced me to romance novels–those barely take any time to read, but it’s still reading, and it’s wonderful.
But sci-fi. Oh, sci-fi. The only thing better than science fiction is what I think of as Science Fiction For Girls: sci-fi written by women, featuring women protagonists, and usually even dealing with women’s issues. So here are five authors who, for one book or all of the books, made an impression on me.
I love Elizabeth Moon. I LOVE ELIZABETH MOON. She’s from Texas, which is one of those little things that always makes me like people just a tiny bit more. It was through the Familias Regnant books that I discovered and came to love her work. Heris Serrano and Esmay Suiza are very different women who are both smart, capable, and ceaselessly fascinating. The Heris Serrano books combine horses and space. How neat is that?
I have a massive crush on Captain Brett Butcher. I checked out the first Ptorix Empire book because I liked her on Twitter, and then, well. I fell. Hard. She writes these fantastic, tough women and really worthy men and she combines romance and science fiction, which, come on, that’s THE BEST. Plus the worldbuilding is fantastic and THERE IS EVEN ARCHAEOLOGY, okay, I am pretty sure she designed the whole series of books just for me. I also really enjoy her Morgan Selwood stories. Morgan is basically a lady supersoldier and that’s fucking awesome.
I learned that Tanith Lee died earlier this year and it was quite a bummer. I’ve only read the duology, Don’t Bite the Sun and Drinking Sapphire Wine, but it was so incredibly beautiful. It’s strange and thought-provoking and breathtaking. Maybe it’s because of when I read it, but I appreciated this girl desperately searching for what she wanted most and feeling like she couldn’t get it from what society told her she was supposed to do.
I read my first Madeleine L’Engle book when I was about ten because there was a dolphin on the cover. After I finished A Ring of Endless Light, I found the rest of her work–and only discovered years later that they were classics, when A Wrinkle in Time was assigned reading. I liked the Time Quintet books the most, I think, even more than the Austin family books. Time travel, Christian mythology, history, space, all of those things wrapped up into an expansive, incredible series. And the older I get, the more I appreciate that they begin with a dark and stormy night.
I find the Hunger Games trilogy absolutely horrifying. But I love Katniss Everdeen. I don’t love her in spite of how ruthless, how merciless, how single-minded and messed up she is, I love her because of those things. I love that Katniss is unlikable. Her motivations are very clear, and she doesn’t let anyone or anything stand in the way of getting what she wants. And what she wants is to keep the people who matter to her alive. I love that she’s such a wreck after the first Hunger Games. I think my favorite moment, the most telling, in all of the books is when she overhears Peeta and Gale talking about her, and it’s said that of the two of them she’ll choose the one who can help her survive. It’s true, it’s ugly, and it’s perfect. Katniss is a survivor, and I love that about her.