I have email from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific announcing that they have updated their list of science fiction that contains good information about astronomy and related issues. This is a good thing, I thought. We should be educating readers as well as entertaining then. Then I went and looked at the list.
It is a very big list. I haven’t counted them. I did count the works by, or partly by, women (but not including those where the women are editors). That was a lot easier, though I may still have missed some due to initials, pseudonyms, etc. We have:
- The Cassiopeia Affair, by Chloe Zerwick & Harrison Brown
- “Love is the Plan the Plan is Death”, by James Tiptree Jr.
- The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin
- “Amnesty”, by Octavia Butler
- “The Fermi Paradox is Our Business Model”, by Charlie Jane Anders
- “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi”, by Pat Cadigan
- “Schwarzschild Radius”, by Connie Willis
Is that all, really? Does nothing that Catherine Asaro or Joan Slonczewski has written qualify? Then again, Peter Watts isn’t on the list for good alien lifeforms, so maybe they just need to read a bit more widely. Can we help them out, please?
Update: I’ve been informed that Alex Brett, author of Cold Dark Matter, is also female. However, we are still only at about 3%.