A Meme I Can Do

Most of these internet memes are deeply embarrassing to me because I can only check a few of the items. But via Mary Robinette Kowal I discover that the Periodic Table of Women in SF is now a meme. This one I can do! (The list is behind a cut as it is long).

Bold the women by whom you own books (I’m assuming this includes books or magazines edited by people who are not fiction writers).
Italicize those by whom you’ve read something of (short stories count)
*Star those you don’t recognize

Andre Norton
C. L. Moore
Evangeline Walton
Leigh Brackett
Judith Merril
Joanna Russ
Margaret St. Clair*
Katherine MacLean*
Carol Emshwiller
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Zenna Henderson*
Madeline L’Engle
Angela Carter
Ursula LeGuin
Anne McCaffrey
Diana Wynne Jones
Kit Reed
James Tiptree, Jr.
Rachel Pollack
Jane Yolen
Marta Randall
Eleanor Arnason
Ellen Asher
Patricia A. McKillip
Suzy McKee Charnas
Lisa Tuttle
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Tanith Lee
Pamela Sargent
Jayge Carr*
Vonda McIntyre
Octavia E. Butler
Kate Wilhelm
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Sheila Finch
Mary Gentle
Jessica Amanda Salmonson
C. J. Cherryh
Joan D. Vinge
Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Ellen Kushner
Ellen Datlow
Nancy Kress
Pat Murphy
Lisa Goldstein
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Mary Turzillo
Connie Willis
Barbara Hambly
Nancy Holder*
Sheri S. Tepper
Melissa Scott
Margaret Atwood
Lois McMaster Bujold
Jeanne Cavelos
Karen Joy Fowler
Leigh Kennedy*
Judith Moffett
Rebecca Ore
Emma Bull
Pat Cadigan
Kathyrn Cramer
Laura Mixon*
Eileen Gunn
Elizabeth Hand
Kij Johnson
Delia Sherman
Elizabeth Moon
Michaela Roessner
Terri Windling
Sharon Lee
Sherwood Smith
Katherine Kurtz
Margo Lanagan
Laura Resnick
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Sheila Williams
Farah Mendlesohn
Gwyneth Jones
Ardath Mayhar*
Esther Friesner
Debra Doyle
Nicola Griffith
Amy Thomson
Martha Wells
Catherine Asaro
Kate Elliott
Kathleen Ann Goonan
Shawna McCarthy
Caitlin Kiernan
Maureen McHugh
Cheryl Morgan
Nisi Shawl
Mary Doria Russell
Kage Baker
Kelly Link
Nancy Springer
J. K. Rowling
Nalo Hopkinson
Ellen Klages
Tanarive Due
M. Rickert
Theodora Goss
Mary Anne Mohanraj
S. L. Viehl
Jo Walton
Kristine Smith
Deborah Layne
Cherie Priest
Wen Spencer
K. J. Bishop
Catherynne M. Valente
Elizabeth Bear
Ekaterina Sedia
Naomi Novik
Mary Robinette Kowal
Ann VanderMeer

I feel quite virtuous now.

11 thoughts on “A Meme I Can Do

  1. Leigh Kennedy is well worth reading. Her 1986 novel “The Journal of Nicholas the American” Library Journal in their review wrote:

    “Books in diary form are often stilted, but by presenting interesting people, a provocative story, and good writing, Kennedy’s novel avoids this pitfall. It should be considered for purchase by most libraries.”

    Well worth traking down, there seem to be plenty of copies available online if one is so inclined.

    And I’d be surprised if you haven’t met her … her husband was one of the Guests of Honor of Interaction.

    1. Actually I don’t recall ever meeting her, but she has now friended me on Facebook. The title of the book is, of course, very familiar.

  2. I’m more than a little surprised and puzzled that you don’t recognise Katherine Maclean or Zenna Henderson.

    But you’re clearly younger than I am, so it may just be a generational thing.

    1. I’m always happy when someone says I am clearly young than they are. Mostly they are wrong. But I should note that I didn’t read much SF (aside from the likes of Verne, Wells and Wyndham) until the New Wave hit.

    2. Surtac: I suspect we all have blind spots that would surprise others.

      While I recognize all of the names, I’ve been a reader/collector/con attendee since the mid 60s, I haven’t read ’em all.

      I pity someone just discovering the genre and wanting to “catch up” on the important stuff of the last few decades – and in a sense I also envy them: they get to read lots of good stuff without having to read the dross. But reading the dross also gives one an appreciation of why some stories were/are important.

      But I digress.

  3. I *recognize* almost all of them, and have books by all but 18.

    Like you, I wish Liz Williams had been included. And I might have preferred it if the table had stuck to fiction: Teresa Neilsen Hayen is a wonderful writer, for example, but she’s an essayist, not a novelist.

    I’m pretty sure, however, that “Kristine Smith” is a pseudonym for Kristine Kathryn Rusch, so the dual inclusion is problematic.

  4. It turns out I am really quite lazy so I will link to the wikipedia article on MacLean


    And recommend whatever works by her you can find (Probably The Missing Man, although I think ‘Pictures Don’t Lie’ and ‘The Snowball Effect’ are fairly easy to run into).

    St. Clair also wrote as Idris Seabright, I believe, and was one of the earlier authors to use Wiccan ideas in her fiction. I think she largely stopped being active around 1960.

  5. The excellent Margaret St Clair – who deserves a NESFA type collection – stopped writing short fiction in the early sixties, focusing on novels until the mid seventies; she made a brief return to short fiction in the late seventies.

    I’ll add my list of omissions too, apart from the already mentioned Liz Williams: Tricia Sullivan; Sarah Monette; Evelyn E Smith; Mildred Clingerman; Storm Contantine; Kay Kenyon; Hope Mirelles; Sarah Genge; Tina Connolly; Linda Nagata; Mary Rosenblum; Steph Swainston; Eugie Foster; Molly Gloss; Kathe Koja; Holly Phillips; Vera Nazarian; Doris Piserchia; Alison Sinclair; Aliette de Bodard; Carolyn Ives Gilman; Wilma Shiras; Mary Soon Lee. Also, Barbara Roden (if you’re including supernatural fiction).

    Also a few I haven’t actually read myself: E Mayne Hull; Amy Sterling Casil; Jody Scott

  6. If one wants to go to early commercial US skiffy, i.e. Hugo Gernsback then one needs to add Clare Winger Harris.

    And H. P. Lovecraft wrote of “Claimed” by Francis Stevens: “One of the strangest and most compelling science fantasy novels you will ever read”.

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