Love the Books I Love

There a few posts going around at the moment where people recommend books that would get people into SF, should that person be naturally averse to the genre. There’s also an ongoing “discussion” regarding sexism in SF. So, I thought I’d combine these two and list a few excellent books by female authors that might just convince more people to read SF.

The Mad Scientists Daughter

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke is a tale of science and love set against a richly described, all too familiar world.


It’s not often you read a book and think “Wow. They really have thought this through.” Well, Madeleine Ashby author of vN has clearly done just that. vN tells the story of Amy, a synthetic person.

Across The Nightingale Floor

Lian Hearn’s Across the Nightingale Floor is beautifully written Japanese fantasy and has magical ninjas.

The Thief

The Thief is a twisty turny tale of gods and men set in a world inspired by post-Roman Empire Greece. Megan-Whalen Turner doesn’t seem to be particularly well known, but this book is excellent. I’ve only read one of the sequels, so far, but my wife assures me that they are all fantastic.

A Matter Of Blood

The superb A Matter of Blood by Sarah Pinborough is more of a crime novel with strong elements of horror, but it’s also near-future SF and those elements only become stronger as a series progress.


Feed by Mira Grant was once described to me as The West Wing set during a zombie apocalypse. Having not watched The West Wing, I’m assuming that’s a good thing. The book is really good anyway!

The Emperors Knife

Mazarkis Williams (a nom de plume) has yet to be revealed as either male or female. Since, in my opinion, the gender of an author really shouldn’t matter (and I bloody well loved this book) it’s going on the list. The world of The Emporer’s Knife takes inspiration from the Middle East and Williams tells a fascinating tale of magic, betrayal and belief.