It’s no secret that I am an avid Science Fiction reader, or that I really admire Margaret Atwood. But she’s not by any means the only important woman writing in the field – SF is as much for, and by, girls as it is boys.
The BBC has produced a list of 10 highly influential woman SF writers, which you can access by clicking here.
It’s linked to an audio documentary about the ground-breaking Feminist Utopia, Herland (1925), written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Gilman also, by the way, wrote one of the creepiest short stories I have ever read, The Yellow Wallpaper (1892). You can read an electronic copy of that story in a variety of formats for FREE by clicking here.
And other writers on the list? I know that Ursula K Le Guin dislikes her work being labelled as Science Fiction, but if you are interested in the genre, gender studies, or in Feminism, I highly recommend The Left Hand of Darkness (1969). The novel is – only in part – a moving love story set on a planet whose inhabitants can change their gender at will.