Women Science Fiction Writers

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Throughout history, there have been many women science fiction writers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female science fiction writers such as Octavia Butler, Nora Roberts, P. D. James, Ann Druyan, Jeanette Winterson.The women science fiction writers featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & India and many more countries.
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Octavia Butler
(American Author Known for Her Science Fiction Novels)
Octavia Butler
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Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States
Died: February 24, 2006

One of the finest African-American sci-fi authors, Octavia Butler was raised single-handedly by her widowed mother. Best known for the Patternist series and the short story Bloodchild, she often mingled mythology and spirituality in her work. She was the first sci-fi author to receive a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

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Ursula K. Le Guin
(American Author Best Known for Her Works of Speculative Fiction)
Ursula K. Le Guin
8
Birthdate: October 21, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States
Died: January 22, 2018

Ursula K. Le Guin was an American author. In a career spanning almost six decades, Ursula wrote about political and social themes like race and sexuality. Throughout her career, Ursula had a major influence on speculative fiction. Her book A Wizard of Earthsea is credited with inspiring ideas like 'wizard school', which was later popularized in the Harry Potter series.

 3 
Anne Rice
(American Author Best Known for Her Series of Novels ‘The Vampire Chronicles’)
Anne Rice
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Birthdate: October 4, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
 4 
N. K. Jemisin
(Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer Known for Her 'Inheritance' Trilogy)
N. K. Jemisin
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Birthdate: September 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Iowa City, Iowa, United States

N. K. Jemisin became the first writer to win the Hugo Best Novel award thrice consecutively and is best known for her Inheritance trilogy and her Broken Earth series. The African-American author is also a trained psychologist and has worked as a counsellor in several universities.

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Anne McCaffrey
(American-Irish Writer Known for the 'Dragonriders of Pern' Science Fiction Series)
Anne McCaffrey
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Birthdate: April 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: November 21, 2011

Anne Inez McCaffrey was an American-Irish writer, whose unpretentious down-to-earth style made her popular with children and adult alike. A prolific writer, she had around 100 titles to her credit, several of which were written in collaboration with her son. Best known for her juvenile fictions, including her Dragonriders of Pern series, she had been honored with many distinguished awards.

Marion Zimmer Bradley
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Birthdate: June 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States
Died: September 25, 1999
 7 
Nora Roberts
(Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Science fiction writer)
Nora Roberts
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Birthdate: October 10, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Silver Spring

An author who has penned over 200 romance novels, Nora Roberts is also known by her pseudonyms such as J. D. Robb and Jill March. Apart from writing New York Times bestsellers such as Hideaway and Under Currents, she has also penned the suspense series In Death.

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Ann Druyan
(Journalist, Film producer, Writer, Science fiction writer)
Ann Druyan
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Birthdate: June 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
 9 
Charlaine Harris
(Author Who Specializes in Mysteries and Known for Her Book Series 'The Southern Vampire Mysteries')
Charlaine Harris
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Birthdate: November 25, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tunica, Mississippi, United States

Charlaine Harris is an American author best known for writing the popular book series The Southern Vampire Mysteries. Apart from being translated into several languages, the series was also adapted into a successful HBO TV series titled True Blood. The success of True Blood prompted NBC to adapt Harris' Midnight, Texas Trilogy into a TV series of the same name.

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Lady Margaret Lucas Cavendish
(philosopher, scientist, poet, science fiction writer)
Lady Margaret Lucas Cavendish
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Birthdate: 1623 AD
Birthplace: Colchester, England
Died: December 15, 1673

Lady Margaret Lucas Cavendish was an English poet, philosopher, playwright, fiction writer, and scientist. Margaret, who had the audacity to publish her works without using a pen name at a time when female writers remained anonymous, was ahead of her time. Not surprisingly, she was considered eccentric and earned the nickname Mad Madge. Her works gained popularity in the 1980s.

 11 
V. E. Schwab
(Writer)
V. E. Schwab
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Birthdate: July 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: America
 12 
Diana Wynne Jones
(Known for Writing Fantasy and Speculative Fiction Novels for Children and Young Adults)
Diana Wynne Jones
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Birthdate: August 16, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 26, 2011

Diana Wynne Jones was an English writer who is known for  fantasy and speculative fiction novels for children and young adults.. She began writing stories for her siblings at the age of thirteen. However, she was actually introduced to children's literature while reading out to her sons, starting to write on her own once her children started going to school, authoring more than forty books in her lifetime.

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Jeanette Winterson
(Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Journalist, Author, Science fiction writer)
Jeanette Winterson
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Birthdate: August 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manchester

Jeanette Winterson is an English writer whose novels have explored issues pertaining to sexual identity, conventional values, gender polarities, and the relationship between technology and humans. Over the years Jeanette Winterson has received several awards including a Whitbread Prize and St. Louis Literary Award. In 2016, she was mentioned in BBC's list of 100 Women.

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Lois McMaster Bujold
(Fiction writer)
Lois McMaster Bujold
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Birthdate: November 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
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Colleen McCullough
(Novelist, Writer, Neurologist, Biographer, Science fiction writer)
Colleen McCullough
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Birthdate: June 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wellington
Died: January 29, 2015

Australian author Colleen McCullough soared to fame with her bestselling novel The Thorn Birds, which was also made into a hit miniseries. Fans also lover her Masters of Rome and Carmine Delmonico series of novels. A former neuropsychologist, she has previously taught at the Yale School of Medicine.

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Nnedi Okorafor
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Birthdate: April 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
 17 
Victoria Aveyard
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Birthdate: July 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, US
 18 
Annie Dillard
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Birthdate: April 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
 19 
C. J. Cherryh
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Birthdate: September 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
 20 
Andre Norton
(Writer)
Andre Norton
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Birthdate: February 17, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: March 17, 2005
 21 
Tamora Pierce
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Birthdate: December 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: South Connellsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, US
 22 
Rebecca Skoot
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Birthdate: September 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States
 23 
Jane Roberts
(Poet, Writer, Psychic, Science fiction writer, Children's writer)
Jane Roberts
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Birthdate: May 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saratoga County
Died: September 5, 1984
 24 
G. Willow Wilson
(Journalist, Writer, Comics writer, Science fiction writer)
G. Willow Wilson
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Birthdate: August 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Jersey
 25 
Naomi Alderman
(Novelist)
Naomi Alderman
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Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: London, England
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Trudi Canavan
(Best Known for Her Best-Selling Fantasy Trilogies 'The Black Magician' & 'Age of The Five')
Trudi Canavan
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Birthdate: October 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
 27 
James Tiptree Jr.
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Birthdate: August 24, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S
Died: May 19, 1987
 28 
Caitlín R. Kiernan
(Paleontologist)
Caitlín R. Kiernan
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Birthdate: May 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Skerries, Ireland

Caitlín R. Kiernan is an Irish-born American author and paleontologist. A two-time winner of both the Bram Stoker and World Fantasy awards, Kiernan has written over 250 short stories and several novels. She has also won several other prestigious awards, such as the International Horror Guild Award, Barnes and Noble Maiden Voyage Award, and James Tiptree, Jr. Award.  

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Elizabeth Moon
(Officer, Novelist, Writer, Science fiction writer)
Elizabeth Moon
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Birthdate: March 7, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: McAllen, Texas, United States
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Joanna Russ
(Writer)
Joanna Russ
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Birthdate: February 22, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: April 29, 2011
 31 
Jane Jensen
(Video game designer, Writer)
Jane Jensen
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Birthdate: January 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Palmerton, Pennsylvania, United States
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C. L. Moore
(Writer)
C. L. Moore
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Birthdate: January 24, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: April 4, 1987
 33 
Michelle Paver
(Fantasy series Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, set in pre-agricultural Stone Age Europe)
Michelle Paver
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Birthdate: September 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Malawi
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Silvia Moreno-Garcia
(Novelist and Science fiction writer)
Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Birthdate: April 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baja California, Mexico
 35 
Pat Cadigan
(Writer)
Pat Cadigan
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Birthdate: September 10, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States
 36 
Karin Boye
(Considered as One of the Leading Poets of Swedish Modernism)
Karin Boye
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Birthdate: October 26, 1900
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
Died: April 24, 1941

Apart from being a famous poet in Sweden, Karin Boye also gained international fame with her sci-fi novel Kallocain. She was one of the chief figures of Swedish modern poetry and of the Clarté Socialist movement. After separating from her economist husband, Leif Björk, she had 2 lesbian relationships. She died by suicide.

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Judith Merril
(American-Canadian Science Fiction Writer, Editor and Political Activist)
Judith Merril
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Birthdate: January 21, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 12, 1997

Sci-fi author Judith Josephine Grossman, better known by her pen-name, Judith Merril, is also known for editing several anthologies. After her father’s suicide, she was raised by her mother in the Bronx. That Only A Mother remains one of her best-known short stories and has been part of many anthologies.

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Diana L. Paxson
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Birthdate: February 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
 39 
Marie Arana
(Award-Winning Peruvian Author and Journalist Known for Her Association with The Washington Post)
Marie Arana
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Birthdate: September 15, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lima, Peru

Award-winning Peruvian author and journalist Marie Arana is known for her long association with The Washington Post. She is part of the Scholars Council of the Library of Congress. Known for her iconic books such as American Chica and Cellophane, she has also been outspoken about issues related to Latin America and biculturalism.

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Mitzi Szereto
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Birthplace: United States
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Noura al Noman
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Birthplace: Emirates
 42 
Taibah Al-Ibrahim
(Writer, Politician)
Taibah Al-Ibrahim
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Birthdate: 1945 AD
Birthplace: Kuwait
Died: December 28, 2011
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Sandra McDonald
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Birthdate: October 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Revere, Massachusetts, United States
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Mey Son Sotheary
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Birthdate: 1977 AD
Birthplace: Phnom Penh, Cambodia