Women Science Fiction Writers

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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Octavia Butler

Octavia Butler
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Famous As: Science fiction author
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.

 2 Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin
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Famous As: Author
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 N. K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.

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.

 4 Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States

Best known for writing the Twilight series, a New York Times bestseller which has also been made into a hit film franchise, Stephenie Meyer made it to Time 100 in 2008. Initially a receptionist, she had planned to attend law school. She and her husband, Christiaan, were childhood friends

 5 Anne Inez McCaffrey

Anne Inez McCaffrey
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Famous As: Writer
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.

 6 Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts
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Famous As: Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Science fiction writer
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.

 7 Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L'Engle
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 29, 1918
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York,United States
Died: September 6, 2007

Madeleine L'Engle soared to fame with her Newbery Medal-winning bestselling young adult novel A Wrinkle in Time, which was made into a Disney film later. Born to a writer father and a pianist mother, L’Engle had penned her first story at age 5 and had also tried her luck in theater.

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 8 Marion Zimmer Bradley

Marion Zimmer Bradley
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States
Died: September 25, 1999

 9 Ann Druyan

Ann Druyan
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Famous As: Journalist, Film producer, Writer, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: June 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

 10 Lady Margaret Lucas Cavendish

Lady Margaret Lucas Cavendish
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Famous As: philosopher, scientist, poet, science fiction writer
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 Diana Wynne Jones

Diana Wynne Jones
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 16, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England, UK
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.

 12 V. E. Schwab

V. E. Schwab
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: America

 13 Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson
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Famous As: Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Journalist, Author, Science fiction writer
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.

 14 Colleen McCullough

Colleen McCullough
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Famous As: Novelist, Writer, Neurologist, Biographer, Science fiction writer
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.

 15 Victoria Aveyard

Victoria Aveyard
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, US

 16 Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

 17 Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold
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Famous As: Fiction writer
Birthdate: November 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States

 18 Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: South Connellsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, US

 19 Annie Dillard

Annie Dillard
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

 20 C. J. Cherryh

C. J. Cherryh
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

 21 Andre Norton

Andre Norton
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 17, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: March 17, 2005

 22 Rebecca Skoot

Rebecca Skoot
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States

 23 Jane Roberts

Jane Roberts
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Famous As: Poet, Writer, Psychic, Science fiction writer, Children's writer
Birthdate: May 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saratoga County
Died: September 5, 1984

 24 Trudi Canavan

Trudi Canavan
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Famous As: Best Known for Her Best-Selling Fantasy Trilogies 'The Black Magician' & 'Age of The Five'
Birthdate: October 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

 25 G. Willow Wilson

G. Willow Wilson
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Comics writer, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: August 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Jersey

 26 Naomi Alderman

Naomi Alderman
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: London, England

 27 James Tiptree Jr.

James Tiptree Jr.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 24, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S
Died: May 19, 1987

 28 Mary Kingsley

Mary Kingsley
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 13, 1862
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Islington, London, England
Died: June 3, 1900

English ethnographer and traveler Mary Kingsley was the daughter of renowned physician and traveler George Kingsley and the niece of Charles Kingsley. Unlike girls of her era, she was well-educated and later ventured on an exploratory trip to West Africa, becoming the first European to enter remote areas such as Gabon.

 29 Caitlín R. Kiernan

Caitlín R. Kiernan
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Famous As: Paleontologist
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.  

 30 Elizabeth Moon

Elizabeth Moon
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Famous As: Officer, Novelist, Writer, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: March 7, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: McAllen, Texas, United States

 31 Joanna Russ

Joanna Russ
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 22, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: April 29, 2011

 32 C. L. Moore

C. L. Moore
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 24, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: April 4, 1987

 33 Jane Jensen

Jane Jensen
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Famous As: Video game designer, Writer
Birthdate: January 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Palmerton, Pennsylvania, United States

 34 Michelle Paver

Michelle Paver
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Famous As: Fantasy series Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, set in pre-agricultural Stone Age Europe
Birthdate: September 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Malawi

 35 Karin Boye

Karin Boye
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Famous As: Poet, Novelist best known for the dystopian science fiction novel Kallocain (1940)
Birthdate: October 26, 1900
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
Died: April 24, 1941

 36 Pat Cadigan

Pat Cadigan
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 10, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States

 37 Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Famous As: Novelist and Science fiction writer
Birthdate: April 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baja California, Mexico

 38 Judith Merril

Judith Merril
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Famous As: Fiction Writer
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.

 39 Diana L. Paxson

Diana L. Paxson
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 40 Marie Arana

Marie Arana
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 15, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lima, Peru

 41 Mitzi Szereto

Mitzi Szereto
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States

 42 Noura al Noman

Noura al Noman
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Emirates

 43 Sandra McDonald

Sandra McDonald
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Revere, Massachusetts, United States

 44 Taibah Al-Ibrahim

Taibah Al-Ibrahim
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Famous As: Writer, Politician
Birthdate: 1945 AD
Birthplace: Kuwait
Died: December 28, 2011

 45 Mey Son Sotheary

Mey Son Sotheary
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1977 AD
Birthplace: Phnom Penh, Cambodia