Old School SFF from female authors Public

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Keeping track of the fantasy/sci-fi/horror novels I've read from female authors, focusing on little known authors/books and on anything pre-2000.

  1. Dawn by 

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    Lilith Iyapo has just lost her husband and son when atomic fire consumes Earth—the last stage of the planet’s final …

  2. radio-appears says:

    Very prolific author, best known for her series of vampire romances. Found through SFem, a small series of science fiction by women translated into Dutch.

  3. Wilding by 

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    Three generations of women gather in the silver glow of the moon, ready to initiate their newest member into the …

    radio-appears says:

    Amazing werewolf novel. Very dark and sexual.

  4. radio-appears says:

    Probably the first openly transgender author in fantasy literature. This is her only horror novel, but dark themes abound in her work.

  5. What did Miss Darrington see? by ,

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    Winner of a 1989 Lambda Literary Award, this collection of twenty-four entertaining and haunting 19th-and 20th-century tales from the US, …

    radio-appears says:

    An important mission of this anthology was to showcase work by female authors from the 19th- and early 20th century, but I mostly preferred the more modern stories. The big exception, and my favorite story overall, was The Debutante by Leonora Carrington.

  6. Kindred by 

    5 stars

    Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from …

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    Octavia Butler hardly needs an introduction. A harrowing tale that explores the intertwined black and white family histories of the US.

  7. Parable of the Sower by 

    3 stars

    In 2025, with the world descending into madness and anarchy, one woman begins a fateful journey toward a better future. …

  8. The Riddle-Master of Hed (Riddle-Master #1) by 

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    In seeking the answer to the riddle of the three stars on his forehead and the three stars on the …

    radio-appears says:

    A dream-like fairy tale in a very interesting setting. Beautiful prose. From what I've read, this series was very popular in the 80s, but seems forgotten now, which I don't think is deserved.

  9. Islands by 

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    radio-appears says:

    Classic new-age-y 70s sci-fi, especially notable because of its elderly female protagonist. Marta Randall doesn't have a very big bibliography, but judging by this one novel, it's worth exploring.

  10. Daggerspell by 

    5 stars

    In a world beyond physical reality, Nevyn, the wandering and mysterious sorcerer who relinquished a maiden's hand in marriage and …

    radio-appears says:

    One of the most famous epic fantasies from a female author. The added layer of reincarnation is fun, but makes reading these with large time gaps between books pretty impossible.

  11. Dreamsnake by 

    5 stars

    In a world devastated by nuclear holocaust, Snake is a healer. One of an elite band dedicated to caring for …

    radio-appears says:

    A post-apocalyptic Western in which the protagonist gunslinger doesn't kill with bullets but heals with snake venom. A prime example of sci-fi that values "feminine" qualities over "masculine" combat and such.

  12. The Bristling Wood (Deverry Series, Book Three) by 

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    Against the passionate sweep of Deverrian history, the powerful wizard Nevyn has lived for centuries, atoning for the sins he …

  13. Darkspell by 

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    On the long roads of Deverry ride two mercenaries whose fates like hidden deep in that of their own land. …

  14. Witch World by 

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    Ex-colonel Simon Tregarth was a hunted man--and the hunt was beginning to come to its inevitable deadly end. Tregarth was …

    radio-appears says:

    Good ol' sword and planet/planetary romance about a shoot-y man with a gun. The linking between magic and virginity in women really dates these books, but they are a fascinating peek into the history of SFF genres.

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