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SF Mistressworks

SF Mistressworks

The SF Mistressworks is a list created by SF/F writer and blogger Ian Sales on his blog It Doesn't Have to be Right.... The goal of the Mistressworks list is to highlight great works by women authors that are worthy of the attention given to those books on the SF Masterworks list - which is a bit thin on women authors. The list is restricted to SF works only and one work per author with a cut-off date of 2000.


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SF Mistressworks in Blogs

  • The Crystal Singer, Anne McCaffrey | SF Mistressworks
    The Crystal Singer, Anne McCaffrey (1982) Review by Mike Dalke Prior to Anne McCaffrey's death in November 2011, I had heard only good things about the author's work - her ability to snare the reader with wonder and ...
  • The SF Mistresswork list, revised | It Doesn't Have To Be Right...
    Who remembers the SF Mistressworks meme, a list of science fiction by women writers from the twentieth century (and earlier)? I originally posted it in March 2011 (see here), and it then inspired me to create the SF ...
  • Into the Forest, Jean Hegland | SF Mistressworks
    Into the Forest, Jean Hegland (1996) Review by Shannon Turlington ?People have been around for at least 100000 years. And how long have we had electricity?? ?Well, Edison invented the incandescent lamp in 1879.? ?See?
  • Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang, Kate Wilhelm | SF Mistressworks
    Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang, Kate Wilhelm (1976) Review by Paul Weimer ?What is right for the community is right even unto death for the individual. There is no individual, there is only the community.? In the ...
  • Ash: A Secret History, Mary Gentle | SF Mistressworks
    Ash: A Secret History, Mary Gentle (2000) Review by Adam Whitehead In the year 2000, an academic named Pierce Ratcliff is putting together a fresh history of Ash, a 15th Century female mercenary captain whom ...
  • Extra(ordinary) People, Joanna Russ | SF Mistressworks
    Extra(ordinary) People, Joanna Russ (1984) Review by Ian Sales Recent years have seen the works of Joanna Russ rightly reclaimed as classics of science fiction. During her heyday in the 1970s and early 1980s, she was ...
  • The Dispossessed, Ursula K Le Guin | SF Mistressworks
    The Dispossessed, Ursula K Le Guin (1974) Review by Adam Whitehead Shevek is a brilliant physicist from the barren anarchist world of Anarres. His work could revolutionise interstellar society, permitting instantaneous ...
  • Journey, Marta Randall | SF Mistressworks
    Journey, Marta Randall (1978) Review by Ian Sales Imagine some two hundred years ago there was a small fertile valley hidden somewhere in the mountains in the continental United States. A family from the East, heading ...
  • Fireflood and Other Stories, Vonda N McIntyre | SF Mistressworks
    Fireflood and Other Stories, Vonda N McIntyre (1979) Review by Ian Sales Vonda N McIntyre was one of several women science fiction writers who came to prominence during the 1970s, but by the end of the 1980s seemed ...
  • Shadow on the Hearth, Judith Merril | SF Mistressworks
    Shadow on the Hearth, Judith Merril (1950) Review by Admiral Ironbombs The 1950s were chock-full of science fiction novels on the horror of prospective nuclear war and Soviet attack, after-effects of Hiroshima and Potsdam ...
  • A Sense of Shadow, Kate Wilhelm | SF Mistressworks
    A Sense of Shadow, Kate Wilhelm (1981) Review by Kev McVeigh Frequently in Kate Wilhelm's best fiction memories and dreams become entwined with and are influenced beyond the norm by the protagonist's social ...
  • The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K Le Guin | SF Mistressworks
    The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K Le Guin (1969) Review by Chris White ?I'll make my report as if I told a story, for I was taught as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of the imagination.? So begins Ursula K Le ...
  • Another Year Ends | SF Mistressworks
    In the two and a half years since SF Mistressworks began, it has posted reviews of 196 different books by 95 women science fiction writers, some of those books more than once. Thirty-six people contributed those reviews, ...
  • Requiem for Anthi, Jay D Blakeney | SF Mistressworks
    Requiem for Anthi, Jay D Blakeney (1990) Review by Ian Sales Five years after The Children of Anthi (see here), Jay D Blakeney returned to the world of Ruantl with a sequel. There was nothing in that first novel which ...
  • The New Women of Wonder, Pamela Sargent | SF Mistressworks
    The New Women of Wonder, edited by Pamela Sargent (1978) Review by Ian Sales This is the third of the Women of Wonder anthologies published during the 1970s, and while its title would suggest its aim is to introduce new ...
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