open
Upgrade to a better browser, please.

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Book Lists

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.


 1. (1818)
 2. (1915)
 3. (1928)
 4. (1928)
 5. (1937)
 6. (1953)
 7. (1961)
 8. (1962)
 9. (1963)
 10. (1964)
 11. (1969)
 12. (1969)
 13. (1973)
 14. (1974)
 15. (1974)
 16. (1975)
 17. (1975)
 18. (1976)
 19. (1976)
 20. (1976)
 21. (1976)
 22. (1978)
 23. (1978)
 24. (1979)
 25. (1979)
 26. (1979)
 27. (1980)
 28. (1989)
 29. (1981)
 30. (1981)
 31. (1982)
 32. (1982)
 33. (1984)
 34. (1985)
 35. (1985)
 36. (1985)
 37. (1985)
 38. (1985)
 39. (1986)
 40. (1986)
 41. (1986)
 42. (1986)
 43. (1987)
 44. (1986)
 45. (1987)
 46. (1988)
 47. (1988)
 48. (1992)
 49. (1989)
 50. (2003)
 51. (1989)
 52. (1989)
 53. (1989)
 54. (1989)
 55. (1989)
 56. (1990)
 57. (1990)
 58. (1990)
 59. (1990)
 60. (1992)
 61. (1991)
 62. (1991)
 63. (1991)
 64. (1991)
 65. (1992)
 66. (1994)
 67. (1992)
 68. (1992)
 69. (1992)
 70. (1993)
 71. (1993)
 72. (1994)
 73. (1994)
 74. (1995)
 75. (1995)
 76. (1995)
 77. (1994)
 78. (1996)
 79. (1996)
 80. (1996)
 81. (1996)
 82. (1997)
 83. (1997)
 84. (1997)
 85. (1998)
 86. (1998)
 87. (1998)
 88. (1998)
 89. (1998)
 90. (2000)
  

  

  

  

  

  


SF Mistressworks in Blogs

  • Countdown for Cindy, Eloise Engle | SF Mistressworks
    Countdown for Cindy, Eloise Engle (1962) Review by Ian Sales Although not published as science fiction - a "condensation" was first published in the magazine, American Girl - Eloise Engle's Countdown for Cindy certainly ...
  • The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K Le Guin | SF Mistressworks
    The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K Le Guin (1969) Review by Isaac Yuen ?Estraven stood there in harness beside me looking at that magnificent and unspeakable desolation. 'I am glad I have lived to see this,' he said.
  • 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?
  • 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 ...
  • City of Sorcery, Marion Zimmer Bradley | SF Mistressworks
    City of Sorcery, Marion Zimmer Bradley (1984) Review by Diarmuid Verrier This is one of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover novels. I read MZB's Avalon books when I was in my early teens and remember enjoying them. What ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
1 FREE Audiobook RISK-FREE from Audible