Periodic Table of SF Women–Meme!

I got this from Matt Cheney, who got it from Cheryl Morgan, who got it from Mary Robinette Kowal, based on the Periodic Table of SF Women:

Bold the women by whom you own books (I’m assuming this includes books or magazines edited by people who are not fiction writers).
Italicize those by whom you’ve read something (short stories count)
*Star those you don’t recognize [note: I’ve encountered so many names in my life, I always feel like I recognize most. The ones I’ve starred are ones that, if somebody mentioned them in conversation, would cause a profoundly vague expression to come over my face. And I’m doing this quickly, so I hope I don’t star anybody who I not only recognize, but have spent actual time with…]

For my part, I’ve ignored review copies received in favor of books I actually bought at one time (some are in storage, some have been sold back, because we just don’t have room). This is by no means all of the SF/F women authors we own books by, and then there’s a huge number of literary mainstream books by women in both of our collections.

Johanna Sinisalo
Andre Norton
C. L. Moore
Evangeline Walton
Leigh Brackett
Judith Merril
Joanna Russ
Margaret St. Clair
*Katherine MacLean
Carol Emshwiller
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Zenna Henderson
Madeline L’Engle
Angela Carter (everything she ever published)
Ursula LeGuin
Anne McCaffrey
Diana Wynne Jones
Kit Reed
James Tiptree, Jr.
Rachel Pollack
Jane Yolen
*Marta Randall
Eleanor Arnason
Ellen Asher
Patricia A. McKillip
Suzy McKee Charnas
Lisa Tuttle
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Tanith Lee
Pamela Sargent
*Jayge Carr
Vonda McIntyre
Octavia E. Butler
Kate Wilhelm
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
*Sheila Finch
Mary Gentle
Jessica Amanda Salmonson
C. J. Cherryh
Joan D. Vinge
Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Ellen Kushner
Ellen Datlow
Nancy Kress
Pat Murphy
Lisa Goldstein
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Mary Turzillo
Connie Willis
Barbara Hambly
Nancy Holder
Sheri S. Tepper
Melissa Scott
Margaret Atwood
Lois McMaster Bujold
Jeanne Cavelos
Karen Joy Fowler
Leigh Kennedy
*Judith Moffett
Rebecca Ore
Emma Bull
Pat Cadigan
Kathryn Cramer
Laura Mixon
Eileen Gunn
Elizabeth Hand
Kij Johnson
Delia Sherman
Elizabeth Moon
*Michaela Roessner
Terri Windling
*Sharon Lee
Sherwood Smith
Katherine Kurtz
Margo Lanagan
Laura Resnick
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Sheila Williams
Farah Mendlesohn
Gwyneth Jones
Ardath Mayhar
Esther Friesner
*Debra Doyle
Nicola Griffith
Amy Thomson
Martha Wells
Catherine Asaro
Kate Elliott
Kathleen Ann Goonan
Shawna McCarthy
Caitlin R. Kiernan
Maureen McHugh
Cheryl Morgan
Nisi Shawl
Mary Doria Russell
Kage Baker
Kelly Link
Nancy Springer
J. K. Rowling
Nalo Hopkinson
Ellen Klages
Tananarive Due
M. Rickert
Theodora Goss
Mary Anne Mohanraj
S. L. Viehl
Jo Walton
Kristine Smith
Deborah Layne
Cherie Priest
*Wen Spencer
K. J. Bishop
Catherynne M. Valente
Elizabeth Bear
Ekaterina Sedia
Naomi Novik
Mary Robinette Kowal
Ann VanderMeer (of course!)


  1. Johanna Vainikainen-Uusitalo says

    Where’s Johanna Sinisalo? She appears in the original video, as one of the Tiptree winners at 0:40…

  2. Johanna Vainikainen-Uusitalo says

    There is a Js, bottom row, fifth from the left, but it may be also Jessica Amanda Salmonson…

  3. David A. Hill says

    An alphabetized list would be so choice.

    Is Jody Lynn Nye on there and I missed her?
    Or, is she hanging out with Louise Cooper?
    Surprised not to see Leigh Eddings.
    Or J.V. Jones
    Or Lynn Flewelling
    Or Louise Cooper
    Or Diana L. Paxson
    Or Janet Morris
    Or Kathleen Sky
    Or Kim Wilkins?
    Or R.A. MacAvoy?!

    Still – my favorites are there.

  4. StevenLP says

    A couple of 1950’s ommisions:

    Evelyn E Smith: as well as other venues she had 18 stories in Galaxy between 1952-58, making her pretty much the only woman regular in what was considered the leading SF mag of that decade, up there with the likes of Pohl, Sheckley and Knight. Sadly never had a short story collection out: Project Gutenberg has nine of her stories, a mixed bag but some good stuff there: “Collector’s Item” My Fair Planet and Helpfully Yours . Sadly her mocking of British SF “The Last of the Spode” isn’t there.

    Mildred Clingerman: a regular in F&SF and one of the authors’ Anthony Boucher’s was most proud of discovering. Unfortunately her best known story “Minister Without Portfolio” comes across as a bit soppy these days, but many of her others stand up well.

  5. StevenLP says

    After a quick run through of my collection, I thought I’d add some more omissions:

    Tricia Sullivan; Liz Williams; Sarah Monette; Storm Contantine; Kay Kenyon; Hope Mirelles; Sarah Genge; Tina Connolly; Linda Nagata; Mary Rosenblum; Steph Swainston; Eugie Foster; Molly Gloss; Kathe Koja; Holly Phillips; Vera Nazarian; Doris Piserchia; Alison Sinclair; Aliette de Bodard; Carolyn Ives Gilman; Wilma Shiras; Mary Soon Lee. Also, Barbara Roden (if you’re including supernatural fiction)

    Also a few I haven’t actually read myself: E Mayne Hull; Amy Sterling Casil; Jody Scott.