Here’s a bit of a 101 thread with a difference, it’s 101 for women writers, not 101 for feminism.
Over at Tiger Beatdown C.L. Minou talks about her transition in reading (which coincided with her transition in gender presentation), from reading books by and about men to reading books by and about women. Here’s an excerpt, although you should definitely read the whole thing:
Back in my youth I indulged in the most stereotypical of male literature, science fiction, reading it pretty much exclusively for about a decade. It wasnâ€™t all wastedâ€”I got my first bits of sex ed reading New Wave sci-fiâ€”but I donâ€™t need to tell anyone that a lot of what I was reading was so backwards on the matter of gender as to be fucking retrograde. I liked the Big Three a lot: Asimov, Clarke, and god help me, Heinleinâ€”a man who not only thought â€œall women are the same heightâ€”lying downâ€ was a good pickup line, he actually wrote a story where it worked as a pickup line… And women authors? Hah. Even when I was reading science fiction exclusively, I didnâ€™t like LeGuin, the most openly feminist sci-fi author. I think I read one book by Cherryh. Octavia Butler? Never heard of her. Seriously. Iâ€™d never heard of Octavia Butler until she DIED. And the authors of my Great Books tour could pretty much all use the same restroom…
Now for our 101. A lot of the fannish geeks here are all over great stuff by women, I imagine, but some (ahem, me) aren’t so much. So here’s a thread for those of you who are on top of your recommendations: women fiction authors, especially ones that you think of as somehow geeky (by genre, or style, or… geek vibe). Some things to start with:
- General description of fiction that this woman writes (genre, style, language if not English)
- Recommended starting point for her work.
What you recommend doesn’t have to be professionally published original fiction. Just stuff you love and want to share.