Last week, I introduced you to a list of books for your summer reading pleasure.

In continuing with that list, I wanted to introduce you to some of the leading ladies of Speculative Fiction.

Now, if you remember from my earlier post, Speculative Fiction is the catch-all genre for Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural and Paranormal Romance, etc… That said, the list of women writers that I’m going to mention write in one, or more of, these genres.

These are women that I have read and/or admired and want to share with you.


Up first, is the first woman sci-fi author that I ever read. Her name is Marianne de Pierrres. Marianne is the author of such amazing series’ as The Sentients of Orion (awesome!), Night Creatures Trilogy and  Parrish Plessis series.

Hailing from Down Under (Australia), Marianne, is one of the most approachable, talented and fantastic of women writers. Each of her series’ takes you on an adventure into humanity which will blow your mind. Her work is most popular across the pond. I am hoping that she’ll become equally popular here in the States.

Marianne’s characters are multi-dimensional and believable (and some make you cheer when they bite the bullet). Her world building abilities are astounding and the plots are definitely not run-of-the-mill. I can’t get enough of her books. I’ll actually be reading the SoO series for a second time.

Co-founder of The Vision Group and ROR (wRiters On the Rise), Marianne’s love of writing and writers has been an inspiration to me. Marianne won the Aurealis Award in 2010 for Best Science Fiction Novel for her novel Transformation Space, which is book four in the Sentients of Orion Series–and she well deserved it and more.

Marianne is one of my unofficial mentors.

Next up is the woman whose name comes to mind most when someone speaks of women of Speculative Fiction.

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The one and only Ursula K. Le Guin.

Author of such great books/series as Earthsea, Lavinia, The Left Hand of Darkness, and many, many more. Winner of Hugo and Nebula awards, Ms. Le Guin writes stories which challenge our imagination, societal understanding and hearts.

I could easily read most of her works back to back and only come up for food and sleep, then go back again. Yes, I want to visit the world of Earthsea (and yes, I know it isn’t real).

Last for this week, and certainly not least…

Octavia E Butler

The incomparable Octavia E. Butler (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006).

Hugo and Nebula award-winning author of Kindred, Lillith’s Brood, the Patternist series and various amazing short stories, Ms. Butler was a writer that other writers wanted to be.

The first science fiction author to receive the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, Ms. Butler began writing science fiction when she was 12 and never stopped. Dyslexia wasn’t enough to halt her from attaining an education from Pasadena City College and from two writing workshops, The Open Door Workshop and Clarion Science Fiction Writers Workshops. The latter two, according to her, afforded her the most valuable education.

Do yourself a favor and check out these esteemed ladies of Speculative Fiction. You won’t be disappointed. And once you do, let me know how you felt about their writing/books.

Next week, I’ll share three more ladies. In the meantime; share with us below and tell us which female writer you’ve read and loved.

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