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(I don't know if all of the above writers qualify as feminist, but I figure if the female characters are front and central and interesting, that's good enough for me.)
I was recently recommended L. Timmel Duchamp's Alanya to Alanya but haven't got around to reading it yet,.
Thanks for your recommendations, andyl. I've actually read Lethe by Tricia Sullivan and really enjoyed it and I recently bought Someone to Watch over Me, which I haven't read yet. Mary Gentle's books sound interesting; The Dazzle of Days and Alanya to Alanya have received very mixed reviews on LT, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't like them...
Which Gwyneth Jones would you recommend?
Oh yes, Tiptree is definitely somebody I should read! I even have one of her books, Brightness Falls from the Air, which I haven't read yet. (This is making me realize that maybe I should be spending less time on LT trying to find new authors and more time reading the books I already have!) I'd be curious to know the title of the books about the male astronaut and the all-female planet... Thanks for your other recommendations.
Another male author to read his Geoff Ryman. His books often have female leads and are fairly often noted by the Tiptree award judges.
I have only read one of Chris Moriarty's books (Spin State), but I really enjoyed that.
Thanks again andyl. I think I've confused David Brin with Greg Bear in the past and not picked up his books on account of that. (I've tried to read both Moving Mars and Slant and couldn't get into either of them; I've concluded that Bear's SF is too "hard" for me.)
I have to confess I've never read LeGuin... I tried reading The Left Hand of Darkness a long time ago and just couldn't get into it, but maybe I should give it another shot. Or maybe I should try The Dispossessed first instead. It is kinda embarrassing that I've never read any of her books!
Or Kathleen Ann Goonan's Queen City Jazz or . . .
Suzy McKee Charnas's books (begin with Motherlines, Tor has published the first two in an omnibus, probably under a different title)
I will also add my voice to the others recommending LeGuin, Gloss and Jones.
I am reading Spin Control now, Chris Moriarity's second book, but the science is pretty hard in these--if you don't like Greg Bear, you may not like Moriarty. I love her, though.
Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin
Other lesser-known authors to consider include Sarah Zettel, Joan Slonczewski, Cecilia Tan, Joanna Russ.
I thought I would follow up with another book, seemingly well received by LibraryThing and Amazon reviewers alike, by an author I haven't read:
Master of None by N. Lee Wood
"In the bestselling tradition of Margaret Atwood, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Sheri S. Tepper comes a compelling novel of power and gender on a planet ruled exclusively by women."
I've read Native Tongue and its sequels (and promptly gave them away, which I now regret). I haven't heard of Sarah Zettel before, so I'll keep an eye out for her. Are there any of her books in particular that you would recommend?
I actually have another one of N. Lee Wood's novels, Looking for the Mahdi, which I haven't read yet, but the one you mention sounds great! (And LT thinks I will love it.)