Must Listen: Great SF authors discuss the many planets of the Amazons

Sarah Hall, author of the Tiptree Award-winning novel Daughters of the North, narrates a fantastic two-part BBC radio series, Cat Women of the Moon, all about "the popular motif in science fiction of an all-women society surviving without men." The first half is more about "relations between the sexes," while the… » 1/11/12 1:45pm 1/11/12 1:45pm

What are the best SF novels published by women in the past 10 years?

Can you name the 10 greatest science fiction novels by women authors published in the past decade? That's a meme that's been making the rounds, in response to a perceived increase in the marginalization of women in SF. » 10/18/10 6:20am 10/18/10 6:20am

Heads up, New Yorker! Here's a "writers under 40" list that includes SF…

Many of us were left scratching our heads when the New Yorker's list of 20 great writers under 40 included no genre authors whatsoever. Now Britain's Telegraph newspaper has come up with its own list — that includes science fiction. » 6/18/10 3:03pm 6/18/10 3:03pm

Do You Really Want Science Fiction Books To Be More Literary?

When will "the literary establishment" start taking science fiction more seriously? Everybody from Michael Chabon to David Hartwell wants to know. But would most readers really be happy if science fiction actually became more literary? Here's our list of things that might change about science fiction if it took on… » 9/17/08 5:00pm 9/17/08 5:00pm

Sarah Hall's Dystopian Fable Wins The Tiptree Award

Sarah Hall's The Carhullan Army, the future dystopian novel I reviewed a while back, has won this year's James Tiptree Jr. Award. I was lucky enough to be on the jury for the Tiptree, which recognizes science fiction and fantasy stories that consider gender in a new and interesting way, and we were all blown away by… » 4/15/08 12:00pm 4/15/08 12:00pm

Post-Apocalyptic Hell Can Be Beautiful

Future dystopias don't have to turn into every-man-for-himself carnage. They can be about communities banding together — and they don't even have to be about men at all, if Sarah Hall's The Carhullan Army is any guide. The story of a woman who flees an oppressive society and finds a woman-only communal utopia, … » 3/19/08 10:21am 3/19/08 10:21am