As I mentioned last week, one of my projects for this year is to read through the eleven books voted by Torque Control readers as the best science fiction novels written by women between 2001 and 2010. Hopefully, some of you will be joining me in this!
Each month, I will post a reminder at the beginning of the month, along with a bit of background discussion. In the second half of the month, I will host a discussion of the book here. I’ll post round-ups of reviews and discussion elsewhere of the novels too, whether recent or from previous years. Sometimes there will be contributions exploring a novel from other people, and I would certainly welcome others. (Niall has volunteered!)
There’s no great incentive to read this list in ranked order. I suspect some of the rankings are a very close thing, and the given order of the list is no authority for subjective quality. So instead, this will be a chronological project. I’ve gone with global chronological dates instead of their publication dates in the UK in particular. Life has yet to be published here, and some of us are occasionally prone to reading books on import instead of waiting for the possibility of local publication. Further, a major proportion of the poll participants were based outside of the UK, and so this country’s publication schedule does not necessarily affect the local availability of a given novel for them.
(It’s been an interesting challenge: I had no idea how hard it was going to be to figure out the month in which some of these books were published.)
So here’s the schedule:
|February||Bold as Love, by Gwyneth Jones|
|March||The Speed of Dark, by Elizabeth Moon|
|April||Natural History, by Justina Robson|
|May||The Time-Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffennegger|
|June||Maul, by Tricia Sullivan|
|July||City of Pearl, by Karen Traviss|
|August||Life, by Gwyneth Jones|
|September||Farthing, by Jo Walton|
|October||The Carhullan Army/Daughters of the North, by Sarah Hall|
|November||Lavinia, by Ursula Le Guin|
|December||Spirit, by Gwyneth Jones|
23 thoughts on “Reading Future Classics by Women”
This is brilliant, Shana. I will definitely be taking part in June and December.
A few weeks ago, I decided to do the same, although I chose different books – see here. January’s review is already up here.
It’s pretty awesome that the Justina Robson novel falls in April since that is the month she will be the GOH at Swancon in Perth, Australia!
I’ll definitely be trying to join you for some of these, there are several I have been meaning to read, and at least one on my To Read shelf right now…
Ian and Martin: It’s the year of book-of-the-month reading!
Tansy: What fortunate timing!