Thursday, April 02, 2015

SF Women A-Z: Bountiful Bs: Baudino, Bradley, Bujold, Buroker, and Broad Universe

There are so many great SF/F women authors with "B" names that I couldn't limit myself to one. One could say they are quite bountiful, even...

Gael Baudino--I included her because Gossamer Axe introduced me to lesbian characters and made me sympathize with them. (Prior to that I didn't know much about them--yes, I was sheltered.) Fiction is a wonderful way to open the mind, especially if it's science fiction.

Wikipedia entry

Author Page on Amazon

Marion Zimmer Bradley--Despite the deplorable accusations of child sex abuse that came out last year, MZB is too well-known to be left off this list. I was a big fan of her Sword and Sorceress series for a while and thought about submitting a short story to this anthology, but I didn't get anything to the point where I felt it was worth submitting. The series is still going strong, so maybe I should come up with a story for it.

Wikipedia entry

Official website

Link to books on Amazon

Lois Bujold--A relatively recent discovery for me. I was awed by her Chalion series--and a bit embarrassed that my Season Avatars series (which I first drafted long before I read Bujold) features both season-based deities and a country named Challen. We take the basic ideas in vastly different directions, IMO. I'm not very far along in the Vorkosigan Saga; I recently read Cordelia's Honor. I plan to get the next book in the series when I return to the library.

Official website

Wikipedia entry

Link to books on Amazon

Lindsay Buroker--An indie fantasy author who's become an automatic buy for me. Her books feature witty dialogue and plenty of action. She also offers good marketing/business advice on her blog.

Official website

Author page on Amazon

Honorable Mentions: Terri Bruce, sister member of Broad Universe and the founder of the Blog Ring of Power. She has a series about a ghost's journey through the afterlife.

I've read some of  Elizabeth Bear's work and respect her writing skill. Unfortunately, I can't think of the titles I've read at the moment, but I do have a few samples of hers in my immense TBR list.

Special Honorable Mention to all the members of Broad Universe, which is dedicated to promoting women writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. It was founded at WisCon fifteen years ago, and I'm proud to say I'm been a member since the beginning. We support each other online and at conventions. I'll be featuring some of these women individually during the rest of this blogathon. You can find the current full roster here.

Got any comments about these authors, or do you have more to add to the list? (I'm saving Octavia Butler for a critical position in the alphabet, so I didn't forget her.) Feel free to discuss them below.


Alex Hurst said...

Lots of interesting women to look into... hopefully I can remember them all! I'd love some blurbs of your book recommendations in future posts, but only because I'm a bit lazy. :o)

I'll check them out once I'm done commenting!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Be hard to leave off Marion Zimmer Bradley. She's one of the most well-known speculative fiction authors.
Now I'm going to start guessing who you'll feature next. Bet I know at least one C and one F.

Sandra Almazan said...

Maybe I ought to list everyone again in the final A-Z post, Alex H.

Alex C, be sure to stop back and see if you're right!

Maria Zannini said...

As an aside, Lois Bujold is a very genial and generous author. I interviewed her once for OWW.

Sandra Almazan said...

I remember that you wrote for OWW, but I don't remember that particular interview. I wonder if it's still accessible somewhere.

Maria Zannini said...

If they still have it archived, it should be May 2010.

Pat Dilloway said...

I might have to read that Gossamer Axe.

Darla M Sands said...

I had not heard that about Marion Zimmer Bradley. How awful, however you look at it. Thank you for the list. I enjoy learning about authors new to me.

Sandra Almazan said...

Pat, the book doesn't appear to be in eBook format, but you can still get used paper copies through Amazon.

Darla, yes, it's horrible news about MZB. Fortunately, there are a lot of other wonderful authors out there too.

David P. King said...

Wasn't aware of those accusations to Bradley, but I have been meaning to read Sword and Sorceress. :)

D.G. Hudson said...

I've read Octavia Butler, Bujold and M.Z. Bradley and like Butler the best, Bradley then Bujold.

Will come back to see more about Butler! Good selections, IMO.

Anonymous said...

I'll have to check out Gael Baudino, I've never heard of her! :)

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