Monday, April 13, 2015

SF Women A-Z: Kowal, Kress, and Kushner

"K" SF women kick butt!

I'm most familiar with Mary Robinette Kowal's Glamourist Histories novels (set in an alternate Regency where magic works), but she has also written novellas and short stories. (The covers for her print books are much more attractive than what I have here!) She's won two Hugos and the John W. Campbell Award. She was vice-president of SFWA in 2010, but I don't think she still holds that position. Learn more about her and her work on her website, Wikipedia, and Amazon.

Nancy Kress is best known for her work Beggars in Spain. (I've read the entire trilogy.) She writes everything from short stories to novels and won a Nebula for Best Novella in 2012. Her work focuses on genetic engineering and artificial intelligence. You can learn more about this accomplished author on her website and Wikipedia and read her books on Amazon.

Ellen Kushner was a Guest of Honor (along with her wife, Delia Sherman) at the second WisCon I attended. She writes mannerpunk such as Swordspoint and its two sequels. She's also run programs for the Online Writing Workshop for Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror, though I don't remember taking any classes from her during my time in OWW. Learn more about her on her website and Wikipedia and read her books on Amazon.

Feel free to add more "K" SF women authors to this list in the comments below.


PT Dilloway said...

Nancy Kress seems familiar for some reason.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Vice president of the SFWA - impressive.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Have you read any of Kress's stories, Pat?

Alex--I read Kowal's blog occasionally, and she's very knowledgeable and gracious.

Jay Noel said...

I have always wanted to read some of Kress' work, particularly Beggars in Spain. Thanks for the reminder.

Susan Kane said...

Not familiar with these authors, but it thrills me that they have found success in this genre.

Over from the A to Z.

Cherie Colyer said...

I haven't heard of these books. Of to check them out.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Kress's work is worth reading, Jay!

Susan, there are plenty of other successful women in this genre.

Cherie, I hope you discover some new authors!

Alex Hurst said...

Kushner! I have yet to read her work, but my gf is in love with Swords Point, and Kushner's wife, Delia Sherman, is also a great writer, I'm told.

Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
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Anonymous said...

I first read Nancy Kress' _The White Pipes_ when I was 10, on family vacation to DC. She's from Brockport, NY - my dad's hometown & where my mom went to college, so I've always felt a strange closeness to her. Local lady!

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