List of famous feminist science fiction books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular feminist science fiction books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best feminist science fiction novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.
List ranges from The Handmaid's Tale to The Left Hand of Darkness, plus much more.
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Angel Island is a science fiction/fantasy novel by American feminist author, journalist and suffragette Inez Haynes Irwin, writing under the name Inez Haynes Gillmore. It was originally published by Henry Holt in January 1914. The novel is about a group of men shipwrecked on an island occupied by winged-women. Angel Island was reprinted in the February 1949 issue of Famous Fantastic Mysteries, and again in 1978 by Arno Press. In 1988 in was republished by Plume as a "classic of early feminist literature" with an introductory essay by science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin. ...more on Wikipedia
Author: Inez Haynes Irwin
Genres (Book): Speculative fiction
Herland is a utopian novel from 1915, written by feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The book describes an isolated society composed entirely of women, who reproduce via parthenogenesis. The result is an ideal social order: free of war, conflict, and domination. It first appeared as a serial in The Forerunner, a magazine edited and written by Gilman between 1909 and 1916. The book is the middle volume in her utopian trilogy; it was preceded by Moving the Mountain, and followed with a sequel, With Her in Ourland. It was not published in book form until 1979. ...more on Wikipedia
Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
First Published: 1979-04
Subjects: Literary, Literature, Classics, Women, Adventure, + more
Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Utopian and dystopian fiction, Feminist science fiction, Fiction, Sociology
Original Language: English Languagesee more on Herland
Kindred is the bestselling novel by American science-fiction author Octavia E. Butler. Part time-travel tale and part slave narrative, it was first published in 1979 and is still widely popular; it is regularly chosen as a text for community-wide reading programs and book organizations, as well as being a common choice for high school and college courses. The book is the first-person account of a young African-American woman writer, Dana, who finds herself shuttled between her California home in 1976 and a pre-Civil War Maryland plantation. There she meets her ancestors: a spoiled, self-destructive white slave owner and the proud black freewoman he has forced into slavery and concubinage. As ...more on Wikipedia
Author: Octavia E. Butler
First Published: 1979-06
Subjects: Classics, Slavery, Feminism, Time travel
Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Feminist science fiction, Fiction, Novel, Science Fiction
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Millennial Women is a 1978 science fiction anthology, edited by Virginia Kidd, in which all the stories are written by women and have a female character as the primary protagonist. The themes which these stories have in common are those of social science fiction: that which is perceived as alien, the uses of language, careers, familial relationships, sexual politics, social constructions of gender, political freedom and equality. ...more on Wikipedia
Genres (Book): Utopian and dystopian fiction, Social science fiction, Feminist science fiction, Science Fiction
Original Language: English Languagesee more on Millennial Women