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What women write: Published in 2016

One of our main goals here at Breaking the Glass Slipper was to increase the discussion of women writing SFF. We constantly see male authors talked about, reviewed, and recommended, making it appear as though women aren’t writing and publishing great SFF. That’s simply not true; there are many fantastic women writers creating content.

So, in an effort to increase awareness of women writing science fiction, fantasy, and horror, we have painstakingly gone through the 2016 publishing catalogues of several publishing houses. Obviously, we have tried to include as many publishers and publications as we could, but we don’t pretend to have created an exhaustive list (as such, no self-published titles have been included, as trying to compile that information would be near impossible). Publishers we have included include Angry Robot, Titan Books, Tor.com, Tor/Forge, Gollancz, Harper Voyager, Hodder, Ace/Penguin, Orbit Books, Del Rey, Jo Fletcher Books, Tachyon Publications, and Ragnarok Publications. 

We have compiled the list according to the publishers’ own categorisation of titles. Many of these titles do crossover across the speculative fiction genres. So while Horror only has a few entries, a number of the Fantasy titles are either ‘dark fantasy’ or have horror tropes within them.

Note: We have attempted to verify that all books on this list are written/edited by someone who identifies as a woman. Apologies if we have made any errors.

If there are any glaring omissions here, please point them out to us! This is meant to be a resource for readers, so we want to include as many relevant titles as we can.

Fantasy

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab

A Season of Spells by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

A Star Shall Fall (Onyx Court #3) by Marie Brennan

A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters) by Mercedes Lackey

Alice by Christina Henry

Alien Nation by Gini Koch

All Fixed Up by Linda Grimes

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

All Your Wishes by Cat Adams

Allegiance of Honour (Psy-changeling) by Nalini Singh

An Accident of Stars by Foz Meados

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Angel of Storms (Milennium’s Rule #2) by Trudi Canavan

Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh

Assassin Queen by Anna Kashina

Battlestorm by Susan Kinard

Beauty & the Beast: Fire at Sea by Nancy Holder

Belle Chasse by Suzanne Johnson

Blade of Fortriu (The Bridei Chronicles #2) by Juliet Marillier

Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb

Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter

Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

Broken Crowns by Lauren Destefano

Caraval by Stephenie Garber

City of Dragons by Robin Hobb

City of Wolves by Willow Palacek

Closer to the Chest (Herald Spy #3) by Mercedes Lackey

Cloudbound by Fran Wilde

Conspiracy of Ravens (The Shadow #2) by Lila Bowen

Crimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton

Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter

Cursed (The Soulseeker Chronicles #2) by Sue Tingey

Dangerously Charming by Deborah Blake

Dark Carousel by Christine Feehan

Dark Shadows: Heiress of Collinwood by Lara Parker

Darkhaven by A.F.E. Smith

Daughter of Blood (Wall of Night #3) by Helen Lowe

Death’s Master by Tanith Lee

Demons of the Flame Sea by Jean Johnson

Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier

Doom of the Dragon by Margaret Wies and Tracy Hickman

Dragon Heart by Cecelia Holland

Dragon Spawn by Eileen Wilks

Dreaming Death: A Palace of Dreams by J. Kathleen Cheney

Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia A. McKillip

Dreamweaver by C. S. Friedman

Eclipse The Flame (Ignite the Shadows #2) by Ingrid Seymour

Eterna and Omega by Leanna Renee Hieber

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs

Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal

Goldenfire (Darkhaven #2) by A.F.E. Smith

Grim Tidings (Wolves of Llise #2) by Nancy K. Wallace

Harsh Gods (Conspiracy of Angels #2) by Michelle Belanger

Illicit (Luna Lake #2) by Cathy Clamp

Immortal Nights (Argeneau Vampire) by Lynsay Sands

Imprudence (The Custard Protocol #2) by Gail Carriger

In Ashes Lie (Onyx Court #2) by Marie Brennan

In the Labyrinth of Drakes: A Memoir by Lady Trent (A Natural History of Dragons #4) by Marie Brennan

Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey

Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer

League of Dragons (Temeraire) by Naomi Novik

Legacy of the Demon by Diana Rowland

Little Nothing by Marisa Silver

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews

Midnight Marked (Chicagoland Vampires) by Chloe Neill

Mirror Image by Michael Scott and Melanie Ruth Rose

Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

Nightshades by Melissa F. Olson

Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal

Once Broken Faith by Seanan McGuire

Once Upon a Time: Red’s Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver

Otherworld Chills by Kelley Armstrong

Pathfinder Tales: Hellknight by Liane Merciel

Regeneration (Evolution #3) by Stephanie Saulter

Riders by Veronica Rossi

Roadside Magic by Lilith Saintcrow

Rook Song (The Gaia Chronicles #2) by Naomi Foyle

Runaway Vampire (Argeneau Vampire) by Lynsay Sands

Runemarks by Joanne Harris

Seriously Shifted by Tina Connolly

Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly

Shadow (The Romany Outcasts #2) by Christi J. Whitney

Shadow and Flame (The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga #4) by Gail Z. Martin

Shadow Silence by Yasmine Galenorn

Skin by Ilka Tampke

Starspawn by Wendy N. Wagner

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strangely Beautiful by Leanna Renee Hieber

Strife’s Bane by Evie Manieri

The Blood of the Hoopoe (The Gaia Chronicles #3) by Naomi Foyle

The Bloodsworn by Erin Lindsey

The Conclave of Shadow by Alyc Helms

The Copper Promise by Jen Williams

The Day Before Forever by Anna Caltabiano

The Dragon’s Legacy (The Dragon’s Legacy #1) by Deborah A. Wolf

The Dreaming Hunt by Cindy Dees and Bill Flippin

The Fall of the Dagger (The Forsaken Lands #3) by Glenda Larke

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by N.K. Jemison

The Immortal Throne by Stella Gemmell

The Immortals (Olympus Bound #1) by Jordanna Max Brodsky

The Interminables by Paige Orwin

The Jewel and her Lapidary by Fran Wilde

The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough

The Lyre Thief by Jennifer Fallon

The Mage Wars (A Valdemar Omnibus) by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon

The Map of Bones by Francesca Haig

The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman

The Nature of a Pirate by A. M. Dellamonica

The Nightmare Charade by Mindee Arnett

The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2) by N.K. Jemison

The Race by Nina Allan

The Sight by Chloe Neill

The Sight (Devil’s Isle) by Chloe Neill

The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief (Jesperson and Lane #1) by Lisa Tuttle

The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

The Sun’s Domain by Rebecca Levene

The Two Torcs (Robin Hood: Demon Bane #2) by Debbie Viguié and James R. Tuck

The Veil (Devil’s Isle) by Chloe Neill

The Weaver’s Lament by Elizabeth Haydon

The White Spell by Lynn Kurland

This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

Thunder Lord by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deborah J. Ross

Truthwitch (Witchlands) by Susan Dennard

Undead and Done by Maryjanice Davidson

Unhonored by Tracy Hickman and Laura Hickman

Unquiet Land by Sharon Shinn

Untitled (Guild Hunter) by Nalini Singh

Updraft by Fran Wilde

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Vigil (Verity Fassbinder #1) by Angela Slatter

Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan

Warcraft: Durotan (The Official Movie Prequel) by Christie Golden

Warcraft: The Official Movie Novelization by Christie Golden

Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen

Wasteland King by Lilith Saintcrow

Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh

Winter Halo by Keri Arthur

Wounded by Laurell K. Hamilton

Science Fiction

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

After Atlas by Emma Newman

Behind the Throne by K. B. Wagers

Break the Chains by Megan E. O’Keefe

Cloak of War (The Empress Game Trilogy #2) by Rhonda Mason

Company Town by Madeline Ashby

Confluence by S. K. Dunstan

Crosstalk by Connie Willis

Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman

Everfair by Nisi Shawl

Everything Belongs to the Future by Laurie Penny

False Hearts by Laura Lam

Flying by Carrie Jones

Hidden in Sight by Julie E. Czerneda

Infomocracy by Malka Older

Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

Necessity by Jo Walton

Necrotech by K. C. Alexander

Occupy Me by Tricia Sullivan

Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente

Rebellion by J. A. Souders

Replica by Lauren Oliver

Resistance is Futile by Jenny T. Golgan

Revelations by J. A. Souders

Runtime by S. B. Divya

Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer

Speak by Louisa Hall

Splintergrate by Deborah Teramis Christian

Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Grey

Steal The Sky by Megan E. O’Keefe

The Blockade by Jean Johnson

The Cold Between by Elizabeth Bonesteel

The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord

The Gate to Futures Past by Julie E. Czerneda

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

The Hanged Man by P. N. Elrod

The High Ground (Imperials #1) by Melinda Snodgrass

The Rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster

The Switch by Justina Robson

Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer

Where by Kit Reed

Wolf’s Empire: Gladiator by Claudia Christian and Morgan Grant Buchanan

Horror

Bite by K.S. Merbeth

Fathomless by Anne M. Pillsworth

Feedback (Newsflesh #4) by Mira Grant

Nightmares by Ellen Datlow

Nightstruck by Jenna Black

Rise: The Complete Newsflesh Collection by Mira Grant

The Family Plot by Cherie Priest

The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood

The Last Days of Salton Academy by Jennifer Brozek

Unmortal by Anne M. Pillsworth

4 comments

  1. My book Dreaming Death came out from Ace/Roc in 2016…

  2. Two additional great books from 2016 were Ren Warom’s Escapology (Titan) and Emma Geen’s The Many Selves of Katherine North (Bloomsbury).

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