Welcome to the brand new podcast, Breaking the Glass Slipper. There are so many wonderful women writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror but they are often overlooked. We ask why gender inequality continues to pervade best of lists and where the bottleneck may lie.

If you’re interested in any of the lists or articles we discussed in today’s episode, here are a few links: Geekritique, Barnes and Noble’s top 25 SFF books of 2015, Gollancz Masterworks, NPR’s top 100 SFF books, and commentary on NPR’s list.

After recording this episode, writer Aliette de Bodard linked to yet another ‘best of’ list featuring 16 men and only 1 woman. This is not a unique issue. Why not share with us some of your favourite female writers of genre fiction?