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Women in Science & Science Fiction: Authors

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Joanna Russ

"Joanna Russ Publishes  The Female Man, "When It Changed" (1970, 1972)
An outspoken lesbian feminist, Joanna Russ was extremely influential in terms of sexuality and gender in science fiction when the genre was just beginning to hit its pop-cultural stride in the 1970s." via

James Triptree

  Alice B. Sheldon found literary success by using the pen name of James Tiptree, Jr. to write Science Fiction stories.

" Science fiction writer James Tiptree, Jr. earned the reputation of being a male author who understood women.
.... In reality, he was a she. Alice B. Sheldon (1915 - 1987) used the male pen name to write in a time when male authors could expect more success in the realm of science fiction." via NPR

Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain

"Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain's Sultana's Dream was first published in the Indian Ladies Magazine in Madras in 1905, and as a standalone book in 1908, and is among the earliest known works of Indian science fiction—certainly of Indian science fiction in English" via