Top 10 Tuesday: Feminist Science Fiction


One of my favourite very niche genres to read is feminist science fiction. There are more titles in this area than one might believe, and they are all very cool! Feminist Sci-Fi poses questions about gender roles, sexuality, reproduction, and power structures between men and women. Sci-Fi allows authors the freedom to create utopias illustrating worlds free of sexism, homophobia and prejudice, as well as dystopias where the gender divide is exaggerated in order to open a dialogue regarding the role of social constructs in understanding gender. I haven’t had much (or any) time to read lately, but I had created a group on Goodreads to explore this sub-genre which I have since handed off to others to moderate. Check it out here if you are curious about other titles under this umbrella.

  1. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  3. Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin
  4. Cyteen (trilogy) by C. J. Cherryh
  5. The SLave and the Free by Suzy McKee Charnas
  6. Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr (Alice Sheldon)
  7. Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
  8. A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski
  9. Women of Wonder edited by Pamela Sargent
  10. Daughters of Earth edited by Justine Larbalestier


  1. I love how Le Guin presents an alternative form of sexuality in such a natural way in The Left Hand of Darkness. I’m currently reading Tehanu, and it feels like a feminist book in a similar way.

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