We have had some brilliant female authors writing sci-fi – Ursula K LeGuin and C.J.Cherry to name just two – but many of them are unknown to modern generations of readers because their books went out of print.
For an explanation of why this happened, please read Kathryn Rusch’s brilliant post here:
One of the things Rusch has done to redess this gaping hole in the history of books is to create a website devoted to women in writing. You can find some glorious lists here:
As I started reading through the alphabetical listings, I found myself yelling ‘yes, yes!’ as I came across names I’d read, loved and pretty much forgotten.
But the changes in the publishing industry buried male authors as well as women – Theodore Sturgeon and H.Beam Piper can only be found in the bowels of Amazon these days [thanks be to the Zon!] So if you have a blog and you have favourite authors who have gone out of print [and out of mind], resurrect them with a mention.
Beautiful writing needs to be cherished. Resurrect a book today. 😀