Trotzsche, I find it interesting that all of the books are your list are by male writers and nearly all of them have male protagonists. What in your opinion is the reason for this? Do you read books by female authors or with female protagonists? Do you dislike these stories? Why?
Many writers of science fiction and fantasy are female and have been for the last 50 years. These writers are award winners and have written best sellers: Ursala LeGuin, Ann McCaffrey, John Tiptree, Margaret Atwood, Andre Norton, Madeline L'Engle, Nancy Farmer, Octavia Butler, CJ Cherryh, Catherine Asaro, Lois McMaster Bujold, Robin Hobbs, Kate Elliot, Mary Robinette Kowel, Sheri S Tepper, Mareen McHugh, Suzanne Colllins.
I'm reluctant to jump in with a proposed list of top ten because I haven't read everything, and I'm not sure how to judge--stories I enjoyed the most? Most influential books? The most ground breaking books? Books most representative of the genre? A lot of the most groundbreaking stuff isn't representative of the genre. The two criteria are somewhat exclusive of each other. If the criteria used for judging the quality of books produces a list of all male authors, I question the validity of the criteria. A easy way to select for all male authors is to exclude YA thus putting Nancy Farmer, Suzanne Collins, and Madeline L'Engle out of the running. Another way is to exclude science fiction which has romantic elements which knocks out Catherine Asaro, Lois McMaster Bujold, Kate Elliot, and Ann McCaffrey. Knock out feminist fiction and there goes Sheri S. Tepper and Margaret Atwood. I think the list of ten idea ends up with comparing apples to oranges. So which is better a Clockwork Orange or McCaffrey's Apple(Get off the Unicorn)?
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