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Fantasy

My list of top female scifi/fantasy heroines.

A

Rachel Aaron

Ben Aaronovitch

Lynn Abbey

Mario Acevedo

John Joseph Adams

Shelley Adina

Douglas Adams

Saladin Ahmed

Isabel Allende

Lou Anders

Douglas A. Anderson

Kevin J. Anderson

Ilona Andrews

Josephine Angelini

Anthologies

Piers Anthony

Kelley Armstrong

Catherine Asaro

Robert Asprin

B

Camille Bacon-Smith

Pip Ballantine

L. A. Banks

Christopher Barzak

Peter S. Beagle

Elizabeth Bear

Lyn Benedict

Steve Berman

Susan Bischoff

Anne Bishop

Holly Black

Jenna Black

Heather Blackwood

Deborah Blake

Kendare Blake

Alice Borchardt

Rhys Bowen

Libba Bray

M.L. Brennan

Marie Brennan

Patricia Briggs

Kristen Britain

Meljean Brook

Steven Brust

Emma Bull

Jim Butcher

C

Michael Cadnum

Rachel Caine

Kristen Callihan

Dana Cameron

Orson Scott Card

Jacqueline Carey

Mike Carey

Gail Carriger

Kristin Cashore

Karen Chance

Kristi Charish

C.J. Cherryh

Cassandra Clare

Susanna Clarke

Eoin Colfer

Suzanne Collins

Harry Connolly

Glen Cook

Paul Cornell

Kady Cross

Elaine Cunningham

Leah R. Cutter

Julie E. Czerneda

D

Gina Damico

Ellen Datlow

MaryJanice Davidson

Gail Dayton

Mark del Franco

Charles de Lint

See also the Kids section

Bradley Denton

Carole Nelson Douglas

Sara Douglass

Gardner Dozois

Dave Duncan

E

David Eddings

Rosemary Edghill

Kate Elliot

P.N. Elrod

Carol Emshwiller

Jennifer Estep

F

Raymond E. Feist

Phil & Kaja Foglio

Jeffery Ford

Alan Dean Foster

Diana Pharaoh Francis

Esther M. Friesner

Gregory Frost

Jeaniene Frost

John R Fultz

G

Diana Gabaldon

Neil Gaiman

See also the Kids page and the Graphic Novels page

Yasmine Galenorn

James Alan Gardner

A.C. Gaughen

Kelly Gay

Abigail Gibbs

Laura Anne Gilman

William Goldman

Terry Goodkind

Theodora Goss

Heather Graham

Andrew M. Greeley

Simon R. Green

Martin H. Greenberg

Paula Guran

Justin Gustainis

H

Laurell K Hamilton

M.L.N. Hanover

Deborah Harkness

Charlaine Harris

Kim Harrison

Donald Harstead

David G. Hartwell

Michele Hauf

John Twelve Hawks

Elizabeth Haydon

Lian Hearn

Kevin Hearne

John Helfers

James A. Hetley

Henry Herz

Tracy Hickman

Leanna Renee Hieber

Jim C. Hines

Robin Hobb

Steve Hockensmith

Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Nancy Holder

David Holland

Daniel Hoyt

Sarah A. Hoyt

Tanya Huff

Barry Hughart

Kerrie Hughes

Stephen Hunt

C.C. Hunter

Faith Hunter

Charlie Huston

I

Conn Iggulden

J

Benedict Jacka

D.B. Jackson

J. Richard Jacobs

Elliott James

Kij Johnson

J.V Jones

Tamara Siler Jones

K

Richard Kadrey

Guy Gavriel Kay

Anne Kelleher

Toni L.P. Kelner

Katherine Kerr

Caitlín R. Kiernan

Nancy Kilpatrick

Laurie R. King

Stephen King

Caitlin Kitteredge

John Klima

Francis Knight

Kathe Koja

Mary Robinette Kowal

Nancy Kress

Susan Krinard

Katharine Kurtz

Ellen Kushner

Yanni Kuznia

L

Mercedes Lackey

Robin LaFevers

Mur Lafferty

Joe R. Lansdale

Stephen R. Lawhead

Rachel Lee

Tanith Lee

Ursula K. Le Guin

John Levitt

Megan Lindholm

Jane Lindskold

Marissa K. Lingen

Kelly Link

Holly Lisle

Denise Little

Marjorie Liu

Morgan Llywelyn

Sergei Lukyanenko

Scott Lynch

M

Jonathan Maberry

Katie MacAlister

Gregory Maguire

Rebecca Maines

George Mann

Melissa Marr

Ann Marston

George R. R. Martin

A. Lee Martinez

Lish McBride

Brian McClellan

Seanan McGuire

Juliet E. McKenna

Dennis L. McKiernan

Patricia A. McKillip

Robin McKinley

Bec McMasters

Jon F Merz

China Mieville

Christopher Moore

Janet Morris

Tee Morris

C.E. Murphy

N

Terry Newman

Garth Nix

Sharyn November

Naomi Novik

Jody Lynn Nye

O

Andrew Offutt

Nnedi Okorafor

Daniel José Older

Melissa F. Olson

Daniel O’Malley

Pat O'Shea

P

Dru Pagliassotti

Kristen Painter

Cindy Spenser Pape

Richard Parks

Fiona Patton

Diana L. Paxson

Nicole Peeler

Victor Pelevin

Jesse Petersen

Terry Pratchett

See also the Kids Section.

T.A. Pratt

Cherie Priest

Philip Pullman

Q

R

Jennifer Rardin

Melanie Rawn

Mickey Zucker Reichert

Kristopher Reisz

Laura Resnick

Mike Resnick

Kat Richardson

Ransom Riggs

Jennifer Roberson

Michaela Roessner

Moira Rogers

Margaret Ronald

J.K. Rowling

S.J. Rozan

Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Karen Russell

Sean Russell

S

Michelle Sagara

Lilith Saintcrow

Brandon Sanderson

David J. Schwartz

Darrell Schweitzer

Ekaterina Sedia

Nisi Shawl

Robert Shea

Lisa Shearin

Delia Sherman

Josepha Sherman

Sharon Shinn

Robert Silverberg

Sherwood Smith

Lemony Snicket

Thomas Sniegoski

Midori Snyder

Dana Stabenow

Jeanne C. Stein

Caroline Stevermer

Maggie Stiefvater

S.M. Stirling

J. Michael Straczynski

See also Comics

Jonathan Strahan

Jonathan Stroud

Matthew Sturges

T

Thieves' World

Rob Thurman

J.R.R. Tolkein

S.D. Tower

James R. Tuck

Megan Whalen Turner

Harry Turtledove

U

V

Catherynne M. Valente

Genevieve Valentine

Vampire Hunter D

Carrie Vaughn

Katherine Vaz

Lynn Viehl

Paula Volsky

W

Jo Walton

Margaret Weis

Phaedra Weldon

Jaye Wells

Martha Wells

Michelle West

Eileen Wilks

Liz Williams

Bill Willingham

F. Paul Wilson

Robert Anton Wilson

Terri Windling

Maryrose Wood

Patricia C. Wrede

Janny Wurts

X

Y

Chelsa Quinn Yarbro

Jane Yolen

Z

Roger Zelazny

Sarah Zettel

Stephan Zielinski