I’m all for the concept of posting this list of the 100 Greatest SF stories written by women. But what about what was arguably the first SF story ever written? By that, I mean Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which was written in 1823, five years before Jules Verne even appeared on the scene.
Since I love numbers, I wanted to see if there was a progression, here.
Here’s a breakout of these by quarter-century groupings (except for the last group).
Over two-thirds of the list have occurred in the past 38 years. In fact, the rate of appearances in this list is actually growing exponentially (assuming we would see more womens’ SF being added to the list in the next twelve years of the latest quarter century period.
What does this mean?
Not a clue, of course. A lot of other folks have written deeper studies of the issue of gender in SF than I’ll be able to pull off here in a quick blog post on a Thursday night. But it’s a list of great fiction, so I suggest you go and enjoy it. 🙂