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Veracity said in February 27th, 2011 at 6:35 am

Only 3 women authors by my count. That’s pretty pathetic. Where’s Ursula le Guin? Where’s Octavia Butler? Where are any of the other countless women who have written alien stories?

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Rusty said in February 27th, 2011 at 10:11 am

Veracity,

A few things:

1. I counted 6 women authors (7 if you count the transgendered author) So I don’t know where you learned to count, but maybe you should check the list again.

2. And even if there are 7 women authors, I agree that isn’t a very high number. I wonder what the ratio of women SF authors to men SF authors is? I wonder if my list is representative of that ratio? Do you have any stats for me?

3. Remember, this list is MY favorite alien stories. So even though I have read other stories by women authors, I didn’t think they were as good as the ones I put up here.

4. Here’s your chance – which alien stories by women authors would you have put on the list? I would love to see your choices.

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legiscircenses said in March 8th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I don’t remember the title or the author – just the plot. Humans versus unknown Alien armada. Just as the two fleets are to join in a titanic, winner take all the universe battle, the human fighter pilot is suddenly taken from his ship and deposited on a barren planet. He comes to and there is a real alien there with him separated by a transparent force field. No food, not water, just clear that each must destroy the other as a form of battle of the champions. The barrier separates the life forms but no inorganics. The alien whirls around and moves away to use its many tendrils to piece together some sort of weapon. The human realizing he can not make an effective weapon instead, guesses, and knocks himself out and falls through the barrier. Kills the alien and is whisked back to his ship in time to hear that the entire alien fleet has mysteriously been wiped out. Maybe this story has stuck in my head because of the common plot – or because of the imaginative alien.

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Rusty said in March 8th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Thanks Legiscrcenses, that sounds like a really cool story. It reminds me of the movie “Enemy Mine” starring Dennis Quaid. Good stuff!