Best Fantasy & Sci-Fi Books by Award-Winning Female Authors

Fantasy and sci-fi are booming right now with diverse stories written by people of diverse backgrounds. Although the genres are historically very white and very male, people of other backgrounds have taken the hallowed halls of SFF by storm with books that defy readers’ expectations of what the genres can be.

It’s no wonder that many women who have penned great fantasy and sci-fi novels also received recognition for them, with many female Nebula Award winners and nominees, Hugo Award winners and nominees, and recipients of many other awards appearing on the SFF shelves.

If you’re looking for your next great read—whether fantasy or sci-fi books by female authors—we’ve got you covered. Here are just a few of the great voices out there, waiting to whisk you away.



D.R. Baker is a writer and musician based in New York City. Their work has appeared at Book Riot, Submittable, HowlRound, and others.