A couple of months ago, Tricia Sullivan gave an interview
in which, among other things, she discussed the fact that the proportion of Arthur C Clarke Awards going to women has nose-dived in the last ten years -- one winner between 2001 and 2010, compared to five between 1991 and 2000. I spun this off into a discussion at Torque Control
, which eventually ranged far and wide over possible causes and effects.
As part of the follow-up to the discussion, and specifically as a counter to Gollancz's all-male "Future Classics" promotion of a couple of years ago
, I've been running a poll
to determine the best science fiction novels published in the last ten years by women. You can see examples of peoples' lists here
, and I'll be announcing the overall top ten at torque_control
over the next week, starting tomorrow.
So, this is a final trawl for votes! I'm looking for the top ten science fiction novels by women from the last ten years (2001-2010). You can email me
, or fill in the poll below. All votes must be received by 23.59 on Sunday 5 December, that is, the end of today
. I am looking for science fiction, as opposed to fantasy, because in the discussion it was generally felt that in the UK science fiction by women has a much harder time than fantasy by women. But your own definition of science fiction applies; whatever you think counts, counts. Also, you don't have to rank your nominations; they all get equal weighting. And if you only want to nominate five, or one, then please do so -- the ten will emerge from the wisdom of the crowd.
Thanks in advance for voting -- and feel free to link to this post.