Two things jumped out at me about the Top Ten listed here. My first thought was how many of the books on it I've read; usually I don't do so well with lists like this, but this time I've actually read six out of the ten, and one (Anathem) I own but haven't read yet. Of the other three, there is one that I'm unlikely to read (the Sanderson), one I've never heard of, and one that I probably really ought to read, given how much I've heard about Patrick Rothfuss.
My second thought: "Hold on a minute, are those authors really all men?"
They aren't -- Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke is at number five. But still.
As you read farther down the list, women get a little better represented: three more in the rest of the Top Twenty (JK Rowling, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Suzanne Collins), and six books by women in a list of 27 that could crack the top depending on how the voting patterns go. So that's 10 books by 9 women authors (Bujold is listed twice) out of 47 books by 33 authors total, or 21% and 27% respectively.
I have to run out the door for work, so no time for analysis, but it does raise the question: Is it really the case that only 25% of currently published science fiction and fantasy authors are female? Or is there something else going on here?
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