First off, let me say that I am not a bra burning looney. Lets get that clear. However, I am passionate about the perceived absence of women SF writers. I say perceived and not actual, because at the last list produced by Ian Sayles at Eastercon, there were 151 women writers who have had an SF book published in the last rolling century.
That’s pretty impressive by any standards, but I challenge you to name 20 of them without using Google. How many are on your bookshelves? How many have you read? Conversely, how many Urban Fantasy and traditional fantasy women writers can you name? Probably more than the women in SF. My point is this: Contrary to popular opinion, women do write SF. They are out there working hard. So why don’t we know more about them? Is it that publishers devote less marketing budget to their work? Is it that publishers don’t print them? Are they comfortable writing in SF? What are the barriers preventing women becoming as successful as, say, Iain M Banks and Alistair Reynolds?